NGA Policy Positions
Governors recognize that the foundation of today’s economy, national security and the daily operations of government are increasingly dependent upon the security and reliability of communications technology and other digital infrastructure.
Governors strongly support the efforts and sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces – active duty, reserve, National Guard and veterans – to protect the United States and preserve our way of life. Governors are particularly concerned with the role of the National Guard as it is the only military force that a governor can call upon to respond to disasters and other emergencies.
Governors strongly support providing services to our nation’s veterans and their families, and urge the federal government to work with states to help veterans, including members of the National Guard and reserves, reintegrate into the community.
The nation’s governors urge Congress and the Administration to enact immigration reform that strengthens the economy and our communities and secures our borders and ports.
The nation’s governors are committed to protecting public health and conserving the environment for the American people. The future success of environmental protection and remediation efforts depends upon the continued successful implementation of programs at the state and local levels.
The national security and economic well-being of our nation are predicated on the affordable, environmentally sustainable supply and efficient use of energy. Significant changes in the way that the United States both produces and consumes energy have occurred in recent years. In order to capitalize on these changes, the infrastructure used to move energy resources from production facilities to markets must be evaluated, and where necessary, modernized and updated.
The nation’s governors are concerned about the growing challenges facing both state and federal agencies in managing and protecting our natural resources. As the United States’ diverse population rapidly expands, governors nationwide are addressing the issue of how best to use America’s land while preserving community character and protecting environmental health.