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July 19, 2016

ESSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Recommendations

The National Governors Association (NGA) sent recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


July 05, 2016

Treasury Rulemaking

Letter (from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison) to U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew urging the department to extend the comment period for the Proposed Treasury-Internal Revenue Service rulemaking to Section 385 of the IRS code.


June 22, 2016

Wildfire Suppression Funding

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership urging Congress to enact budgetary reforms that address wildfire suppression needs.


June 21, 2016

Opioid Addiction

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to provide sufficient resources to states in order for them to continue the work they have begun to combat the opioid crisis.


June 03, 2016

Political Subdivisions

Letter (from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison) to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, urging the withdrawal of a proposed rule that would redefine political subdivisions and set a three-part federal test in order for these entities to issue tax-exempt debt.


May 11, 2016

Transportation Appropriations (Senate)

Letter from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison, as well as the executive directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, to congressional appropriators urging Congress to fully honor the Highway Trust Fund contract authority by not resorting to the use of rescissions.


May 11, 2016

Transportation Appropriations (House)

Letter from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison, as well as the executive directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, to congressional appropriators urging Congress to fully honor the Highway Trust Fund contract authority by not resorting to the use of rescissions.


April 04, 2016

ESSA Implementation

Letter from leaders of the State and Local Implementation Network (the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of State Boards of Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, National School Boards Association, The School Superintendents Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association) to U.S. Secretary of Education John King encouraging regulatory restraint as the U.S. Department of Education implements the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


March 21, 2016

FEMA Disaster Deductible Concept

Letter (from Governor Nixon and Governor Hutchinson) to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate responding to a FEMA request for public comment on a proposal to establish a deductible requirement for states to receive federal disaster aid.


March 04, 2016

Military Technicians

Letter (from 44 governors) to House and Senate leadership asking for the repeal of the section of the National Defense Authorization Act that requires conversion of certain National Guard military technicians into non-uniformed federal civilian employees.


March 02, 2016

Medicaid Managed Care

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning a proposed rule to overhaul regulations governing Medicaid managed care.


February 12, 2016

TSCA Reform

Letter from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison, as well as the executive directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Environmental Council of the States and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, to congressional leadership urging Congress in any final Toxic Substance Control Act reform legislation to maintain state ability to regulate harmful chemicals in the absence of a final decision from the EPA. 


February 10, 2016

ESSA Implementation

Letter from leaders of the State and Local Implementation Network (the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association, The Superintendents Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and National PTA) to Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King announcing their commitment to work together to ensure a smooth transition from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


January 08, 2016

Medicaid Data and Reporting

Letter (from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden in response to their November 13 request for information regarding data gaps and opportunities to streamline Medicaid reporting.


December 02, 2015

Every Student Succeeds Act

Letter (from Governor Herbert, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to House and Senate Education Committee leadership asking Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act by the end of 2015.


November 30, 2015

Fire Borrowing

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to reform the current federal wildfire suppression funding formula to ensure sufficient resources are dedicated and available for wildfire suppression activities, as the practice of using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting no longer provides accurate funding estimates for wildfire suppression activities.


November 17, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Hogan and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate transportation leadership detailing conference priorities and asking for the longest term, highest funding level possible for surface transportation reauthorization.


November 17, 2015

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Cantwell, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva urging Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), while retaining federal programs that are important to states and providing the necessary funding certainty and stability for the LWCF State Assistance grant program. 


November 10, 2015

Early Childhood Education

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership urging Congress to fund Preschool Development Grants in FY 2016 appropriations.


November 05, 2015

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership urging Congress to fully restore the set-aside in FY 2016 appropriations.


November 03, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of State Highways and Transportations Officials) to House leadership urging Congress to oppose an amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 that would divert $5 billion in critical transportation dollars from the states.


October 29, 2015

Speaker of the House Election

Letter (from Governor Herbert and Governor McAuliffe) to Speaker Paul Ryan congratulating him on his election and urging a deliberate and meaningful collaboration between states and Congress.


October 27, 2015

Health Insurance Marketplaces

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with recommendations regarding health insurance marketplaces.


October 27, 2015

Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury with recommendations regarding Section 1332 state innovation waivers.


October 09, 2015

Medicare Part B

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and House and Senate leadership asking for a fiscally responsible solution to the projected increase in Medicare Part B premiums.


September 29, 2015

Land and Water Conservation Fund Expiration

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Cantwell, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop, and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva urging Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before it expires September 30.


September 29, 2015

ESEA Conference

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander; Ranking Member Patty Murray; Committee on Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member Robert Scott urging completion of Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization and offering governors’ priorities during conference.


August 27, 2015

Response to Army Commission Questions

Letter (from Governor Nixon, Governor Hutchinson, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to National Commission on the Future of the Army Chairman Gen. Carter Ham (ret) regarding governors’ perspectives on the importance of the Army National Guard.


July 21, 2015

Fiduciary Definition

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez urging the department to extend the public comment period for the Proposed Conflict-of-Interest rulemaking to define fiduciary under ERISA and allow additional time for consultations with states. 


July 07, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Minority Leader Harry Reid, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Chairman Lamar Alexander; and Ranking Member Patty Murray supporting the Every Child Achieves Act’s framework to restore balance to the state-federal education relationship and complete the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


July 07, 2015

FY 2016 Defense Authorization Conference Committee

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership regarding governors’ priorities for conference negotiations on the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.


July 07, 2015

Federal Cybersecurity Legislation

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to Congressional leadership on ensuring federal cybersecurity legislation supports state efforts to protect consumers, government networks and critical infrastructure.


July 07, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization

Letter (from the executive directors of the State and Local Governance Coalition: the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association and The Superintendents Association) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Harry Reid, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray urging completion of the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.


June 26, 2015

Toxic Substances Control Act Reform

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to House Subcommittee on Environment and Economy Chairman John Shimkus and Ranking Member Frank Pallone thanking them for their bipartisan leadership on passage of H.R. 2576, the Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act of 2015.


June 24, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Letter (Governor Tomblin and Governor Bentley) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation reauthorization that resolves the Highway Trust Fund shortfall without delay.


May 20, 2015

American Community Survey – Big 7

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies leadership urging continued funding for the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey in FY 2016.


May 19, 2015

Highway Trust Fund - Big 7

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall and reauthorize a long-term surface transportation bill.


May 18, 2015

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Cantwell, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop, and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva urging Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and restore the balance in the state-federal allocation to provide long-term certainty and stability for a program that has benefitted every state.


May 01, 2015

In-state Tuition for Veterans at Public Universities

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs issue waiver guidance for states requiring additional time to comply with in-state tuition provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.


April 28, 2015

FirstNet – Second Public Notice

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chairman Sue Swenson expressing concerns with FirstNet’s interpretation of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.


April 20, 2015

Army National Guard Apaches

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Senators McCain and Reed confirming governors’ acceptance of the transfer of 48 Apaches from the Army National Guard to the active Army as authorized in last year’s defense authorization bill and asking them to prohibit the transfer of any additional Apaches beyond the 48 until FY 2017.


April 15, 2015

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senators Murray, Isakson, Casey and Kirk regarding their ESEA amendment to support governors' efforts to align and improve early childhood education.


March 09, 2015

Online Tax Parity

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Speaker of the House Boehner discussing the merits of legislation to grant states the authority to collect.


February 26, 2015

Department of Homeland Security Funding

Letter (from Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Herbert) to Speaker of the House Boehner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Reid urging them to resolve their policy differences and fund the Department of Homeland Security to avoid any lapse in services.


February 26, 2015

Army National Guard Budget

Letter (from Governor Branstad, Governor Malloy, Governor Snyder and Governor McAuliffe) to President Obama expressing opposition to the FY 2016 Army budget proposal and its effect on the Army National Guard.


February 18, 2015

Extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Haslam) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden and to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone urging them to act quickly to extend federal support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


January 27, 2015

Army Commission

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to the President and House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership urging the appointment of National Guard leaders to represent states on the National Commission on the Future of the Army.


January 20, 2015

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Secretaries Perez, Burwell and Duncan regarding implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and governors’ principles and recommendations for the process.


December 04, 2014

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership thanking Congress for passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act with the governors’ 15 percent set-aside and urging members to uphold that law by fully restoring the set-aside in FY 2015 appropriations.


November 18, 2014

Marketplace Fairness - Big 7

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to Congressional leadership regarding passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation this year.


November 14, 2014

National Defense Authorization Act

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor O’Malley) to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership and House Armed Services Committee leadership requesting that the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 maintains flexibility for the nation by preserving Army National Guard capabilities while an independent Commission reviews future Army aviation and force structure requirements.


November 13, 2014

Waters of the U.S.

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Work Jo-Ellen Darcy to ask for greater clarity and continued consultation with states regarding the proposal to define what waters come under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.


October 16, 2014

Municipal Securities - Big 7

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) and Government Finance Officers Association to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation urging them to amend the liquidity coverage ratio final rule and treat municipal securities as High Quality Liquid Assets.


August 29, 2014

Municipal Broadband Networks

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission, submitting comments in opposition to preemption of state laws restricting the deployment of certain broadband networks.


July 07, 2014

Highway Trust Fund - Big 7

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall and reauthorize a long-term surface transportation bill.


July 07, 2014

Highway Trust Fund

Letter (from NGA leadership Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper and EDC leadership Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall without delay.


June 13, 2014

Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to Senate and House Leadership urging reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act through passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.


June 02, 2014

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters urging Congress to complete its work quickly to renew the federal terrorism risk insurance backstop program prior to the expiration of the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Act on December 31, 2014.


May 16, 2014

Internet Gaming

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to involve states collectively in the development of federal legislation that regulates Internet gaming.


May 14, 2014

PREA

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Attorney General Holder concerning the Department of Justice’s compliance deadlines associated with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.


April 29, 2014

National Guard/Air Force Commission Hearing

Letter (from HSPS Committee leadership: Governors Nixon and Snyder, and Council of Governors leadership: Governors Branstad and O’Malley) to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership thanking them for holding a hearing to examine the work of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and to encourage broader collaboration with governors and the Air National Guard in future force structure planning, per the Commission’s recommendations.


April 28, 2014

Higher Education/College Access Challenge Grants

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging redesign of the College Access Challenge Grant program waiver process to ensure that low income students receive critical funding.


April 16, 2014

Reliable Home Heating Act

Letter (from Governor Dalrymple and Governor Malloy) to Senate leadership encouraging them to pass legislation that will improve governors’ ability to respond to disruptions in the supply of critical home heating fuels.


March 28, 2014

Federal Insurance Office (FIO)

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to Treasury Secretary Lew reaffirming the policy of governors that federal laws and regulations must not preempt or undermine the state-based insurance regulatory system, in response to the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office’s report on how to modernize and improve the U.S. insurance regulation system.


March 12, 2014

Marketplace Fairness

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers regarding passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation.


February 28, 2014

National Guard

Letter (from 50 governors) to the President about preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment in order to meet state and federal needs while reducing costs.


February 18, 2014

Primary Freight Network Designation

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to the Department of Transportation regarding the proposed designation of a Primary Freight Network and stressing the economic benefits of a multi-modal, interconnected national freight system.


February 18, 2014

Workforce Investment Act

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to House and Senate Appropriations leadership thanking Congress for partial restoration of the 15 percent Workforce Investment Act (WIA) set-aside and urging members to fully restore the set-aside in FY 2015 appropriations and WIA reauthorization.


February 12, 2014

WRDA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Dalrymple and Governor Malloy) to House and Senate Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conferees urging a final agreement on WRDA and outlining governors’ recommendations on reauthorizing the legislation.


January 14, 2014

Executive Committee Thank You to the President

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor John Hickenlooper) to the President thanking him for a productive meeting with the NGA Executive Committee on a wide range of issues important to states.


October 10, 2013

Federal Government Shutdown and Reimbursement to States

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper) to Congressional leadership and the President calling on Congress and the Administration to reopen the federal government and fully reimburse states for federal costs incurred during the shutdown.


September 30, 2013

Federal Government Shutdown

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper) to Congressional leadership and the President calling on Congress and the Administration to avoid a federal shutdown, resolve the budget impasse and put the federal budget on a sustainable and long-term fiscal path.


September 12, 2013

ESEA Reauthorization

Letter (from the executive directors of the State and Local Governance Coalition: the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Minority Whip John Cornyn, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander urging completion of the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


July 23, 2013

Tax Reform

Letter (from Governor Corbett and Governor Beshear) to Senate Finance Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch urging Congress to preserve the exclusion from income on interest earned from municipal bonds and the deductibility from federal income for state and local taxes in a comprehensive tax reform package.


July 17, 2013

STEM in Immigration Reform

Letter (from Governor Malloy and Governor Branstad) to leadership of the House Committees on the Judiciary, Education and the Workforce and Ways and Means expressing strong support for inclusion of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Education Fund in immigration reform legislation.


June 10, 2013

Homeland Security Grant Reform

Letter (from Governor O’Malley and Governor Sandoval) to House and Senate Homeland Security Committee leadership thanking Congress for supporting state and local homeland security preparedness programs and requesting that federal homeland security grant programs be restructured to streamline processes and ensure the most effective use of taxpayer dollars.


June 05, 2013

National Guard Priorities Letter to Secretary Hagel

Letter (from Governor O’Malley, Governor Sandoval and Governor Branstad) to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel encouraging the Department of Defense to fully utilize the National Guard’s cost-effectiveness and high level of skill to maintain critical capabilities for the federal government and states while reducing the overall size and costs of our nation’s military.


June 05, 2013

National Guard Priorities Letter to Congress

Letter (from Governor O’Malley, Governor Sandoval and Governor Branstad) to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership encouraging Congress to fully utilize the National Guard’s cost-effectiveness and high level of skill to maintain critical capabilities for the federal government and states while reducing the overall size and costs of our nation’s military.


May 14, 2013

NGA/CSG STEP Grant Program

Letter (from the National Governors Association and the Council of State Governments) to House and Senate Leadership supporting the continuation of the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant program (Section 1207 of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act). 


May 14, 2013

STEM Hatch-Klobuchar-Coons Amendment

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Senator Hatch, Senator Klobuchar and Senator Coons expressing gratitude for their leadership to accelerate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and job training for Americans as part of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).


May 06, 2013

Workforce Investment Act

Letter (from Governor Malloy and Governor Branstad) to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership urging members to uphold existing law and restore the 15 percent Workforce Investment Act (WIA) set-aside in FY 2014 appropriations.


May 02, 2013

Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Daugaard and Governor Brown) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to move forward with the Water Resources Development Act in order to address the nation’s water infrastructure needs. The letter also transmits “Governors’ Recommendations for Reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act.”


May 01, 2013

Cyber Warrior Act of 2013 (House)

Letter (from Governor O’Malley, Governor Sandoval, and Governor Branstad) to sponsors of H.R. 1640, the Cyber Warrior Act of 2013, expressing governors’ support for their work to leverage the National Guard to fulfill the nation’s critical cybersecurity needs.


April 22, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act

Letter (from Governor Corbett and Governor Beshear) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the Senate to pass S. 743, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, as soon as possible.


April 11, 2013

Cyber Warrior Act of 2013 (Senate)

Letter (from Governor O’Malley, Governor Sandoval, and Governor Branstad) to sponsors of S. 658, the Cyber Warrior Act of 2013, expressing governors’ support for their work to leverage the National Guard to fulfill the nation’s critical cybersecurity needs.


March 13, 2013

FirstNet Hearing Letter

Letter (from Governor Markell, Governor Fallin, Governor O’Malley and Governor Sandoval) to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo expressing governors’ support for the public safety spectrum provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 , thanking the committee’s leadership in passing this landmark legislation and for holding the March 14, 2013 hearing entitled, “Oversight of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and Emergency Communications.”


February 27, 2013

President Obama, 2013 NGA Winter Meeting Follow-Up

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin) to President Obama thanking him for meeting with governors during the 2013 NGA Winter Meeting and reiterating several legislative and regulatory requests that came as a result of discussions that occurred during the meetings.


February 27, 2013

Congressional Leadership on Sequestration

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to work together to avoid the March 1 sequester by implementing thoughtful solutions to both reduce the deficit and promote economic growth.


February 04, 2013

ESEA Reauthorization

Letter (from the executive directors of the State and Local Governance Coalition - the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, The United States Conference of Mayors, International City/County Management Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association) to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member George Miller urging completion of the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


January 14, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Aid

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin) to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging Congress to act promptly to provide additional supplemental disaster assistance to address the effects of Hurricane Sandy.


January 07, 2013

Air Force Commission

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin, and Council of Governors Co-Chairs Governor Branstad and Governor Gregoire) to the President urging him include senior National Guard leaders to represent states on the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, which was created by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.


December 20, 2012

Municipal Bonds

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, and 21 other state and local organizations) to President Obama and Speaker Boehner urging Congress and the White House to retain the current federal government income tax exclusion for municipal bond interest during year-end negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff.”


December 11, 2012

Marketplace Fairness

Letter (from Governor Gregoire and Governor Haslam) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch urging Congress to level the playing field for all retailers this year by passing S. 1832, the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”


December 10, 2012

FY2013 Air Force Budget Proposal

Letter (from NGA Chair Governor Markell, NGA Vice Chair Governor Fallin and Council of Governors Co-Chairs Governor Branstad and Governor Gregoire) to leaders of the Senate and House Committees on Armed Services requesting continued support in conference for the freeze in Air National Guard manpower and aircraft and for the Senate’s proposed National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.


December 10, 2012

First Responder Network Authority Board Chair

Letter (from Governor O’Malley and Governor Sandoval) to FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn to inform the FirstNet Board’s work in developing a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).


October 25, 2012

Internet Gaming

Letter (from Governor Corbett and Governor Beshear) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress again to involve the states collectively in the development of possible legislation to regulate Internet gaming.


September 19, 2012

First Responder Network Authority Board

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin) to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank expressing governors’ disappointment with the lack of adequate state and local representation on the First Responder Network Authority Board of Directors.


July 31, 2012

Farm Bill

Letter (from Governor Markell and Governor Fallin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to move forward with authorizing legislation for agriculture programs.


July 02, 2012

Affordable Care Act

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting that Department provide timely guidance to clarify the options available to governors following the recent Supreme Court decision in National Federation of Independent Businesses, et al. v Sebelius


June 28, 2012

Digital Goods

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers opposing H.R. 1860, The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act, because it would violate the basic tenets of federalism, erode state tax bases, reduce state revenues, generate excessive litigation and give special treatment to goods and services delivered through digital technology.


June 15, 2012

Comments to NTIA on State and Local Implementation Grant Program

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, submitting comments on various issues relating to the State and Local Implementation Grant Program that will be established pursuant to the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.


June 08, 2012

National Guard Funding

Letter (from NGA Chair Governor Dave Heineman, NGA Vice Chair Governor Jack Markell, and Council of Governors Co-Chairs, Governor Terry Branstad and Governor Chris Gregoire) to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon in response to a letter Chairman McKeon sent to governors regarding this year's National Defense Authorization Act and the personnel, aircraft and resources necessary for the Air National Guard to perform its dual mission overseas and here at home.


June 07, 2012

NGA, CCSSO, NASBE Joint Letter - RTT District Competition Criteria

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Association of State Boards of Education) to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan submitting comments  to the draft requirements and criteria proposed under the Race to the Top District (RTT-D) Competition.


May 18, 2012

Race to the Top and U.S. Territories

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan requesting that the U.S. Department of Education allow the U.S. Territories to compete in the upcoming round of Race to the Top grants.


May 17, 2012

Big 7 Federal Agency Conference Participation

Letter (from the executive directors of the "Big 7" state and local organizations - the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International City/County Management Association) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to oppose legislation that would inhibit communication and collaboration between federal, state and local governments, specifically the overly-broad provisions included in H.R. 2146, the DATA Act and S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act that would severely restrict the participation of federal agency personnel in state and local conferences, meetings and programs.


May 11, 2012

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica encouraging the enactment of a new authorization bill that meets the needs of states and provides the level of federal policy and funding predictability and stability states need to invest wisely in our surface transportation infrastructure.


May 11, 2012

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Provisions

Letter (from Governor Malloy and Governor Daugaard) to Senate Committee on Environment andd Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica supporting the enactment of a new, long-term transportation authorization bill and urging adoption of several provisions added to the legislation during consideration in the Senate.


May 03, 2012

State and Local Governance Coalition - ESEA

Letter (from the executive directors of the State and Local Governance Coalition - the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, The United States Conference of Mayors, International City/County Management Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to complete the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). 


April 27, 2012

Air Force Budget Cuts

Letter (from NGA Chair Governor Heineman, NGA Vice Chair Governor Markell, and Council of Governors Co-Chairs Governor Branstad and Governor Gregoire) to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership saying disproportionate cuts to the Air National Guard that also diminish its capacity to fulfill dual missions at home and abroad are simply not acceptable and urging Congress to support a proposal that honors the enhanced role the Air National Guard plays in our national security today and in the future. Identical letters were sent to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittees on Defense.


April 16, 2012

GASB

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Chair Robert Attmore expressing concerns regarding the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) Preliminary Views (PV) document, Economic Condition Reporting: Financial Projections.


April 04, 2012

Renewable Tax

Letter (from Governor Malloy and Governor Daugaard) to Congressional leadership to support the continuation of the production tax credit for wind and renewable energy and the investment tax credit for wind as well as the recent legislative proposal to institute ITC for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind facilities placed into service.


March 23, 2012

Internet Gaming

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to House and Senate leadership to express governors' interest in the ongoing discussion regarding the regulation of internet gaming in the United States. 


March 09, 2012

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer and Ranking Member James Inhofe applauding Senate efforts to negotiate a bipartisan path forward in the Senate towards adopting a long-term surface transportation reauthorization, encouraging completion of S. 1813, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (“MAP-21”), and highlighting some important guiding principles for reauthorization as the Senate considers amendments to MAP-21. 


February 26, 2012

National Guard FY 2013 Budget Cuts

Letter (from 49 governors) to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta strongly opposing the disproportionate cuts facing the Air National Guard as part of the U.S. Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget request.


February 06, 2012

ESEA Reauthorization

Letter (from the executive directors of five state and local government groups – NGA, NCSL, CSG, NACo, and NSBA) to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Mike Enzi, and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member George Miller urging Congress to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and enact legislation that would reframe the federal-state-local partnership before the next school year begins.


January 20, 2012

D Block Legislation

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Mead) to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison; House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman; and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo recognizing the committees' efforts on S. 911, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, and the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act of 2011 (JOBS Act), and requesting that the governors'  remaining concerns be accommodated.


December 16, 2011

Comments to Treasury Department on Insurance Regulation in the United States

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Michael McRaith, Director, Federal Insurance Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury submitting comments to help inform the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s preparation of its study required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111-203) (“Dodd-Frank Act”) on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States.


December 13, 2011

Rogue Websites, Senate Version

Letter (from Governor Brownback and Governor Nixon) to Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Charles Grassley, urging Congress to enact legislation that would strengthen U.S. law enforcement’s ability to take action against foreign “rogue” websites that traffic in stolen and counterfeit American-made intellectual property, threatening jobs and local economies in our states and across the country.


December 13, 2011

Rogue Websites, House Version

Letter (from Governor Brownback and Governor Nixon) to House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers, urging Congress to enact legislation that would strengthen U.S. law enforcement’s ability to take action against foreign “rogue” websites that traffic in stolen and counterfeit American-made intellectual property, threatening jobs and local economies in our states and across the country.


November 28, 2011

Marketplace Fairness Act

Letter (from Governor Gregoire and Governor Haslam) to Senators Durbin, Enzi, Johnson and Alexander applauding their efforts to level the playing field between Main Street retailers and online sellers by introducing S. 1832, the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”


November 02, 2011

Health Exchange Partnership Models

Letter (from Governor Branstad and Governor Quinn) to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

submitting comments on the design of the state-federal partnership health insurance exchange models related to the Proposed Rule regarding Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 


November 01, 2011

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Co-Chairs Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling expressing support for federal efforts to restore the fiscal health of the country and speed economic recoveryand to caution the Select Committee against proposals that would reduce the federal deficit simply by passing the federal government’s costs to states.


September 21, 2011

WIA Set Aside

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to House and Senate Leadership urging Congress to uphold existing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) statute which reserves 15 percent of Title I formula funding for statewide activities.


September 19, 2011

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to the President and House and Senate Leadership urging urge quick allocation of sufficient funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to accommodate the current open disasters. 


August 22, 2011

National Guard Empowerment

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Mead) to Senate National Guard Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Leahy and Senator Graham expression the appreciation of the nation’s governors for their work to support the National Guard and thanking them for introducing the National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act of 2011


August 18, 2011

Council of Governors Legislative Proposal

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith requesting support for the Council of Governors’ (Council) legislative proposal to authorize the call-up of Title 10 Reserve forces at the request of a governor and codify dual status command arrangements for disaster response. 


August 04, 2011

Business Activity Tax

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Markell) to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers urging Congress to oppose H.R.1439, the "Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2011". As with similar bills in previous Congresses, this bill represents an unwarranted federal intrusion into state affairs that will harm states’ ability to manage their finances and assist in recovery.


July 11, 2011

Medicaid Reductions

Letter (from Governor Gregoire and Governor Heineman) to the President, the Vice President, and House and Senate Leadership regarding Medicaid spending reduction proposals surrounding the federal debt limit discussions.


July 08, 2011

D Block

Letter (from Governor Brewer and Governor O’Malley) to House and Senate leadership urging support in passing S. 911, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The legislation would protect critical public safety communications now and into the future by providing the necessary spectrum, governance and funding to make the nation’s first interoperable public safety network a reality.


July 01, 2011

Special Disability Workload

Letter (from Governor Walker and Governor Kitzhaber) to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging a reolution of the longstanding issue of the federal government’s liability for the cost of health care provided by state Medicaid programs that was the responsibility of Medicare.


July 01, 2011

Higher Ed

Letter (from Governor Nixon and Governor McDonnell) to House and Senate Leadership in support of H.R. 2117, the “Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.”


April 11, 2011

Child Nutrition

Letter (from Governor Nixon and Governor McDonnell) to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack submitting comments in response to the January 13, 2011 proposed rule with respect to “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.”


March 10, 2011

SRF - NGA, NCSL, CSG

Letter (From the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments) to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership to express support for providing states with greater flexibility in administering the clean water and drinking water state revolving loan funds (SRF).


February 22, 2011

SEC, Municipal Advisors

Letter (from Governor Herbert and Governor Perdue) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the SEC to exempt both elected and appointed members of a governing body from the proposed definition of "municipal advisors" in the Registration of Municipal Advisors proposed rulemaking, File No. S7-45-10.


February 04, 2011

NGA/NCSL Bankruptcy

Letter (from the leadership of the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures) to House and Senate leadership expressing that the nation's governors and legislators do not support proposals to provide states with bankruptcy protection.


January 24, 2011

Deficit Reduction

Letter (from Governor Gregoire and Governor Heineman) to House and Senate leadership calling on the federal government to work cooperatively with us to reduce deficits, restore fiscal discipline and promote economic growth and long-term prosperity.


December 02, 2010

Big 7 Stormwater Fees

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International City/County Management Association) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to consider legislation requiring the federal government to pay local fees for stormwater management services before Congress adjourns. S. 3481 and H.R. 5724 would ensure the federal government pays its fair share of these federally imposed mandates.


November 22, 2010

Big 7 FCC 700 MHz Narrowband

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International City/County Management Association) to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the FCC not to allow the flexible use of the 700 MHz public safety narrowband spectrum for broadband services.


November 17, 2010

Big 6 Highway Extension

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association) urging Congress to pass a long term extension of existing federal programs for highways and transit as soon as possible to give the new 112th Congress sufficient time to enact a multi-year reauthorization that will sustain transportation investment, create new jobs, and provide stability to workers and industry.


September 28, 2010

Innovative Transportation Financing

Letter (from Governor Herbert and Governor Perdue) to leadership of the Senate Committee on Public Works, the Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs urging the Senate to safeguard state authority to pursue public-private partnership opportunities in the upcoming reauthorization of federal surface transportation policies.


September 09, 2010

D Block

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Brewer) to House and Senate Leadership to urge support in passing S. 3756, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010, to ensure that our nation’s first responders have access to sufficient spectrum to communicate during emergencies.


June 22, 2010

FMAP

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus and Ranking Member Charles Grassley reiterating governors' continued support for a two quarter extension of the enhanced FMAP provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as the most efficient way to help states avoid further layoffs and service cuts that could otherwise slow recovery.


June 15, 2010

D Block Public Safety Communications

Letter (from the executive directors of the "Big 7" organizations) to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Joe Barton, and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher and Ranking Member Cliff Stearns urging action to stop the FCCs plans to auction the D block for commercial purposes and to support the reallocation of the D block to public safety to ensure the ability of first responders to communicate during an emergency.


June 04, 2010

Fiduciary Duty

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher Dodd and Ranking Member Richard Shelby, and House Committee on Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and Ranking Member Spencer Bachus urging conferees to adopt a set of governors' recommendations into the final conference report for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, and the Restoring America’s Financial Stability Act of 2010.


May 20, 2010

Military Child Custody AS

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Committee on Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain, and House Committee on Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton and Ranking Member Buck McKeon opposing federal efforts to intervene in sensitive and complex military family matters that are addressed by state law.


May 05, 2010

Child Nutrition

Letter (from Governor Ritter and Governor Rell) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Blanche Lincoln and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss expressing governors' views of the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.


April 28, 2010

Fiduciary Duty

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher Dodd and Ranking Member Richard Shelby supporting an amendment by Senators Akaka and Menendez to strengthen S. 3217, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, and hold all persons who provide investment advice to the highest fiduciary duty under the law, regardless of the licensing status of the provider.


April 13, 2010

National Guard C-130s

Letter (from Governor Douglas, Governor Manchin, Governor O'Malley, Governor Pawlenty, Governor B. Perdue and Governor Sanford) to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing deep concern for the Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request to transfer 12 C-130 cargo aircraft from Air National Guard units to the active duty Air Force, and urging the Secretary to reconsider the request due to its severe adverse impact on the mission readiness of the National Guard.


April 09, 2010

D Block

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Pawlenty) to Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski requesting that the Federal Communications Commission’s recommendation in the National Broadband Plan be amended so that the 700 MHz D block is reallocated to public safety.


March 12, 2010

Health IT Comments

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach) to Charlene Frizzera, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, to submit comments in response to the proposed rule [CMS-0033-P], regarding the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the interim final rule which sets initial standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology [RIN 0991-AB58].


March 10, 2010

Governors and Canadian Premiers

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Premier of Saskatchewan, Canada, Brad Wall) to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper inviting them to join Governors and Premiers in efforts to build strong cross-border relationships and develop innovative solutions to promote trade and economic growth, ensure the integrity of our borders, increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


March 03, 2010

TANF ECF

Letter (from Governor Rounds and Governor Culver) to House and Senate Leadership urging Congressional support in extending the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF ECF).


March 01, 2010

Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach) to Commissioner Jerry Johnson, Chair, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board notifying the Board of the governors' position that federal Streamlined Sales Tax legislation should not require states to pay compensation to retailers for collecting sales taxes.


February 22, 2010

ARRA FMAP Extension

Letter (from 47 governors) to House and Senate leadership requesting assistance in protecting jobs and speeding economic recovery by extending the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) enhanced federal match for Medicaid (FMAP) for two additional quarters.


February 04, 2010

ARRA FMAP Extension

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to House and Senate leadership to request assistance for states in protecting jobs and speeding economic recovery by extending the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) enhanced federal match for Medicaid (FMAP) for two additional quarters.


February 02, 2010

Financial Services Reform

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher Dodd and Ranking Member Richard Shelby urging the Senate to uphold the authority of states to enforce consumer protection laws and regulations against all financial institutions regardless of charter.


January 28, 2010

Child Nutrition

Letter (from Governor Ritter and Governor Rell) to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Blanche Lincoln and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss, and House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman George Miller and Ranking Member John Kline requesting that Congress significantly increase funding for school nutrition programs contained in child nutrition legislation in order to reduce child hunger and improve the health and nutrition of children across the nation.


January 11, 2010

U.S. Postal Service

Letter (from NGA executive director Raymond Scheppach) to Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission that, based on existing NGA policy, argues for careful evaluation of public input before final decisions regarding post office closures and relocations are made by the U.S. Postal Service.


December 18, 2009

Big 7 DOE ARRA Implementation

Letter (from the executive directors of the "Big 7" organizations) to Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu expressing concerns regarding the ARRA implementation of programs under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program, the State Energy Program (SEP), the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), and the Appliance Rebate Energy Star Program.


December 17, 2009

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Pawlenty) to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Ranking Member Susan Collins expressing gratitude for their leadership in helping the United States protect against and prepare for the threat of terrorist attacks utilizing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) through the WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009, which would strengthen federal, state, and local emergency response capabilities.


December 16, 2009

PASS ID

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting an extension of the compliance deadline for REAL ID to ensure Americans are able to use their driver’s licenses to board commercial aircraft this holiday season.


December 15, 2009

ARRA Water Resources Infrastructure Investment

Letter (from Governor Schweitzer and Governor Gibbons) to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar and Ranking Member John Mica, and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chairman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Ranking Member John Bozzman to submit comments for the record for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment’s November 4, 2009 hearing titled, “Recovery Act: Progress Report on Water Resources Infrastructure Investment.”


December 10, 2009

REAL ID/PASS ID

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security requesting an extension to the compliance deadline of the REAL ID Act.


December 09, 2009

Unemployment Insurance

Letter (from Governor Ritter and Governor Rell) to House and Senate leadership urging support for an extension of unemployment compensation, full federal funding for extended benefits, federal assistance for states to serve jobless workers and an extension of existing law to provide interest free borrowing for state unemployment insurance trust funds.


December 02, 2009

CCSSO Assessment Letter

Letter (from Raymond C Sheppach, Executive Director, National Governors Association and Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers) to the Honorable Thelma Melendez, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education filing joint preliminary comments on the design of a common assessment system.


November 20, 2009

Big 6 Highway Extension

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association) urging Congress to pass a multi-month extension of existing federal programs for highways and transit as soon as possible to sustain transportation investment, create new jobs, and provide stability to workers and industry.


November 18, 2009

PASS ID

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to House and Senate Leadership urging Congress to pass S. 1261, the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act” (PASS ID), this year.


November 16, 2009

Coal Ash

Letter (from Governor Schweitzer and Governor Gibbons) to Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency expressing support for their state-run programs and expressing concern regarding potential federal regulation of coal combustion waste (CCW).


November 06, 2009

Chemical Security

Letter (from Governor Schweitzer and Governor Gibbons) regarding to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner urging Congress clearly affirm states' ability to enact and maintain stronger protections in any chemical security provisions.


November 03, 2009

Big 7 DHS Sustainment Funding

Letter (from the "Big Seven" organizations representing state and local government elected officials) to Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider its recent policy announcement restricting the use of preparedness grant funding for the sustainment of critical homeland security and emergency management capabilities.


November 02, 2009

State Veterans Homes

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki requesting that the VA suspend implementation of section 211(a) of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-461) – commonly referred to as the 70% program – and review payment procedures to State Veterans Homes (SVH) to ensure that implementation does not have the unintended effect of reducing the accessibility of veterans with service-connected disabilities to the health care they deserve.


October 19, 2009

DHS Sustainment Funding

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Gibbons) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the Department of Homeland Security to revise its policy regarding the use of preparedness grant funding to allow for the sustainment of critical homeland security and emergency management capabilities.


October 14, 2009

Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Letter (from Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Corzine) to House Committee on Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and Ranking Member Spencer Bachus urging the preservation of state authority to protect consumers and investors and supporting provisions in the House Financial Services Committee draft Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009 (the “CFPA”) that would uphold the authority of states to enforce consumer protection laws and regulations against all financial institutions regardless of charter.


October 05, 2009

Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC)

Letter (from Governor O'Malley and Governor Gibbons) to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison expressing thanks for their leadership in efforts to extend the statutory deadline for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program to September 30, 2012. (Identical letter sent to U.S. Representative Jane Harman, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Joe Barton).


September 28, 2009

Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program

Letter (from Governor Schweitzer and Governor Gibbons) regarding the Department of Energy Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) which amends the Title XVII loan guarantee program to assist the commercialization and deployment of clean energy sources.


September 25, 2009

Special Disability Workload

Letter (from Governor Rounds and Governor Culver) to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz in support of efforts to resolve an outstanding issue regarding payments states made for medical services for individuals with disabilities under what is referred to as the “Special Disability Workload” (SDW) project.


September 15, 2009

Surface Transportation Investments

Letter (from Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Corzine) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader John Boehner calling for the repeal of the impending $8.7 billion rescission of unobligated federal contract authority to the states for surface transportation investments before the cut takes effect on September 30, 2009.


September 08, 2009

Special Disability Workload

Letter (from Governor Rounds and Governor Culver) to Chairman Jay Rockefeller, Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance in support of efforts to resolve an outstanding issue regarding payments states made for medical services for individuals with disabilities under what is referred to as the “Special Disability Workload” (SDW) project.


August 28, 2009

Race to the Top Fund

Letter (from Governor Ritter and Governor Rell) to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan submitting comments in response to the July 29, 2009 notice of proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Race to the Top Fund.


August 20, 2009

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Committee on Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain opposing efforts to provide the Secretary of Defense with expanded authorities to assist in the response to domestic disasters.


August 07, 2009

DoD Stockton Response

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, Paul Stockton, expressing opposition to a Department of Defense legislative proposal to provide the Secretary of Defense with expanded authorities to assist in the response to domestic disasters.


July 20, 2009

Senate Medicaid

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Manchin) to Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Charles Grassley urging the Committee to adopt, in the Senate bill, an approach similar to the House proposal for permanent funding for its mandated Medicaid expansions.


July 13, 2009

National Guard Empowerment

Letter (from Governor Perdue, Governor Sanford, Governor O'Malley and Governor Gibbons) to Senator Leahy and Senator Bond expressing gratitude for their introduction of the National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act of 2009.


June 22, 2009

Highway Trust Fund

Letter (from Governor Rendell and Governor Douglas) to House and Senate leadership calling on Congress to address the impending funding shortfall of the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as soon as possible.


June 15, 2009

Law of the Sea President

Letter (from Governor Palin and Governor O'Malley) to the President urging strong support for the advice and consent of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.


May 14, 2009

Public Safety Interoperable Communications

Letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison urging Congress to extend until September 30, 2012 the statutory deadline for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. (Identical copies sent to leadership for the following committes: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senate Appropriations, House Energy and Commerce, House Homeland Security and House Appropriations.)


April 15, 2009

Health IT

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Director for Health Information Technology (HIT) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting significant state representation on federal HIT committees and related HIT initiatives.


April 13, 2009

Broadband

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to Commerce Secretary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack with recommendations about the role of the states to help the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and USDA’s Rural Utilities Services (RUS) execute and administer the broadband provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


April 07, 2009

GAP Program Instructions

Letter (from Raymond C. Scheppach, Executive Director, National Governors Association; William T. Pound, Executive Director, National Conference of State Legislatures; Larry Naake, Executive Director, National Association of Counties; and Jerry Friedman, Executive Director, American Public Human Services Association) to The Honorable Curtis L. Coy, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the Administration to rescind the Program Instructions issued on December 24, 2008 regarding implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success Act (P.L. 110-351), and requesting new instructions be consistent with congressional intent and allow states to claim current eligible cases for federally-subsidized guardianship assistance retroactive to October 7, 2008.


April 02, 2009

NGA Policy on Surface Transportation

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to Transportation Secretary LaHood transmitting NGA policy on surface transportation (EDC-13).


April 01, 2009

State Housing Finance

Letter (from Governors Rendell, Douglas, Corzine, and Rounds) to Treasury Secretary Geithner with recommendations about how to help improve capital liquidity for state housing finance and credit allocating agencies.


March 19, 2009

National Guard Governors Council

Letter (from Governor Perdue and Governor Sanford) to President Obama urging quick establishment of the bipartisan Council of Governors (Governors Council) required by the National Guard Empowerment Act of 2007.


February 20, 2009

Financial Services Regulatory Reform

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to Senate Banking Chairman Dodd, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Shelby, House Financial Services Chairman Frank, and House Financial Services Ranking Member Bachus reviewing NGA policy on financial services matters and inviting collaboration with Congress on a balanced national strategy for regulatory reform that strengthens the U.S. economy, upholds market safety and stability, protects consumers and investors, and preserves state authority as financial services regulators.


February 13, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Letter (from Governor Rendell and Governor Douglas) to House and Senate leadership stating that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) represents a critical step in a unified effort by states and the federal government to speed recovery and create jobs for millions of Americans and expressing appreciation for the level of investment Congress is making in states to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, and provide core services for citizens that need them in these difficult economic times.


February 11, 2009

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Kaine) to House and Senate leadership requesting assistance to make a few critical changes to the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to maximize the effectiveness of the recovery package and ensure that governors can operationalize the programs as intended by Congress.


February 05, 2009

Stimulus Medicaid Amendments

Letter (from Governor Rendell and Governor Douglas) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing strong opposition to any amendment that would create new restrictions on state Medicaid programs with respect to benefits, reimbursement rates and eligibility determinations.


January 26, 2009

Pesticides

Letter (from Governor Palin and Governor Schweitzer) to Lisa Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, regarding EPA's mitigation measures in the Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for soil fumigant pesticides.


January 13, 2009

SCHIP

Letter (from Governor Rendell, Governor Douglas, Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to House and Senate leadership calling on Congress and the new Administration to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as soon as possible this year.


October 30, 2008

MOE Waiver

Letter (From Governor Heineman and Governor Kaine) to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings formally requesting a waiver of the federal “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) mandate in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (P.L. 110-315) for all states in the coming fiscal year or the next two fiscal years for states with biennial budgets.


October 28, 2008

FCC

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Kevin Martin, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the FCC to withdraw the matter of Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime; High-Cost Universal Service Support; Intercarrier Compensation for ISP-Bound Traffic, from the Commission’s November 4 agenda.


October 27, 2008

Economic Recovery

Letter (from Governor Rendell and Governor Douglas) to House and Senate leadership calling on Congress to pass an economic recovery package this session that includes additional funding for Medicaid and investments in our nation’s infrastructure.


October 06, 2008

TANF MOE rule

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, submitting comments in response to the proposed repeal of 45 CFR 261.43 (b), announced by a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on August 8, 2008 (73 FR 46230-32). This regulation seeks to eliminate a provision in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) that allows states to receive additional caseload reduction credit for maintenance of effort (MOE) expenditures in excess of what is required by statute. An identical letter was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt.


September 29, 2008

Big 7 Federalism

Letter (from the "Big Seven" organizations representing state and local government elected officials) to both presidential candidates requesting an opportunity to meet with the president-elect and members of the transition team to discuss how best to develop a strong federal-state-local partnership during the new Administration.


September 19, 2008

LIHEAP

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to House and Senate leadership reiterating Governors’ support for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FY 2008.


September 09, 2008

Child Welfare

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to pass legislation this year that improves support systems for children and youth in foster care, provides greater assistance for youth transitioning out of the foster care system and creates new opportunities for permanent families through relative and guardianship support.


September 04, 2008

September 4 letter – Equity Indexed Annuities

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to Chairman Christopher Cox, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, urging the SEC to extend for a reasonable period the comment period for Proposed Rule 151A on equity indexed annuities that would reclassify them prospectively as securities, not insurance, subjecting them to dual regulation under federal securities law.


August 13, 2008

Housing and Economic Recovery Act

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to HUD Secretary Preston applauding enactment of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-289) and maintaining that States should be the primary recipient of $3.92 billion in emergency assistance for neighborhood stabilization efforts (copy sent to Senate Banking Chairman Dodd, Ranking Member Shelby, House Financial Services Chairman Frank, and Ranking Member Bachus.)


July 25, 2008

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rell) to Senate leadership expressing support for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for fiscal year (FY) 2008.


July 23, 2008

Renewable Energy

Letter (from 52 Governors) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to extend for at least five years tax provisions that encourage the development of renewable energy sources and promote energy efficiency.


July 22, 2008

Housing

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Rounds) to the President and Congressional leaders urging completion of and outlining key principles for inclusion in comprehensive housing rescue and foreclosure prevention legislation, together with commendation of federal efforts to restore market confidence in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through targeted and temporary policy tools. (Identical letter sent to HUD Secretary Preston, Treasury Secretary Paulson, Jr., Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative John Boehner, Chairman Chris Dodd, Senator Richard C. Shelby, Chairman Barney Frank, and Representative Spencer Bachus.)


July 10, 2008

Insurrection

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House and Senate Committees on Armed Services concerning Sections 591 and 594 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2009, which would modify the Insurrection Act by expanding the power of the President to order Reserve component forces other than the National Guard to active duty for domestic emergencies. Governors call for removal of Sections 591 and 594 and urge hearings on the proposed modification to the Insurrection Act.


July 09, 2008

Medicaid Regulations

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Rendell) to Senators Reid and McConnell regarding enactment of moratoria on six Medicaid regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which would have shifted billions of dollars in federal costs to states. (Identical letter sent to House leadership and the President.)


June 19, 2008

Highway Trust Fund

Letter (From Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to House and Senate leadership calling on Congress to address the impending funding shortfall of the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund as soon as possible.


June 16, 2008

Energy Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Palin) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Chairman Dorgan and Ranking Member Domenici, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis urging Congress to support federal-state programs that assist states in promoting energy security.


June 11, 2008

No Child Left Behind/Graduation Rate

Letter (from Governor Carcieri and Governor Henry) to the U.S. Department of Education to submit comments in response to the April 23rd Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the regulations governing Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).


June 06, 2008

Child Support Protection Act

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Corzine) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel and Ranking Member McCrery supporting efforts to restore the federal match for state child support incentive payments that were terminated by Section 7309 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA).


May 28, 2008

SRFs

Letter (from the executive directors of the Big Seven state and local government organizations) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Byrd and Ranking Member Cochran and House Appropriations Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis to express strong support for the clean water and safe drinking water state revolving loan funds (SRF).


May 21, 2008

Tax Extenders

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Rendell) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel and Ranking Member McCrery urging Congress to extend expiring tax provisions for renewable energy efficiency, research and development and the deductibility of state sales taxes.


May 09, 2008

Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Palin) to Senate Appropriations Chair Byrd, Ranking Member Cochran, House Appropriations Chair Obey, and Ranking Member Lewis urging maximum funding for the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water state revolving loan funds (SRFs).


May 06, 2008

TANF

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach and NCSL Executive Director William Pound) to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt expressing opposition to a provision in the Final Rule on the Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (Final TANF Rule) that would constrain states’ ability to spend state Maintenance of Effort (MOE) dollars under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.


May 01, 2008

Unemployment Insurance

Letter (from Governor Carcieri and Governor Henry) to Senate Finance Committee leadership and House Ways and Means Committee leadership expressing support for an extension of unemployment benefits and to request federal assistance for states to serve a growing number of jobless individuals.


April 24, 2008

National Guard Empowerment

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to National Guard Caucus members Senator Leahy, Senator Bond, Representative Taylor and Representative Davis thanking them for their leadership in the passage of several provisions to enhance and empower the National Guard that were included in the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Defense Authorization Act.


April 10, 2008

UMRA

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Palin) to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, in response to the agency's request for governors’ comments on its internal guidance implementing Executive Order 13132, which addresses the federalism implications of an EPA rulemaking.


April 03, 2008

Mortgage/Housing Crisis

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to the President urging lawmakers to follow several principles applicable to the subprime crisis and the underlying housing market turmoil and their impacts on the overall economy, as Congress and the Administration consider legislative and regulatory responses to the subprime mortgage crisis. (Identical letter sent to HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson, Treasury Secretary Henry R. Paulson, Jr., Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative John Boehner, Chairman Chris Dodd, Senator Richard C. Shelby, Chairman Barney Frank, Representative Spencer Bachus)


April 02, 2008

Medicaid Regulations

Letter (from Governors Pawlenty, Rendell, Douglas, and Corzine) to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Dingell and Congressman Tim Murphy expressing support for their efforts to delay implementation of a series of Medicaid regulations that would shift billions of dollars in federal costs to states.


March 24, 2008

Medicaid

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Kerry Weems to submit comments on proposed regulations titled "State Flexibility for Medicaid Benefit Packages," and "Premiums and Cost Sharing."


March 20, 2008

REAL ID - President

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Rendell) to the President asking for a commitment to REAL ID by providing $1 billion this year for states for their upfront costs and committing to cover ongoing state costs in the years to come.


March 14, 2008

Byrne JAG Grants

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Corzine) to House leadership urging Congress to support state and local crime fighting programs by restoring essential funding for Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne/JAG) for fiscal year (FY) 2008.


March 10, 2008

Maintenance of Effort Mandate

Letter (from 46 governors) to House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon opposing the “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) mandate included in H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007.


February 26, 2008

Maintenance of Effort Mandate

Letter (from 26 governors) to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi opposing the “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) mandate included in H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007.


February 26, 2008

Medicaid Regulations

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty, Governor Rendell, Governor Douglas and Governor Corzine) to House and Senate leadership calling on Congress to take immediate action to delay implementation of the pending Medicaid regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will shift an estimated $13 billion in federal costs to states.


February 06, 2008

FCC

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Martin regarding the Further Matter of Exclusive Service Contracts for Provision of Video Services in Multiple Dwelling Units and Other Real Estate Developments, MB Doc. No. 07-51 (NPRM FCC 07-189).


February 04, 2008

Medicaid TCM

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Kerry Weems requesting that CMS reconsider the interim final rule on case management which exceeds the changes approved in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.


January 30, 2008

Economic Stimulus

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Rendell) to Senator John Rockefeller in support of his amendment to the economic stimulus package which includes $6 billion in a block grant and $6 billion in additional Medicaid assistance to states.


January 28, 2008

Department Appeals Board (DAB)

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt requesting that HHS rescind the proposed rule amending Departmental regulations governing administrative review by the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB).


January 24, 2008

LIHEAP

Letter (from Governor Douglas and Governor Corzine) to Senator Bernie Sanders expressing support for the Sanders-Snowe amendment to add $800 million in emergency funding to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FY 2008.


January 23, 2008

January 23, 2008 letter to Congress - Economic Stimulus

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Rendell) calling on Congress to include $12 billion in funding as part of any federal legislation to stimulate the economy.


January 15, 2008

MOE/Higher Education

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach, SHEEO president Paul Lingenfelter and NCSL Executive Director William Pound) to Congress opposing the Maintenance of Effort mandate contained within the House Higher Education Bill (H.R. 4137).


December 27, 2007

IRS - Captive Insurance

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to Treasury Secretary Paulson and IRS Acting Commissioner Stiff urging withdraw of a proposed IRS regulation regarding the domestic captive insurance industry, 26 CFR §1.1502-13 (REG-107592-00).


December 17, 2007

SCHIP Extension

Letter (from Governors Pawlenty, Rendell, Douglas, and Corzine) to House and Senate leaders recommending an extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and calling on Congress to address the series of Medicaid regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


December 10, 2007

Governors Send Letter to Congress on Higher Education

Governors Send Letter to Congress on Higher Education NGA sent a letter to Congress opposing a “Maintenance of Effort” provision and expressing concern with the definition of private educational loans in the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act (H.R. 4137).


December 03, 2007

Memorandum - National Indian Gaming Commission

Memorandum, NGA comments submitted to the National Indian Gaming Commission in response to proposed rules on facility licensing standards.


November 19, 2007

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, House Speaker Pelosi, House Minority Leader Boehner, Senate Banking Chairman Dodd, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Shelby, House Financial Services Chairman Frank, and House Financial Services Ranking Member Bachus urging Congress to complete its work quickly to renew the federal terrorism risk insurance backstop program prior to the expiration of the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Act on December 31, 2007.


November 07, 2007

Medicaid Reimbursement

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to CMS Acting Administrator Weems requesting that CMS rescind the proposed rule regarding Medicaid reimbursement for certain school-based administrative activities and transportation services.


November 05, 2007

Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007

Letter (from from the executive directors of the Big Seven state and local government organizations) to House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ranking Member Spencer Bachus (R-AL) urging the Committee to maintain the original intent of H.R. 3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007, to preserve state and local authority to develop and enforce housing market protections.


November 01, 2007

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Letter from HHS Committee Chair Gov. Douglas and Vice-Chair Gov. Corzine to House and Senate leadership asking that conferees to the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill accept the House funding level for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The House appropriations bill funds the program at $2.66 billion, a $500 million increase from the Senate appropriations bill, which is level funded compared to FY 07.


October 31, 2007

Education and Workforce Programs

Letter (from Governor Carcieri and Governor House) to Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting an increased federal investment in education and workforce programs.


October 30, 2007

Farm Bill

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Palin) to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Chambliss urging the maximum feasible level of funding for the programs in the energy title of the Farm Bill.


October 26, 2007

Energy Bill

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Palin) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman and Ranking Member Domenici, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Dingell and Ranking Member Barton, detailing the Governors’ priorities in the Energy Bill.


October 24, 2007

FCC

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Martin urging a delay in final action in the Matter of Exclusive Service Contracts for Provision of Video Services in Multiple Dwelling Units and Other Real Estate Developments, MB Doc. No. 07-51 (NPRM FCC 07-32).


October 16, 2007

Defense Authorization Bill

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin and Ranking Member McCain, and to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Skelton and Ranking Member Hunter, outlining four essentials elements to be addressed in the FY 2008 House and Senate Defense authorization bills.


October 10, 2007

Medicaid Rehabilitation Services Proposed Rule

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to CMS Acting Administrator Weems requesting that CMS revise the proposed rule regarding Medicaid rehabilitation services to preserve state authority to cover the most appropriate services.


October 02, 2007

Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments of 2007

Letter (from the executive directors of 10 state and local government organizations) to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Conyers and Ranking Member Smith, and to Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Chairwoman Sanchez and Ranking Member Cannon expressing appreciation for cosponsoring the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 3678), which addresses the principles necessary for a fair extension of the Internet tax moratorium in a manner that benefits consumers, is fair to industry, and preserves existing state and local authority.


September 26, 2007

ITFA Extension Act of 2007

Letter (from the executive directors of 10 state and local government organizations) to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Inouye and Ranking Member Stevens urging them to support the ITFA Extension Act of 2007 (S. 1453), which calls for a reasonable extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act that would benefit consumers, be fair to industry and preserve existing state and local authority.


September 18, 2007

Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act

Letter (from 12 state and local government organizations) to Speaker Pelosi and House Majority Leader Hoyer urging them to not bring the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 (H.R. 811) to the House floor during the first session of the 110th Congress.


September 12, 2007

Real ID

Letter (from Governor Minner and Governor Gibbons) to OMB Director Nussle requesting that he consider the release of the Real ID regulations in a timely manner and provide the significant investment necessary to meet the requirements of this federal mandate.


September 07, 2007

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Letter (from Governors Granholm, Rounds, Carcieri, and Henry) to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Boehner urging them to reauthorize and modernize the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program before it expires on September 30, 2007.


September 05, 2007

Head Start

Letter (from Governor Carcieri and Governor Henry) to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi; and to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon expressing Governors’ views on conference issues in Head Start reauthorization legislation.


August 20, 2007

Rulemaking WHTI

Comments submitted (from Governor Granholm and Governor Rounds) concerning the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Documents Required for Travelers Entering the United States at Sea and Land Ports-of-Entry from within the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCBP-2007-0061.


July 24, 2007

SCHIP

Letter (from 43 Governors) to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Boehner calling for the timely reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) prior to September 30, 2007.


July 22, 2007

SCHIP

Letter (from Governors Napolitano, Pawlenty, Corzine, and Douglas) to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Boehner calling for the timely reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) prior to September 30, 2007.


July 20, 2007

Competitiveness

Letter (from Governor Napolitano and Governor Pawlenty) to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Boehner offering strategies from the states on competitiveness and presenting recommendations about the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (S. 761) and the 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007 (H.R. 2272).


July 18, 2007

State Homeland Security Grant Program

Letter (from Governor Minner and Governor Gibbons) to Secretary Chertoff emphasizing the need for DHS to prioritize its relationship with states and support the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP).


July 17, 2007

WIA

Letter (from Governor Gregoire, Governor Rell, NASWA President Halley, and NASWBC Chair Ware) to Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi, and to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon urging them to to incorporate the joint NGA-NASWA-State Workforce Board Chairs recommendations as they develop legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act.


July 13, 2007

National Guard Issues

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin and Ranking Member McCain on National Guard issues relating to the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act. (Identical letter also sent to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Skelton and Ranking Member Duncan)


June 28, 2007

Transitional Medical Assistance

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach, NCSL executive director William T. Pound, and APHSA executive director Jerry W. Friedman) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley, and to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Dingell and Ranking Member Barton urging them to approve an extension of the Transitional Medical Assistance program.


June 26, 2007

TANF

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Douglas) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley, and to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel and Ranking Member McCrery urging them to enact Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) legislation that would help states better administer the program and restore state flexibility.


June 15, 2007

FY 2008 Interior and Environment Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Huntsman and Governor Richardson) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Chair Feinstein and Ranking Member Craig, and to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis requesting that the fiscal year 2008 Interior appropriations bill provides adequate funding for clean water and drinking water programs along with State and Local Air Quality Management grants.


June 12, 2007

Trade

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Granholm) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley, and to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel and Ranking member McCrery, urging them to closely consult with states to ensure that U.S. international trade and investment policies are consistent with state sovereignty and state efforts to compete internationally.


June 07, 2007

NCLB

Letter (from NGA NCLB Co-Lead Governor Carcieri, NGA NCLB Co-Lead Governor Gregoire, CCSSO ESEA Task Force Chair Burmaster, and NASBE President Bryant) to Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi, and to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon submitting a joint reference document on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that identifies specific sections within the law that correspond to the organizations’ eleven policy recommendations.


May 23, 2007

Education Funding

Letter (from Governor Gregoire and Governor Rell) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Specter, and to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Walsh requesting an increased federal investment in IDEA, NCLB and high school reform, and other education priorities.


May 17, 2007

Real ID

Letter (from Governor Napolitano and Governor Pawlenty) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Byrd and Ranking Member Cochran, and to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis asking that the fiscal year 2008 Homeland Security appropriations bill provide $1 billion to cover the up front state costs of implementing Real ID.


May 16, 2007

State Homeland Security Grant Program

Letter (from Governor Minner and Governor Gibbons) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Byrd and Ranking Member Cochran asking that they fund the State Homeland Security Grant Program at the FY 2005 level of $1.1 billion (Identical letter also sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman Price and Ranking Member Rogers)


May 09, 2007

SCHIP

Letter (from Governors Napolitano, Pawlenty, Corzine, and Douglas) to the House and Senate leadership on SCHIP reauthorization and the need for immediate action on shortfall funding.


May 08, 2007

Real ID

Letter (from NGA executive director Raymond C. Scheppach, NCSL executive director William T. Pound, and AAMVA interim president and CEO Michael R. Calvin) to the Department of Homeland Security submitting comments and recommendations in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards (Real ID).


April 23, 2007

EPA

Letter (from Governor Huntsman and Governor Richardson) to U.S. EPA Administrator Steven Johnson on EPA's proposed revisions to the Agency’s drinking water affordability guidance.


April 04, 2007

NCLB

Letter (from NGA NCLB Co-Lead Governor Carcieri, NGA NCLB Co-Lead Governor Gregoire, CCSSO ESEA Task Force Chair Burmaster, and NASBE President Bryant) to Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi, and to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller and Ranking Member McKeon submitting joint NGA/CCSSO/NASBE recommendations on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.


March 23, 2007

S-CHIP

Letter (from Governor Napolitano, Governor Pawlenty, Governor Corzine, and Governor Douglas) to the House and Senate leadership on consideration of the budget resolution and the supplemental appropriations bill pertaining to S-CHIP and Medicaid.


March 22, 2007

Natural Resources

Letter (from Governor Huntsman and Governor Richardson) to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Leadership urging them to take immediate action to preserve states' ability to protect their citizens from the threat and consequences of terrorism at chemical facilities.


March 19, 2007

Medicaid

Letter (from Ray Scheppach) to Acting Administrator Leslie Norwalk regarding Proposed Rule to the Medicaid Program on cost limit for public providers.


March 09, 2007

NCLB

Letter (from Governor Carcieri and Governor Gregoire) to Secretary Spellings outlining Governors’ interests and views regarding the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).


February 26, 2007

SCHIP

Letter (from Governors Napolitano, Pawlenty, Corzine,and Douglas) to the House and Senate leadership urging immediate action from Congress to prevent federal funding shortfalls in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) and ensure a timely reauthorization.


February 23, 2007

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to Senator Leahy and Senator Bond agreeing with the overall objectives of the National Guard Empowerment Act of 2007, specifically stating that the dual mission of the Guard should be preserved and promoted; that the Guard should receive training and equipment to handle is dual mission; and that assistance should be provided to employers who support the Guard. (Identical letter also sent to Rep. Davis and Rep. Taylor.)


February 12, 2007

Medicare Part D

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Douglas) to Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt outlining three recommendations governors believe will improve the management of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, including adjusting the 2007 state contribution calculation to reflect actual program spending and ensure the federal government accurately calculates states’ phase-down contributions to fund the program.


February 08, 2007

GASBE

Letter (from the executive directors of the Big Seven state and local government organizations) to Government Accounting Standards Board Chairman Robert H. Attmore urging the board to reject a proposed staff project to develop new reporting requirements for Service Efforts and Accomplishments by state and local government.


February 05, 2007

Insurrection Act

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to Senator Leahy and Senator Bond opposing the inclusion of a provision in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act that expanded the President’s authority under the Insurrection Act to federalize the National Guard during certain emergencies and disasters. (Identical letter also sent to Senator Levin/Senator McCain, Rep. Skelton/Rep. Hunter, and Rep. Taylor/Rep. Davis.)


January 26, 2007

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Easley and Governor Sanford) to Chairman Arnold Punaro of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves offering comments on the objectives of the National Guard Empowerment Act of 2006, specifically stating that the dual mission of the Guard should be preserved and promoted; that the Guard should receive training and equipment to handle is dual mission; and that assistance should be provided to employers who support the Guard.


January 09, 2007

Second Chance Act

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Douglas) to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Conyers and Ranking Member Smith urging them to pass prisoner reentry legislation (the Second Chance Act) as soon as possible this session of Congress.


December 19, 2006

Video Franchising

Letter (from Governor Heineman and Governor Granholm) to Chairman Martin, Commissioner Adelstein, Commissioner McDowell, Commissioner Copps, and Commissioner Tate regarding the Federal Communications Commission's draft order on video franchising and its potential preemption of state law.


December 06, 2006

Transitional Medical Assistance Program

Letter (from NGA executive director Raymond C. Scheppach, NCSL executive director William T. Pound, and APHSA executive director Jerry W. Friedman) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell urging extension of the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) program, which is set to expire on December 31, 2006.


December 04, 2006

State-Federal Programs in Administration's Proposed FY 2008 Budget

Letter (from Governor Napolitano and Governor Pawlenty) to OMB Director Portman encouraging the administration to work with governors in advance of proposing reforms to state-federal programs.


October 24, 2006

SCHIP

Letter (from Governor Corzine and Governor Douglas) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus, and to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell, urging them to pass legislation this year to address the funding shortfalls expected in FY 2007 in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.


September 19, 2006

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act

Letter (from Governor Huntsman and Governor Richardson) to the House and Senate leadership requesting reauthorization this Congress of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (P.L. 106-393) to fund schools, roads, forest improvement projects, and other essential services in rural counties that host our national forests.


August 31, 2006

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Napolitano, Governor Pawlenty, Governor Easley, and Governor Sanford) to Secretary Rumsfeld opposing provisions in the House- and Senate-passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states in certain emergencies and disasters.


August 28, 2006

TANF

Letter (from Governor Napolitano and Governor Pawlenty) to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt transmitting NGA's comments regarding the interim final regulations on the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.


August 06, 2006

National Guard

Letter (from 51 Governors) to the House and Senate leadership opposing a provision in the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states in certain circumstances without the consent of the Governors.


August 01, 2006

National Guard

August 1, 2006 letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Hunter and Ranking Member Skelton opposing a provision in the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states in certain circumstances without the consent of the Governors.


July 31, 2006

WIA

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Gregoire) to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Enzi and Ranking Member Kennedy, and to House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Miller urging Congress to include NGA’s bipartisan workforce proposal to allow states to coordinate funding in the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).


July 20, 2006

Advanced Telecommunications and Opportunity Reform - Consumers' Choice and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006

Letter (from the executive directors of the Big Seven state and local government organizations) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Minority Leader Reid urging them to oppose the Advanced Telecommunications and Opportunity Reform – Consumers' Choice and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 (H.R. 5252).


June 27, 2006

Medicaid

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Leavitt expressing the Governors’ opposition to the administrative changes to Medicaid proposed in the fiscal year 2007 budget.


June 26, 2006

State Energy Program

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Huntsman) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Chairman Domenici and Ranking Member Reid urging them to fund the State Energy Program at the President’s fiscal year 2007 request of $49.5 million.


June 12, 2006

Long-Term Care

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Medicaid Commission Chairman Sundquist and Vice Chairman King urging the commission to consider further reforms to strengthen and improve the sustainability of the Medicaid program.


June 01, 2006

BAT

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus expressing the Governors’ strong opposition to the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2006 (S. 2721).


May 31, 2006

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Senator Bond and Senator Leahy requesting that Congress preserve the dual mission of the Guard, ensure that the Guard receives adequate training and equipment to handle its state and federal missions, provide adequate health benefits for the Guard, and offer support for employers of the Guard in the National Defense Enhancement and National Guard Empowerment Act of 2006. (Identical letter also sent to Rep. Davis and Rep. Taylor.)


May 30, 2006

COPE Act

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell raising state concerns with the proposed Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act (H.R. 5252).


May 26, 2006

Health and Human Services Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Barbour and Governor Corzine) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Harkin, and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Regula and Ranking Member Obey expressing the Governors’ views on FY 2007 funding for key state health and human services programs.


May 18, 2006

State-Based Health Care Reforms

Letter (from Governor Barbour and Governor Corzine) to Senator Voinovich and Senator Bingaman expressing support for their efforts to promote state-based health care reforms.


May 17, 2006

AC Grants

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings urging her to allow eligible dual enrollees to be awarded Academic Competitiveness grants and recognize any state plan submitted for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.


May 04, 2006

SRF

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Huntsman) to House Appropriations Committee leadership requesting that funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) and State and Local Air Quality Management Grant be restored to fiscal year 2004 levels.


April 26, 2006

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Secretary Rumsfeld urging him to work closely with governors regarding any changes to the role or structure of the National Guard.


April 10, 2006

Education Funding in Emergency Supplemental

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Gregoire) to the House and Senate Leadership urging the inclusion of additional resources to support students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as part of the emergency supplemental (H.R. 4939).


April 06, 2006

CDBG

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rell) to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and HUD, the Judiciary, District of Columbia Chairman Knollenberg and Ranking Member Olver urging them to maintain FY 2006 funding levels for the Community Development Block Grant program in the subcommittee’s FY 2007 appropriations bill.


March 29, 2006

BAT

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Sensenbrenner and Ranking Member Conyers expressing the Governors’ strong opposition to the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 1956).


March 24, 2006

TANF

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt transmitting recommendations for implementing changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.


March 21, 2006

Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Gregoire) to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings expressing their views on the new Academic Competitiveness and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants.


February 03, 2006

National Guard

Letter (from 52 Governors) to the President opposing planned force reductions in the Army and Air National Guard and requesting that returning Guard units be re-equipped.


January 19, 2006

Army and Air National Guard

Letter (from Governor Huckabee, Governor Napolitano, Governor Kempthorne, and Governor Easley) to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stating that the nation’s Governors will strongly oppose force reductions in the Army and Air National Guard.


December 13, 2005

TRIA

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rell) to Senate Majority Leader Frist, Senate Minority Leader Reid, House Speaker Hastert, and House Minority Leader Pelosi urging Congress to enact some form of a federal terrorism risk insurance backstop prior to the expiration of the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Act on December 31, 2005.


December 05, 2005

TRICARE

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Easley) to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Hunter and Ranking Member Skelton urging them to accept the TRICARE provision that was included in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act when the Conference Committee takes action later this week.


November 29, 2005

REAL ID

Letter (from NGA executive director Raymond C. Scheppach, NCSL executive director William T. Pound, and AAMVA president and CEO Linda R. Lewis-Pickett) to Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Planning Stewart A. Baker on the consultation process for developing standards and regulations regarding the implementation of the REAL ID statute.


November 17, 2005

Perkins Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Pawlenty and Governor Sebelius) to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Enzi and Ranking Member Kennedy, and to House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Boehner and Ranking Member Miller outlining recommendations for the final conference agreement on Perkins reauthorization legislation.


November 14, 2005

Clean Water State Revolving Funds

Letter (from the executive directors of NGA, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Cochran/Ranking Member Byrd and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior Chairman Burns/Ranking Member Dorgan opposing a proposed $166 million rescission of funds from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (identical letter also sent to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Inhofe/Ranking Member Jeffords, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Lewis/Ranking Member Obey, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior Chairman Taylor/Ranking Member Dicks, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Young/Ranking Member Oberstar).


November 02, 2005

Hurricane K-12 Rescue Package

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to House and Senate leaders outlining principles for any Katrina or Rita hurricane K-12 rescue package.


October 19, 2005

Energy

Letter (from Governor Manchin and Governor Huntsman) to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Jeffords; and to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Domenici and Ranking Member Bingaman sharing the Governors’ concerns regarding current domestic energy prices and urging that any new legislation ensure that federal jurisdiction fit with existing state authority, preserve environmental standards, and focus on directly relieving energy prices by promoting domestic energy production, increasing refining capacity, and further encouraging energy conservation and efficiency.


October 18, 2005

Budget Reconciliation

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Senators Frist, Reid, Grassley and Baucus reiterating governors' positions on 1) the need to make states whole for Medicaid and other services provided to survivors of Hurricane Katrina; and 2) governors' continued support for NGA's recommended Medicaid flexibilities and opposition to proposals that would simply shift costs from the federal government to states.


October 11, 2005

BRAC

Letter (from NGA director of federal relations David Quam) to Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Phil Grone providing comments on the Department of Defense’s proposed rules: Revitalizing Base Closure Communities and Addressing Impacts of Realignment.


October 06, 2005

REAL ID

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Secretary Chertoff expressing Governors’ concerns about the implementation of the REAL ID statute and asking the Secretary to include Governors in the process for developing regulations.


September 27, 2005

Katrina Education Rescue Package

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Enzi and Ranking Member Kennedy offering support and clarifications for their comprehensive Katrina rescue package to assist displaced students.


September 21, 2005

Katrina Relief Package (Medicaid/TANF)

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus expressing support for their Katrina relief package.


September 13, 2005

Health Care for Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

Letter (from Governor Huckabee and Governor Napolitano) to House Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Pelosi, and to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell requesting full federal financing for the health care needs of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.


September 06, 2005

IDEA 2004 Regulations

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Justesen offering the Governors’ comments on IDEA 2004 regulations.


July 11, 2005

SMART Act

Letter (from Governor Sanford and Governor Napolitano) to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Oxley and Ranking Member Frank, and Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises Chairman Baker and Ranking Member Kanjorski expressing the Governors’ opposition to the State Modernization and Regulatory Transparency Act (SMART Act), which limits the role of Governors and state regulators in setting insurance policy.


July 08, 2005

Education Funding

Letter (from the executive directors of five state and local government organizations) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Harkin urging them to increase the federal investment in core federal education programs.


June 29, 2005

TANF

Letter (from Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus expressing the Governors' appreciation for their continued efforts to reauthorize TANF outside of the reconciliation process and urging the Senate to bring TANF to the floor in regular order for debate without delay.


June 27, 2005

Trust Land Acquisition Process

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Senator Voinovich expressing NGA's support for an amendment to the Department of Interior fiscal year 2006 appropriations bill regarding the trust land acquisition process.


June 21, 2005

LNG

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Domenici and Ranking Member Bingaman supporting an amendment to the Senate energy bill that would require gubernatorial approval of proposed projects that would site liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities onshore or in state waters.


June 09, 2005

Justice Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Barbour) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Mikulski asking that funds be restored for the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement block grant program, the State Criminal Alien Assistance program, and the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant program; and urging that the Crime Victims Fund continue in its current status.


June 07, 2005

Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations

Letter (from Governors Granholm, Barbour, Sebelius, and Pawlenty) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Harkin and to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Regula and Ranking Member Obey urging them to provide level or increased funding for many critical programs to states, such as the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and the Community Services Block Grant, and stressing the need for adequate funding for key state issues, including bioterrorism preparedness, special education, high school reform, and the No Child Left Behind Act.


May 26, 2005

Interior/EPA Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Murkowski and Governor Freudenthal) to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies Chairman Burns and Ranking Member Dorgan urging adequate funding of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF), Stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and State Wildlife and Endangered Species Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2006.


May 13, 2005

Cuno

Letter (from Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to Senator Voinovich expressing support for federal legislation to specifically authorize state tax incentive statutes.


April 22, 2005

Homeland Security Grant Enhancement Act of 2005

Letter (from Governor Minner and Governor Romney) to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Susan Collins and Ranking Member Joseph Lieberman thanking them for their attention to state concerns in the Homeland Security Grant Enhancement Act of 2005 (S. 21), and acknowledging the need to assure that each state and territory is prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from a terrorist attack.


April 20, 2005

TANF (House)

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Barbour) to House Human Resources Committee Chairman Herger and Ranking Member McDermott urging Congress to reauthorize and strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and related programs.


April 14, 2005

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Letter (from Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Minority Leader Reid urging the Senate to complete action on the surface transportation reauthorization bill.


March 28, 2005

Bioterrorism

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Barbour) to Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Harkin opposing plans by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transfer $12 million from state and local public health programs to other HHS programs and priorities (identical letter also sent to Chairman Regula and Ranking Member Hoyer).


March 24, 2005

WIA

Letter (from Governor Sebelius and Governor Pawlenty) to Chairman Enzi and Senator Kennedy concerning reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.


March 17, 2005

TRICARE

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Easley) to Senator Graham and Senator Clinton regarding improved health care benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserves by allowing them to enroll in TRICARE.


February 08, 2005

Opposition to Driver's License Provisions

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach and AAMVA president and CEO Linda Lewis) to Speaker Hastert, House Majority Leader DeLay, and House Minority Leader Pelosi expressing opposition to mandatory driver's license provisions in H.R. 418 and H.R. 368.


December 22, 2004

Medicaid Reform

Letter (from Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to the congressional leadership stating that working with them to reform the Medicaid system is the Governors' highest priority, but that such reforms must not be a part of the fiscal year 2006 budget reduction and reconciliation process (identical letter also personalized to the President, Secretary Thompson, House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs and Ranking Members, Senate Finance Committee Chair and Ranking Member, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair and Ranking Member).


November 10, 2004

IDEA

Letter (from NGA, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the International City/County Management Association) to Chairman Gregg, Senator Kennedy, Chairman Boehner, and Rep. Miller urging them to address shared concerns regarding the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (H.R. 1350 and S.1248).


November 01, 2004

VoIP

Letter (from Governor Sanford and Governor Napolitano) to Federal Commissions Commission (FCC) Chairman Powell urging the FCC to defer conclusions about the regulatory treatment of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to Congress.


October 29, 2004

Comments on Ocean Commission's Final Report

Letter (from Governor Murkowski and Governor Freudenthal) to Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Connaughton commenting on the final report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.


October 27, 2004

Medicaid Payment Error Rate Mechanisms

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator McClellan commenting on proposed CMS regulations regarding the establishment of Medicaid payment error rate mechanisms - specifically expressing concerns that the proposed mechanisms would be costly for states to administer and that CMS should work closely with states to develop alternative systems that are more effective and less burdensome.


October 22, 2004

ICPC

Letter (Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to Senate Majority Leader Frist, Senate Minority Leader Daschle, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley, and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Baucus expressing concerns that pending legislation (S. 2799 and H.R. 4504) would subject states to unrealistic deadlines and mandate federally dictated background checks in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.


October 19, 2004

First Responder Grants

Letter (from Governor Romney and Governor Minner) to Senator Collins and conferees identifying NGA's positions on first responder grant provisions in the House and Senate intelligence reform bills.


October 15, 2004

Driver's Licenses

Letter (from Ray Scheppach, NGA, and Linda Lewis, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators) to Senator Collins and conferees urging them to support the Senate driver's license provision in intelligence reform legislation.


October 07, 2004

In-state investment (S. 2881)

Letter (from Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee) to Senator Voinovich supporting the intent of his legislation (S. 2881), which would clarify that certain tax incentive statutes used by states should continue.


September 29, 2004

State Grants for Innovative Programs

Letter (from Governor Sebelius and Governor Pawlenty) to Senator Specter, Senator Harkin, Rep. Regula, and Rep. Obey urging Congress to maintain funding for State Grants for Innovative Programs, as authorized under Title V, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act in the fiscal year 2005 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.


September 28, 2004

SCHIP

Letter (from Governor Granholm and Governor Barbour) to CMS Administrator McClellan urging him to support action on a bipartisan compromise in both the House and Senate to protect resources in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).


September 24, 2004

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Easley) to Chairman Hunter and Rep. Skelton concerning efforts to forge a better understanding between Congress and the Governors relating to the National Guard as well as other military issues; sharing information about the NGA survey regarding how states are assisting the Guard and Reserves with health care, family support, education benefits, tax and financial benefits, and state employee benefits; and requesting that Congress work with the Governors on issues that affect the National Guard regarding health care through the TRICARE system, smooth transitions for children of military families between school districts, and child care support.


September 13, 2004

IDEA and NCLB (Labor/HHS/Ed Appropriations

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association) to Senator Specter, Senator Harkin, Rep. Regula, and Rep. Obey urging Congress to significantly increase the federal investment in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and to maintain funding for Innovative Programs, as authorized under Title V, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act in the fiscal year 2005 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.


July 01, 2004

VOIP

Letter (from the executive directors of NGA, the Council of State Governments, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties) to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell urging them not to take action on H.R. 4129, the VOIP Regulatory Freedom Act of 2004, this year since the bill is a premature response to an emerging technology that fails to adequately address the wide variety of complex issues that face the communications and Internet industries as a whole.


June 28, 2004

IDEA

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Warner) to the House and Senate leadership expressing the Governors' views on reauthorization of IDEA legislation.


June 15, 2004

VOIP

Letter (from the executive directors of NGA, the Council of State Governments, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties) to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman McCain and Ranking Member Hollings urging them not to take action on S. 2281, the VOIP Regulatory Freedom Act of 2004, this year since the bill is a premature response to an emerging technology that fails to adequately address the wide variety of complex issues that face the communications and Internet industries as a whole.


May 14, 2004

Indian Gaming

Letter (from Ray Scheppach, NGA) to Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman Campbell and Ranking Member Inouye raising concerns about provisions in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Amendments of 2003 (S. 1529) that would expand the scope of gaming allowable without requiring regulation under a negotiated tribal-state compact and limit the freedom of states to negotiate mutually favorable revenue sharing agreements with tribes.


May 10, 2004

Ocean Commission

Letter (from Governor Owens and Governor Wise) to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy requesting a 60-day extension of the comment period (currently set at 30 days) on the commission's preliminary report to allow for adequate time for the Governors to comment.


April 27, 2004

Internet Access Tax Moratorium

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rounds) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Democratic Leader Daschle opposing the McCain substitute to S. 150 and supporting the Alexander/Carper compromise (S. 2084) on Internet access tax moratorium legislation.


March 03, 2004

FY 2005 Budget Resolution/Medicaid

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Warner) to House Budget Committee Chairman Nussle and Ranking Minority Member Spratt expressing strong opposition to the inclusion of any Medicaid cuts in the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution.


February 13, 2004

CMS Proposed Medicaid Rule

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Warner) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thompson requesting confirmation that a proposed rule on changing a Medicaid reporting form would be republished with a new 60 day comment period.


January 30, 2004

Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Letter (from 32 Governors) to the House and Senate leadership calling for passage of a six-year transportation reauthorization bill with the highest overall level of funding possible this year.


November 20, 2003

First Responder Grant Program

Letter (from Governor Minner and Governor Romney) to Chairman Cox providing comments on several provisions in first responder grant program authorization legislation (H.R. 3266).


November 10, 2003

Highway Reauthorization

Letter (from Governors Henry, Johanns, and Granholm) to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee commenting on the draft bill reauthorizing highway and related programs through 2009.


October 22, 2003

Internet Tax

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rounds) to Senator Frist and Senator Daschle opposing S. 150, the Internet Tax Non-discrimination Act.


October 09, 2003

VA-HUD Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Musgrove) to Chairman Bond, Senator Mikulski, Chairman Walsh, and Rep. Mollohan urging them to fund the AmeriCorps program at the House level of $363.4 million and to at least maintain current funding for the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund in conference on the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies appropriations bill.


October 08, 2003

Financial Services

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rounds) to the leadership of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee requesting the committee to instruct the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to withdraw its proposed rulemaking preempting state laws over national banks and their subsidiaries until the committee can further explore the ramifications of the proposed changes (Identical letter also personalized to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee.)


October 06, 2003

Financial Services

Letter (from Governor Henry and Governor Rounds) to John D. Hawke, Jr., Comptroller of the Currency, expressing the governors' opposition to the proposed rulemaking that would preempt state laws and regulatory authority for national banks, as well as for state-chartered corporations that are subsidiaries of national banks.


September 23, 2003

Siting of Electricity Transmission Lines

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Musgrove) to Chairman Tauzin and Chairman Domenici urging conferees to not include language in the energy bill conference report preempting state authority over siting electric transmission lines.


September 22, 2003

TEA-21 Extension

Letter (from Governor Kempthorne and Governor Musgrove) to the House and Senate leadership urging them to pass a short-term extension to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century before it expires on September 30, 2003.


September 17, 2003

Internet Access Tax Moratorium

Letter (from NGA, NCSL, CSG, NCL, USCM, NACo, and ICMA) to Chairman McCain, Senator Hollings, Chairman Sensenbrenner, and Rep. Conyers expressing concern that while state and local government officials do not oppose the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access, language to extend the moratorium to certain telecommunications services is too broad and could result in significant revenue losses for state and local governments.


August 06, 2003

AHPs

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Minority Leader Daschle expressing opposition to federal Association Health Plans (AHPs), which would remove millions of people from state insurance regulation and consumer protections. (Identical letters also sent to the Chair and Ranking Members of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.)


July 31, 2003

Medicare Prescription Drug Conference

Letter (from 51 Governors) to conferees on the Medicare prescription drug bill urging them to give special attention to the impact of this legislation on populations "dually eligible" for both Medicare and Medicaid.


July 30, 2003

Internet Gambling

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Sarbanes urging them to retain the exemption for Internet transactions with businesses licensed or authorized by a state in S. 627, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act.


July 18, 2003

H.R. 2179

NGA/NCSL/NASS letter (from Governor Johanns, Governor McGreevey, Delaware State Rep. Stone, Illinois State Rep. Mautino, and Maine Secretary of State Gwadosky) to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Oxley and Ranking Member Frank urging the elimination of Section 8(b) from H.R. 2179, the Securities Fraud Deterrence and Investor Restitution Act of 2003.


July 15, 2003

Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Gregg and Ranking Member Hollings urging them to fund the Edward Byrne Grant Program at its fiscal year (FY) 2003 level and to restore the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants program and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to their FY 2002 funding levels.


July 14, 2003

Commerce/Justice/State Appropriations

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Young and Ranking Member Obey urging them to support the subcommittee's funding level for the Edward Byrne Grant Program and to restore the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants program and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to their fiscal year 2002 funding levels.


July 11, 2003

Revenue Title of the TEA-21 Reauthorization Bill

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus regarding the Governors' endorsed policy positions addressing the structure of the revenue title of the TEA-21 reauthorization bill.


June 26, 2003

First Responders

Letter (from the executive directors of six state and local government organizations) to Senator Collins in support of several provisions in her First Responder grants legislation (S. 1245).


June 21, 2003

Asbestos Reform Litigation

Letter (from NGA executive director Ray Scheppach) to Senator Hatch transmitting NGA policy EC-8, Asbestos Reform Litigation.


June 18, 2003

TEA-21

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Inhofe encouraging passage of a six-year bill reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) before it expires on September 30, 2003. (Identical letter also sent to Ranking Member Jeffords, and to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Young and Ranking Member Oberstar.)


June 11, 2003

Dual Eligibles

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senate Finance Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Baucus requesting that they amend the committee's Medicare prescription drug bill to begin federalizing some of the drug costs for dual eligibles.


June 10, 2003

First Responders

Letter (from the executive directors of the six state and local public interest groups) to Senator Collins supporting language in proposed legislation that provides for 80 percent of the first responder resources to be made available to units of local government and 20 percent to be used at the discretion of the state.


June 09, 2003

Internet Gambling

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Chairman Oxley and Ranking Member Frank urging them to maintain the exemption for states currently included in H.R. 2143, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act, for Internet transactions with businesses licensed or authorized by a state.


June 05, 2003

Medicare Reform

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senator Grassley and Senator Baucus detailing the reasons for including some form of dual eligible relief in the Senate Finance Committee's Medicare prescription drug legislation.


May 30, 2003

State Fiscal Relief

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senator Collins expressing appreciation for her commitment to state fiscal relief as part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.


May 23, 2003

SCHIP

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to the House and Senate leadership urging immediate action on preserving funds in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).


May 14, 2003

State Fiscal Relief

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senator Grassley and Senator Baucus extending the Governors' appreciation for their efforts to ensure the inclusion of fiscal relief in the Senate's tax package.


May 07, 2003

Head Start

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Chairman Boehner and Rep. Miller (House Education and the Workforce Committee) and Chairman Castle and Rep. Woolsey (House Subcommittee on Education Reform) transmitting NGA's policy on Head Start and requesting that they consider the Governors' views as they begin work on Head Start reauthorization legislation.


April 09, 2003

Interstate Branching

NGA/NCSL letter (from Governor Johanns, Governor McGreevey, State Representative Googins, and State Representative Stone) to Chairman Bachus and Ranking Member Sanders of the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, expressing support for an amendment to H.R. 1375 to preserve state authority to decide whether to permit de novo interstate branching and oppose preemption of 38 states' laws.


April 09, 2003

IDEA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governors O'Bannon, Hoeven, Rowland, and Musgrove) to Chairman Boehner and Ranking Member Miller commending them for the work of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on H.R. 1350, Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003, and urging that IDEA funding be made a mandatory federal expenditure.


April 02, 2003

Budget Resolution

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senator Nickles, Senator Conrad, Chairman Nickles, and Rep. Spratt) urging their consideration of key state concerns in the FY 2004 budget resolution.


March 28, 2003

Estate Taxes

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee urging them to enact legislation this year to help ensure equal treatment between states and the federal government with regard to the estate tax changes enacted in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.


March 28, 2003

State Fiscal Relief

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to 80 Senators thanking them for voting for a sense of the Senate amendment in support of state fiscal relief.


March 20, 2003

Medicaid

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senate Majority Leader Frist, Senate Democratic Leader Daschle, Speaker Hastert, and House Democratic Leader Pelosi opposing any provision that is intended to restrain or curb the growth of the Medicaid program as part of the FY 2004 budget resolution because of its potential to interfere with Governors' ability to jointly structure long-term changes to this vital state-federal partnership.


March 19, 2003

Transportation Funding

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Democratic Leader Daschle reiterating the importance of adequate transportation funding levels in the FY 2004 budget resolution.


March 14, 2003

First Responders

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the President expressing appreciation for the prompt funding for first responders this year and asking him to request that Congress include adequate funding in any supplemental appropriations bill.


March 13, 2003

Welfare Reform Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to the Senate Finance Committee expressing Governors' interest in working with the committee to reach a bipartisan welfare reform reauthorization package.


March 11, 2003

Budget Resolution

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the leadership of the House and Senate Budget Committees regarding the FY 2004 budget resolution.


March 05, 2003

AHPs

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach) to the House Small Business Committee transmitting NGA's policy (HR-37) that opposes the formation of federal Association Health Plans (AHPs).


March 04, 2003

Higher Education Act

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Jeffrey Andrade, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Office of Postsecondary Education, transmitting NGA's policy on Postsecondary Education (HR-44).


February 13, 2003

Predatory Lending Practices

Letter (from Governor Johanns, Governor McGreevey, State Representative Googins, and State Representative Stone) to Chairman Oxley and Ranking Member Frank of the House Financial Services Committee expressing opposition to legislation sponsored by Rep. Ney and Rep. Lucas that would preempt all state authority to regulate mortgage lending activities.


February 10, 2003

(Senate) Omnibus Appropriations

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senate Majority Leader Frist, Senate Democratic Leader Daschle, Senator Stevens, and Senator Byrd expressing the Governors' appreciation for Senate action on several key provisions of the fiscal year 2003 omnibus appropriations bill affecting state programs, and urging support in conference for state priorities.


February 06, 2003

Welfare Reform

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to members of the House Ways and Means Committee transmitting the NGA policy on welfare reform reauthorization.


February 05, 2003

AHPs

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chair Snowe expressing opposition to federal Association Health Plans (AHPs), which would remove millions of people from state insurance regulation and consumer protections.


January 24, 2003

Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the President expressing the Governors' support for several key provisions of the fiscal year 2003 omnibus appropriations bill affecting state programs.


January 18, 2003

Highway Program Investment Level

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Chairman Young and Rep. Oberstar expressing appreciation for their support for maintaining the fiscal year 2003 highway program investment level at $31.8 billion.


January 16, 2003

Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Minority Leader Daschle expressing the Governors' support for several key provisions of the fiscal year 2003 omnibus appropriations bill affecting state programs and also for several key amendments.


January 15, 2003

Unemployment Benefits

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the President thanking him for signing legislation to extend retroactively additional unemployment benefits to workers whose assistance lapsed during the holidays.


January 09, 2003

S-CHIP

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to the House and Senate leadership urging quick passage of a compromise S-CHIP bill that would preserve more than $2.7 billion in unspent allotments within the states.


January 02, 2003

MEP

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary urging them to maintain the federal government's share of support for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.


December 24, 2002

TEUC

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to U.S. Secretary of Labor Chao requesting the department to clarify in writing its recommendations with regard to permitting states to use Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation administrative funds to process claims for unemployment insurance benefits (UI) after December 28, 2002, and reimbursing states for UI claims paid between December 28th and the date of enactment of any new legislation authorizing an extension of UI benefits.


December 17, 2002

Predatory Lending

NGA/NCSL letter (from Governor Johanns, Governor McGreevey, State Representative Googins, and State Representative Stone) to the Comptroller of the Currency expressing opposition to any regulations that would preempt state predatory lending laws.


December 09, 2002

First Responders

Letter (from NGA, CSG, IAEM, NACo, NEMA, and NLC) to the President urging him to support his original fiscal year 2003 request of $3.5 billion for the nation's first responders.


October 25, 2002

Association Health Plans

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Hoeven) to Senator Daschle and Senator Lott reiterating the Governors' strong opposition to legislation, such as S. 858, which exempts Association Health Plans from critical state insurance standards.


October 04, 2002

Welfare Funding

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Majority Leader Daschle, Minority Leader Lott, Speaker Hastert, and Minority Leader Gephardt to thank them for the three-month extension of welfare and to urge action to ensure multiyear continuity for welfare funding and programs.


September 20, 2002

September 20, 2002 letter - welfare reform reauthorization

September 20, 2002 letter (from Governors Patton, Kempthorne, O'Bannon, and Hoeven) to the Senate leadership expressing Governors' views on welfare reform reauthorization.


August 29, 2002

Spectrum

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor McGreevey) to Representative Tauzin and Representative Dingell supporting H.R. 3397, introduced by Representative Harman, setting a date certain, December 31, 2006, for television stations to vacate channels allocated for public safety use by the FCC.


July 31, 2002

Child Care

Letter (from Governor O'Bannon and Governor Kempthorne) to the Senate HELP Committee regarding the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant.


July 24, 2002

State Fiscal Relief

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to the Senate leadership urging passage of the Rockefeller-Collins-Nelson-Smith state fiscal relief amendment, which would provide $9 billion in fiscal assistance to states over an 18 month period.


July 19, 2002

Business Activity Taxes

Letter (from Governor Patton and Governor Kempthorne) to Chairman Sensenbrenner and Representative Conyers opposing H.R. 2526, legislation to preempt existing state authority and revenues from business activity taxes.


July 18, 2002

Energy Supply and Transmission Act

Letter (from NGA, NCSL, NAC, NLC, NATT, NASEO, NARUC and NASUCA) to House-Senate Energy conferees urging that NGA transmission siting recommendations be considered as the basis for relevant provisions in "The Securing America's Future Energy Act" (HR 4).


July 16, 2002

H.R. 2526

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Chairman Barr and Rep. Watt expressing the Governors' opposition to H.R. 2526, a bill to make permanent the moratorium on state and local Internet access fees and to preempt existing state authority and revenues related to business activity taxes.


July 11, 2002

Amtrak

Letter (from Governor Siegelman and Governor Johanns) to Senator Byrd, Senator Stevens, Chairman Young, and Rep. Obey expressing the Governors' support for Amtrak and encouraging them to take every necessary step to avoid a shutdown. (Identical letter also forwarded to OMB Director Mitch Daniels, DOT Secretary Norman Mineta, and Amtrak President and CEO David Gunn.)


July 10, 2002

Water Investment Act

Letter (from NGA/ NLC/ NACo/ NATaT/ ACIWPCA/ ASDWA/ CIFA/ AMSA/ AMWA/ AWWA/ WEF)to all Members of the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about S. 1961, the Water Investment Act of 2002.


June 27, 2002

Workforce Investment Act

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to Emily DeRocco, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, conveying NGA's initial comments on Workforce Investment Act reauthorization.


June 20, 2002

Homeland Security Act

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Governor Ridge commending him for inclusion of Freedom of Information Act provisions in the homeland security reorganization legislation.


June 19, 2002

Drought Preparedness

June 19, 2002 letter (from Governor Hoeven and Governor Minner) to all members of Congress supporting drought preparedness legislation offered by offered by Senator Domenici, Senator Baucus, Rep. Hastings, and Rep. Rehberg.


June 17, 2002

State Revolving Loan Fund

Letter (from Governor Hoeven and Governor Minner) to Senator Voinovich expressing Governors' appreciation for his efforts in offering amendments to preserve state flexibility and autonomy in the State Revolving Loan Fund legislation (S. 1961).


June 13, 2002

State Fiscal Relief Legislation

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Senator Nelson and Senator Collins re-stating the Governors' support for their state fiscal relief legislation, S. 2570. (Language in the letter was updated based on recent information reflecting further deterioration of the state fiscal situation.)


June 06, 2002

Welfare Reform

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to the Senate Finance Committee expressing Governors' views on welfare reform reauthorization.


May 17, 2002

Streamlined Sales Tax Implementing States

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Tennessee Representative Matthew Kisber and Utah Tax Commissioner Bruce Johnson, the co-chairs of the Streamlined Sales Tax Implementing States, urging them to finalize an act and interstate agreement prior to the 2002 NGA Annual Meeting.


May 15, 2002

Clean Water

Letter (from NGA/Association of State Drinking Water Administrators/Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators/Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities) to all members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works outlining state concerns regarding the Water Investment Act of 2001 (S.1961).


May 01, 2002

Bioterrorism

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to members of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Conference Committee calling on Congress to authorize bioterrorism preparedness legislation.


April 09, 2002

Drinking Water

Letter (from Governor Hoeven and Governor Minner) to the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works expressing NGA's concerns that S.1961, the Water Investment Act of 2002, would impose numerous unprecedented mandates by inserting states into local processes ( NGA encourages favorable consideration of the Voinovich substitute amendment).


April 05, 2002

Hatch-Waxman Act

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee transmitting NGA's policy on Hatch-Waxman Act Reform.


April 02, 2002

Support the Housing Bond and Credit Modernization and Fairness Act (S. 677/H.R. 951)

Letter (from Governor Siegelman and Governor Johanns) to Chairman Baucus, Senator Grassley, Chairman Thomas, and Representative Rangel urging them to support the Housing Bond and Credit Modernization and Fairness Act (S. 677/H.R. 951).


March 22, 2002

ESEA Guidance

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to the U.S. Department of Education in response to their request for comments on the draft guidance on consolidated state plans under the No Child Left Behind Act.


March 19, 2002

FY 2003 Budget Resolution

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Senator Conrad and Senator Domenici urging careful consideration of short- and long-term Medicaid issues as part of the Senate Budget Committee's consideration and action on a fiscal year 2003 budget resolution and strongly urging adoption of a resolution to provide support for a Medicaid Commission.


March 18, 2002

Electricity Task Force

Letter (from Governor Hoeven and Minner) to Senate Majority Leader Daschle and Senate Minority Leader Lott regarding electricity transmission siting principles recommended by the NGA Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure.


March 15, 2002

Farm Bill

Letter (from Governors Hoeven, Minner, Siegelman, and Johanns) to Farm Bill conferees outlining NGA's policies relevant to the Farm Bill reauthorization


March 07, 2002

FMAP - House

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to the House leadership urging that any economic stimulus package passed by Congress must include a temporary increase in FMAP for state fiscal relief.


March 06, 2002

National Guard

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to the President urging him to reconsider placing the National Guard in a Title 10 status and instead, allow the National Guard to perform the Border Security mission in a Title 32 Status.


March 01, 2002

Food Stamp Reform

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to the Farm Bill conferees expressing Governors' views on food stamp provisions of the Farm Bill.


February 25, 2002

RABA

Letter (from NGA and transportation industry stakeholders) to the President addressing the proposed FY 2003 highway spending shortfall.


February 22, 2002

Tauzin-Dingell-HR1542

Letter (from the executive directors of NGA, Council of State Governments, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, and International City/County Management Association) to Speaker Hastert and Representative Gephardt expressing concerns with preemption provisions of H.R. 1542, the 'Tauzin-Dingell' bill.


February 20, 2002

State Income Tax Conformity

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to Rep. Portman and Rep. Cardin stating that most states would act to amend state income tax laws to conform with the new federal retirement provisions, but that conformity will have consequences for state revenues and budgets.


February 19, 2002

NCLB Comments

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to the U.S. Department of Education in response to their request for comments on the No Child Left Behind Act.


February 04, 2002

Economic Stimulus

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) personalized to selected Members of the United States Senate thanking them for their vote in support of the Baucus-Smith amendment to the economic stimulus legislation (H.R. 622) that would add an additional year of federal Medical matching assistance to offset the additional year of bonus depreciation.


January 30, 2002

Water Security

Letter (from Governor Hoeven and Governor Minner) to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Whitman urging that all funds in the FY 2002 Department of Defense appropriations bill for local drinking water facilities to conduct vulnerability assessment be distributed only in coordination with state emergency response plans.


January 25, 2002

CAFO-AFO

Letter (from Governor Hoeven and Governor Minner) to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filing NGA comments in response to an EPA proposal to regulate wastes from farm animal feeding operations.


December 21, 2001

Bioterrorism

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to Secretary Thompson asking him to ensure that the $865 million appropriated in the Defense appropriations bill and allocated to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services be guaranteed to states, with each state assured funds to assess public health needs, develop a comprehensive state plan, and address key infrastructure issues including laboratory capacity, workforce, surveillance and information, and communication systems.


December 14, 2001

State Insurance Regulators

Letter (from Governor Siegelman and Governor Johanns) to Chairman Sarbanes and Senator Gramm expressing the need to closely examine a proposal to require the Comptroller General to audit a state insurance regulator or any person who maintains information on the regulator's behalf.


December 08, 2001

Bioterrorism (Senate)

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to Senator Kennedy and Senator Frist calling on Congress to authorize and fund state grants for public health emergency preparedness.


December 05, 2001

Homeland Security

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to the Senate leadership urging them to appropriate at least $2 billion directly to states and territories to enhance the capacity and preparation of state and local health systems to respond to bioterrorism and requesting a minimum of $1 billion in state grants for public safety, emergency response, and other related costs.


August 22, 2001

Food Stamp Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Sundquist and Governor O'Bannon) to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman regarding NGA's position on Food Stamp Reauthorization


August 17, 2001

ESEA

Letter (from Governor Engler and Governor Patton) to leadership of the Senate-House Education Conference Committee regarding reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


August 09, 2001

Internet Tax Moratorium

August 8, 2001 letter (from 44 Governors) to all Members of Congress urging them to level the playing field for main street businesses.


August 02, 2001

Trade Negotiation - Senate

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senator Daschle and Senator Lott expressing support for granting fast-track trade negotiation authority to the President.


August 01, 2001

Mental Health

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to President Bush encouraging state participation in the National Commission on Mental Health.


July 31, 2001

CAFO

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitting NGA's comments regarding the proposed CAFO regulation.


July 27, 2001

Internet Tax Moratorium (Senate)

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to Senator Hollings and Senator McCain in support of S. 512 to extend the current Internet tax moratorium and provide for a level playing field.


July 25, 2001

SCHIP

Letter (from Ray Scheppach) to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson providing official comments to the interim-final regulations for the State Children's Health Insurance Program.


July 24, 2001

2002 Farm Bill

Letter from Governors Vilsack, Keating, Hodges, and Taft to Chairman Combest and Minority Leader Stenholm of the House Agricultural Committee regarding general recommendations of the Governors on the 2002 Farm Bill.


July 12, 2001

State Prison Grants Program

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to Chairman Hollings and Ranking Member Gregg of the Senate Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary, urging them to fund the state prison grants program in fiscal year 2002.


July 11, 2001

WIA House

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Young and House conferees regarding the Workforce Investment Act rescission within the fiscal year 2001 Supplemental Appropriations bill.


July 09, 2001

(VOI/TIS)

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to Chairman Young and Ranking Member Obey of the House Appropriations Committee urging them to restore funding for the Violent Offender Incarceration and Truth-In-Sentencing (VOI/TIS) program.


June 28, 2001

To the President - National Guard Youth Challenge Program

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Taft) to the President expressing the Governors opposition to a Department of Defense recommendation that the National Guard Youth Challenge program be transferred to another federal department and urging that the program continue to be administered by the National Guard.


June 26, 2001

Food Stamp Program

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to Representative Bob Goodlatte and Representative Eva Clayton urging Congress to make changes in the Food Stamp Program during the reauthorization process.


June 19, 2001

HR 1861

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Representative Burton and Representative Waxman supporting The Post Office Community Partnership Act of 2001.


June 15, 2001

AHPs

Joint letter from NGA, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of Insurance Commissioners to Senate Majority Leader Daschle, Senate Minority Leader Lott, Speaker Hastert, and House Minority Leader Gephardt opposing insurance standard exemptions for Association Health Plans.


June 14, 2001

CARA

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to House Committee on Resources urging them to cosponsor the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) and to support its passage.


April 20, 2001

Budget Priorities

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to Senator Domenici, Senator Conrad, Representative Nussle, and Representative Spratt urging them to maintain congressional commitments for several key federal-state programs in the budget resolution, including IDEA, SSBG, TANF, and Medicaid.


April 19, 2001

EPA Proposed Draft Policy

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to the US Environmental Protection Agency submitting NGA's comments regarding EPA's Proposed Draft Policy for Public Involvement.


April 13, 2001

ESEA

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to the Senate leadership, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions leadership, the House Education and the Workforce Committee leadership, and the President calling for full reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and expressing support for efforts by Congress and the Administration to see this important legislation enacted into law in the coming year.


April 09, 2001

Trust Lands

Letter (from Ray Scheppach) to Interior Secretary Gale Norton outlining NGA's objections to the department's final regulations governing procedures for the taking of land into trust.


April 06, 2001

Comments on Proposed Rule

Letter (from Ray Scheppach) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development submitting NGA's comments on the proposed rule addressing "Prohibition of Use of CDBG Assistance for Job-Pirating Activities."


April 04, 2001

State-Chartered Banking Fees

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senator Domenici and Senator Conrad in support of the amendment by Senator Enzi and Senator Carper to strike the examination fee on the state-chartered banks provision contained in House Congressional Bank Resolution 83.


April 04, 2001

Budget Priorities, SSBG, TANF, Medicaid, IDEA, Budget Resolution

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to Senators Lott, Daschle, Domenici, and Conrad urging them to maintain current commitments to states for key programs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title XX/Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid, and in the fiscal 2002 budget resolution.


April 04, 2001

CZMA

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to Senate leadership/Senate Commerce Committee opposing amendments to the CZMA that limit states' authority to implement and carry out the consistency review process.


March 16, 2001

NGA Priorities

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to the House and Senate leadership transmitting NGA's priorities for this session of Congress.


March 02, 2001

Bankruptcy Reform

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senate Majority Leader Lott and Senate Democratic Leader Daschle urging them to pass bankruptcy reform legislation in 2001.


February 13, 2001

Welfare

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Engler) to the President urging the extension of TANF supplemental grants.


February 06, 2001

Pipeline Safety

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to Majority Leader Lott urging prompt action on a Senate pipeline safety bill.


February 02, 2001

SSTP

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) co-chairs reaffirming support for the SSTP model state law and interstate agreement as adopted by the 27 participating states.


February 01, 2001

Medicaid, SCHIP

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Taft) to HHS Secretary Thompson raising concerns about recent HHS letters and final regulations that impact Medicaid and S-CHIP.


January 22, 2001

Transition Paper

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to the House and Senate leadership and key committees of jurisdiction providing them with a copy of the transition paper the Governors prepared for the incoming Administration on priority issues, especially focusing on Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and education.


December 22, 2000

Transition Priorities

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to President-elect Bush transmitting the transition paper the Governors prepared on priority issues, especially focusing on Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and education.


December 15, 2000

Indian Tribal Governments

Joint NGA/NCSL letter (from Governor Glendening, Governor Engler, State Senator Costa, and State Senator Saland) to the President urging that the new Executive Order 13175 regarding tribal governments not be implemented until there has been compliance with the President's Executive Order on Federalism (E.O. 13132) and until there is a clear analysis of the potential impact on states.


November 11, 2000

DOT Regulations

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senator Smith and Senator Baucus supporting S. 3173 to impose a moratorium on the Department of Transportation's proposed environmental streamlining regulations.


September 15, 2000

Senate Agriculture Committee

Letters (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Schafer) to Secretary Glickman, members of House Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee transmitting NGA resolution on Emergency Relief for Farmers and Ranchers/NGA Farm and Agriculture Policy.


July 27, 2000

Internet Tax Freedom Act

Letter (from NGA/Council of State Governments/Council of Chief State School Officers/e-Fairness Coalition/International Council of Shopping Centers/International Mass Retail Association/National Retail Federation/Real Estate Roundtable) to Members of the United States Senate urging them to support the Voinovich-Dorgan legislation to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act moratorium and to authorize the states to enter into an interstate compact to simplify state and local sales and use tax systems and create a level playing field.


July 21, 2000

Class III Gaming Procedures

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senate conferees expressing NGA's strong support for Senator Sessions' Amendment (Number 3790) to H.R. 4578, the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which (as adopted by the Senate) prohibits the Department of the Interior from using funds to publish Class III gaming procedures.


July 20, 2000

Indian Gaming

Letter (from Governor Johanns and Governor Siegelman) to Senator Sessions thanking him for his sponsorship of an amendment to H.R. 4578, the Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, prohibiting the Interior Department from using funds to publish Class III gaming procedures for tribal gaming.


July 20, 2000

Abandoned Mine

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requesting that an amendment incorporating language from H.R. 2753, the "Abandoned Mine Restoration Act of 1999," be added to the Water Resources Development Act of 2000.


July 19, 2000

OCS

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Keating) to Members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Leadership commending their efforts and dedication to marking up bipartisan legislation that shares a meaningful portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) mineral revenues with states and territories and also noting that the Governors on the NGA Natural Resources Committee considered the property rights arguments raised and believe they should not present a barrier to passage of OCS legislation this year.


July 19, 2000

Mobile Telecommunications

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Engler) to Chairman Hyde, Rep. Conyers, Chairman Gekas, Rep Nadler, Chairman Tauzin, Rep. Markey, Rep. Pickering, Senator Brownback, and Senator Dorgan thanking them for their leadership in securing passage of the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act.


July 12, 2000

Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill

Letter from Governors Glendening and Engler to Senators Moynihan, Voinovich, Bayh, Hatch, Graham, Jeffords, Kennedy, Hutchison and Wellstone, thanking them for working to restore funds for TANF, SSBG and S-CHIP in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.


July 06, 2000

Brownfields

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to Senators Chafee, Lautenberg, R. Smith, and Baucus commending them for crafting a bipartisan bill on brownfields, expressing support for some parts of the bill, and urging them to improve other provisions to encourage voluntary cleanups.


June 27, 2000

To Chairman Hyde and Representative Conyers

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chairman Hyde and Representative Conyers urging Congress to continue to support state efforts to serve victims of domestic violence, as called for in the Violence Against Women Act.


June 21, 2000

High Speed Rail

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to Chairman Roth, Senator Moynihan, Chairman Archer, and Rep. Rangel in support of S.1900 and H.R. 3700, the High Speed Rail Investment Act. The bills authorize Amtrak to sell $10 billion in high-speed rail bonds between fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2010, and the revenue may be invested in designated high-speed rail corridors to upgrade existing routes to high-speed rail, to construct new dedicated high-speed rail tracks, and to purchase high-speed rail equipment.


June 21, 2000

High Speed Rail Investment Act

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to Chairman Roth, Senator Moynihan, Chairman Archer, and Rep. Rangel in support of S.1900 and H.R. 3700, the High Speed Rail Investment Act. The bills authorize Amtrak to sell $10 billion in high-speed rail bonds between fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2010, and the revenue may be invested in designated high-speed rail corridors to upgrade existing routes to high-speed rail, to construct new dedicated high-speed rail tracks, and to purchase high-speed rail equipment.


June 14, 2000

Federal Highway Funds for Intercity Passenger Rail

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to Senator Lott and Senator Daschle supporting the Voinovich amendment to the fiscal 2001 appropriations bill. This amendment would provide states with the flexibility to use federal highway funds for intercity passenger rail.


June 13, 2000

Wyden Bill

Letter (from NGA NCSL, CSG, NACo, USCM, and ICMA) to the Senate Commerce Committee opposing the Wyden bill that would delay the creation of a level playing field.


June 08, 2000

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to House and Senate leaders supporting legislation to increase the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Private Activity Bond Cap.


June 01, 2000

TMDLs

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to Senator Crapo and Senator Smith outlining NGA's concerns regarding EPA's proposed regulations on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).


April 28, 2000

To Chairman Jeffords

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chairman Jeffords regarding S. 2, the Educational Opportunity Act


April 28, 2000

To Sen. Roth, Sen. Moynihan, Rep Johnson and Rep. Cardin

Letter from Governors Leavitt, Glendening, Huchabee and Hunt to Senator Roth, Senator Moynihan, Representative Johnson and Representative Cardin transmitting a document that outlines state innovations in TANF


April 12, 2000

Electronic Commerce Report

Letter (from 36 Governors) to Senator Lott, Senator Daschle, Speaker Hastert, and Representative Gephardt urging them to reject the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce report.


April 11, 2000

Opposing S. 2255

Letter (by Governor Leavitt and Governor Glendening) to Chairman McCain and Senator Hollings opposing S. 2255, which would extend the provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act for an additional five years beyond its expiration date.


April 07, 2000

Internet Tax Freedom Act

The nation's Governors and state legislators strongly oppose any amendment to permanently extend the moratorium established by the Internet Tax Freedom Act.


April 05, 2000

OCS

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to all members of the U.S. Senate asking that they approve legislation that shares a meaningful portion of Outer Continental Shelf mineral revenues with states and territories.


April 05, 2000

To Chairman Goodling

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chaiman Goodling outlining the Governors' concerns with H.R. 4141, the Education Opportunities to Protect and Invest in Our Nation's Students Act.


April 04, 2000

State Sovereign Authority

Letter (from Governor Leavitt and Governor Glendening) to Chairman Hyde and Ranking Minority Member Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee urging opposition to any amendments to preempt state sovereign authority with regard to state lotteries on the Internet and to preserve the exemptions for states in the Internet Gaming Prohibition Act, H.R. 3125.


March 13, 2000

To the House Budget Committee - IDEA

Letter from Governors Leavitt, Glendening, Huckabee and Hunt to the House Budget Committee urging Congress to fully fund IDEA.


March 12, 2000

Title VII - H.R. 1776

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to Chairman Leach and Rep. LaFalce asking the House Banking and Financial Services Committee to delay mark-up of Title VII of H.R. 1776 because state concerns had not been heard, and for changes that would preserve the effective pieces of the existing program, which grants states an effective role in the monitoring and enforcement of federal standards.


March 01, 2000

Electric

Letter (from Gov. Kenny C. Guinn and Gov. Thomas J. Vilsack) to U.S. Rep. Tom Bliley on on the Electric Competition and Reliability Act (H.R. 2944).


February 28, 2000

To Chairman Jeffords

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chairman Jeffords outlining Governors' support of and concerns regarding certain provisions of the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill.


February 23, 2000

OCS

Letter (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Racicot) to Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, House and Senate leadership, and House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs asking Congress to approve legislation that shares a meaningful portion of outer continental shelf mineral revenues with states, but not at the expense of other federally supported state programs.


February 18, 2000

Agriculture

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to Secretary of Agriculture Glickman, Senate leadership, and Senate Agriculture Committee members supporting S. 1983, the Agricultural Market Access and Development Act of 1999, and urging Congress to enact the legislation (S. 1983 would allow the Secretary to transfer unexpended funds from the Export Enhancement Program to the Market Access Program, a program that assists farmers, cooperatives, and small companies in accessing foreign markets.)


February 17, 2000

To Margaret Ann Hamburg

Letter from NGA Executive Director Ray Scheppach to Ann Hamburg, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS, submitting comments regarding a proposed rule on Medical Records Privacy.


February 03, 2000

Airport Improvement Program

Letter (from Governors Hodges, Rowland, Patton, and Schafer) to conferees on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization urging them to act quickly on a multiyear reauthorization of the FAA and Airport Improvement Program that invests aviation trust fund revenues for their intended purpose.


January 20, 2000

TMDLs

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commenting on EPA's proposed regulations on total maximum daily loads as published in the Federal Register on August 23, 1999 (40 CFR 122, 123, 124, 130, and 131).


January 14, 2000

Clean Water Act

Letter (from Governor Guinn and Governor Vilsack) to Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee asking them to strengthen Clean Water Act sovereign immunity waiver.


January 07, 2000

SCHIP

NGA comments to Administrator DeParle, Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regarding proposed regulations for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP).


November 15, 1999

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce

Letter (from NGA, NCSL, CSG, NACo, USCM, and ICMA) to the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce urging consideration of the state and local proposal for Streamlining the Sales Tax for the 21st Century.


October 21, 1999

Nuclear Waste Storage

Letter (from Governors Leavitt, Glendening, Guinn, and Vilsack) to Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee opposing removal of EPA authority to set radiation protection standards at the proposed high-level nuclear waste storage facility.


October 15, 1999

To Administrator DeParle, HCFA

Letter from Governors Sundquist and Kitzhaber to Administrator DeParle of HCFA regarding forthcoming regulations for the State Children's Health Insurance Program.


October 08, 1999

To Chariman Goodling

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chairman Goodling commenting on the Academic Achievement for All Act, H.R. 2300 (Straight A's legislation).


October 07, 1999

IFTA

Letter (from Governor Leavitt and Governor Glendening) to Senator Lott and Senator Daschle opposing any efforts to extend the duration or expand the scope of the moratorium imposed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act.


October 06, 1999

To Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt

Letter from Governors Leavitt and Glendenning to Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt regarding treatment of Association Health Plans, Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and "HealthMarts" under H.R. 2990 and H.R. 2926.


October 04, 1999

To Chariman Goodling

Letter from Governors Huckabee and Hunt to Chairman Goodling outlining Governors' concerns with certain provision of Title I reauthorization legislation.


September 28, 1999

Transportation Appropriations Bill

Letter (from Governor Hodges and Governor Rowland) to the conferees of the fiscal 2000 transportation appropriations bill opposing provisions in the Senate bill that violate the structure and intent of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).


September 23, 1999

To House Labor-HHS Subcommittee Chairman John Porter

Letter to House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Porter opposing TANF funding cuts.


September 22, 1999

Transportation Appropriations Bill

Letter (from Governor Leavitt and Governor Glendening) to conferees on the fiscal 2000 transportation appropriations bill urging them not to include Section 339 of the Senate bill in the final conference report (Section 339 would prohibit the use of fiscal 2000 transportation funds for projects in states that distribute driver's license information without the express written consent of the individual to whom it pertains.)


September 21, 1999

To Sen. Santorum and Rep. Salmon

Letter from Governors Leavitt, Glendening, Huckabee and Hunt to Senator Santorum and Representative Salmon concerning why NGA does not support the "Aimee's Law" provisions in S. 254 and H.R. 1501.


September 15, 1999

Secretary Glickman

Letters (from Governor Vilsack and Governor Schafer) to Secretary Glickman, members of House Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee transmitting NGA resolution on Emergency Relief for Farmers and Ranchers/NGA Farm and Agriculture Policy.


August 05, 1999

To Members of the Conference Committee

Letter from Governors Carper, Leavitt, Hunt and Huckabee to Members of the Conference Committee outlining NGA's position on several provisions in the Juvienile Justice bills, S. 254 and H.R. 1501


July 30, 1999

To Senators Bayh and Domenici

Letter to Senators Bayh and Domenici supporting S. 1364, the Responsible Fatherhood Act.


July 29, 1999

IFTA

Letter (from Governor Carper, Governor Leavitt, State Rep. Mannweiler, and State Senator Costa) to all Senators opposing any amendment to the Senate version of the tax bill to extend the three-year moratorium set by the Internet Tax Freedom Act last October.


July 27, 1999

Airport Improvement Program (AIP)

Letter (from Governors Carper, Leavitt, Pataki, Shaheen, Patton, and Schafer) to Senate Majority Leader Lott and Senate Minority Leader Daschle urging them to act quickly on a multi-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) that invests aviation trust fund revenues for their intended purpose.


July 27, 1999

To Chariman Goodling

Letter from Governors Hodges and Taft to Chairman Goodling outlining Governors' support for H.R. 3222, Lifteracy Involves Families Together (LIFT) Act.


July 21, 1999

Tax Bill

Letter (from Governor Carper and Governor Leavitt) to Chairman Roth outlining NGA priorities in the tax bill.


July 15, 1999

Superfund

Letter (from Governor Glendening and Governor Schafer) to Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to support bipartisan efforts to enact Superfund reform this year.


July 02, 1999

Transit Cap Provision

Letter (from Governors Carper, Leavitt, Pataki, and Sheehan) to Senator Gramm and Senator Sarbanes regarding the transit cap provision that is currently included in the Senate fiscal 2000 Transportation Appropriations bill.


June 24, 1999

Child Support Financing

Letter to Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt opposing child support cuts in H.R. 1802.


June 22, 1999

To Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt

Joint letter from NGA, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of Insurance Commissioners to Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt opposing insurance standard exemptions for Association Health Plans and Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements.


June 09, 1999

TEA 21

Letter to Senator Chafee, Senator Baucus, Rep. Shuster, and Rep. Oberstar marking the one year anniversary of the enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21).


May 25, 1999

To Chairman Archer and Rep. Rangel

Letter to Chariman Archer and Rep. Rangel opposing the use of child support funds to pay for the Independent Living program in H.R. 1802.


May 14, 1999

To Senators Hatch and Leahy

Letter from Governors Carper, Leavitt, Hunt and Huckabee to Senators Hatch and Leahy outlining NGA's position on the Juvenile Justice bill, S. 254.


May 05, 1999

Federal Bankruptcy Reform

Letter (from Governors Carper, Leavitt, Pataki, and Shaheen) to Speaker Hastert and Rep. Gephardt indicating the Governors' support for federal bankruptcy reform efforts.


May 03, 1999

LLRW

Letters (from Governor Glendening and Governor Schafer) to Members of the House Appropriations Committee and to Secretary Richardson requesting continued funding for technical assistance to states and compacts on low-level radioactive waste disposal.


April 28, 1999

Indian Gaming Amendment

Letter (from Governor Carper and Governor Leavitt) to Chairman Stevens, Senator Byrd, Chairman Young, and Rep. Obey urging conferees to support the Indian gaming amendment included in the Senate version of the Supplemental Appropriations bill.


April 16, 1999

Crop Insurance

Letter (from Governor Schafer and Governor Vilsack) to the House Agriculture Committee and Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee expressing NGA's strong interest in working closely with Congress on crop insurance reform.


April 14, 1999

To House and Senate Leadership

Letter (from 53 Governors) to House and Senate Leadership urging agreement on and passage of the emergency supplemental appropriations bill and to retain the Senate provision protecting settlement funds from federal seizure.


March 24, 1999

To House Speaker Hastert and Minortiy Leader Gephardt

Letter to Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Gephardt regarding proposals to use TANF funds to pay for other federal programs.


March 18, 1999

To all members of the Senate

Letter to all members of the Senate opposing the TANF deferral in the supplemental appropriations bill.


March 17, 1999

To Senators Lott and Daschle

Letter to Senators Trent Lott and Thomas Daschle supporting Governors' support for language in the emergency appropriations bill that would protect state tobacco settlement funds.


March 05, 1999

To Senators Lott and Daschle

Letter to Senators Trent Lott and Thomas Daschle reiterating Governors' opposition to amendments that would restrict states' use of tobacco settlement funds.


March 04, 1999

To Sen. James Jeffords and Sen. Edward Kennedy

Letter to Senators James Jeffords and Edward Kennedy opposing a pending amendment to restrict the applicability of waivers to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.


March 03, 1999

TANF block grant funds

Letter to House and Senate leaders, House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen and Ranking Members opposing cuts to TANF block grant funds.


February 23, 1999

To Reps. Castle, Kildee, Clay and Goodling

Letter to Representatives Michael Castle, Dale Kildee, Bill Clay, and William Goodling expressing support for legislation to expand Ed-Flex to all states and territories.


February 03, 1999

Tobacco Settlement

Letter to Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Bob Graham and Representative Michael Billrakis, explaining Governors' opposition to federal seizure of states' tobacco settlement funds


January 27, 1999

To Sen. James Jeffords

Letter to Senator James Jeffords commending his support of expansion of the Ed-Flex program.


January 27, 1999

Aviation

Letter to House and Senate leaders on aviation.


December 09, 1998

To all Governors

Letter from Ray Scheppach to all Governors setting out details of the states' tobacco settlement