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July 25, 2017

Gov. Sandoval Helps States Stay ‘Ahead of the Curve’

The new chair of NGA has chosen to hone in on how states can support technology innovation, specifically within the energy and transportation sectors, for his initiative, Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors.


July 25, 2017

NGA, NCSL Oppose Preemption Bill Under Consideration by Congress

The National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures issued a statement opposing the No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017, which preempts states' authority.


July 24, 2017

States Strategize to Increase Traffic Safety

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has announced four states have been selected to participate in a learning lab focused on state strategies to reduce highway and traffic fatalities and injuries.


July 19, 2017

NGA Summer Meeting Highlights Innovation, International Collaboration

More than 30 governors gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, July 13-15, 2017, to discuss some of the nation’s most critical policy issues. 


July 18, 2017

NGA Announces 2017–18 Executive Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association has announced its new nine-member executive committee of governors for 2017–18.


July 14, 2017

States Pledge to Meet the Cyber Threat

National Governors Association Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe kicked off the 2017 NGA Summer Meeting with a discussion on how states continue to develop strategies to thwart cyber threats.


July 10, 2017

Vice President Pence to Address Governors at Summer Meeting

NGA today announced that Vice President of the United States Mike Pence will address more than 30 of the nation’s governors at the NGA Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, later this week.


July 07, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau To Address Governors At Their Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association announced Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the nation’s governors at their 109th Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. 


June 23, 2017

Governors to Congress: Don't Let CHIP Expire

The National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee issued a statement urging Congress to immediately extend the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has had bipartisan support since 1997.


June 20, 2017

NGA Releases Bipartisan Ideas From 13 States to Improve Health Care

The NGA Center for Best Practices' Shared Priorities from the Governors' Bipartisan Health Reform Learning Network summarizes a collection of bipartisan health care ideas from 13 states—California, Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.


June 20, 2017

Governors Welcome FEMA Administrator Confirmation

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, chair and vice chair of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, respectively, commend Congress on the confirmation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long.


June 16, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe: States Need Core Cyber Protections to Fight Threats

The National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hosted the final summit for his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, in Leesburg, Virginia, earlier this week.


June 16, 2017

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Announces Elon Musk To Appear at NGA Summer Meeting

Incoming NGA Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, will be joining the nation’s governors at their Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, July 13-15, 2017. 


June 08, 2017

NGA CEO: Bipartisan Agreement Among Governors on Infrastructure

Scott Pattison went on CNBC’s "Squawk Box" ahead of the President’s infrastructure summit at the White House to discuss governors’ infrastructure priorities.


May 23, 2017

NGA Lauds Ambassador Branstad’s Historic Public Service Career

Yesterday former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. ambassador to China. Earlier, he was approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance his nomination to the full Senate for the final vote. 


May 19, 2017

NGA Applauds Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs

The National Governors Association (NGA), along with other leading organizations that represent state and local governments at the federal level, issued a statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs.


May 17, 2017

State Officials Stress Importance of 2018 Farm Bill

The National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) released a statement on states' priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. 


May 12, 2017

States Strategize to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Ten states will participate in a project to reduce childhood hunger, which is aligned with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe’s NGA spouse’s initiative.


May 12, 2017

Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier of State Legislation

NGA has written a piece on how states are on the front lines of combating cybersecurity risk for newswire Law360.


May 05, 2017

NGA Reacts to AHCA Passage, Urges Congress to Seek Governors' Input

The bipartisan National Governors Association released a statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017: “Governors share Congress’ goal of fostering a 21st century health care system that improves health outcomes and reduces the financial burden on families, businesses and government."


May 04, 2017

NGA Welcomes Council of Governors Appointments

The National Governors Association welcomes the appointment and reappointment of governors to the critically important Council of Governors, which focuses on national security issues.


May 02, 2017

Governors Concentrate on Water Conservation, Quality

Recognized water quality and conservation leaders California Gov. Edmund G. Brown and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will serve as co-chairs of the new NGA Center for Best Practices’ Water Policy Learning Network.


April 28, 2017

State, Local Governments Applaud Online Sales Tax Collection Bill

The seven leading state and local government organizations, including NGA, issued a statement welcoming Congress's consideration of remote sales tax legislation.


April 26, 2017

State, Local Groups Respond to President's Tax Plan

A group of seven state and local government organizations, including NGA, issued a statement responding to the President's proposed tax plan, which would eliminate the state and local tax deduction.


April 26, 2017

Governors to Congress: Restore Rural Funding in Continuing Resolution

The National Governors Association released a statement regarding reduced federal payments to states and counties under the Secure Rural Schools program.


April 24, 2017

Governors: Defense Authorization Modification Essential to Preserve National Guard

The National Governors Association expressed its strong support for legislation that would allow the National Guard to preserve its readiness through the Military Technician program.  


April 13, 2017

Virginia Helps States With Juvenile Justice Reform

At an NGA learning lab on juvenile justice reform, teams from eight states gathered in Virginia to hear about the commonwealth’s ongoing work in that area.


April 11, 2017

States Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment in Drug Courts, Corrections

Eight states will participate in an NGA project to develop and implement strategies to expand access to opioid use disorder treatment for justice-involved populations.


April 06, 2017

Governors Urge Quick Resolution of Federal Financial Aid Tool Outage

In a statement, the National Governors Association asked the IRS and U.S. Department of Education to leverage all available resources to prevent millions of college applicants from being affected by a service interruption between now and Fall 2017.


March 30, 2017

States Improve Access to High-Quality Health Care in Rural America

Seven states will participate in a new NGA opportunity to identify and implement strategies to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective health care in rural America.


March 30, 2017

Governors to Congress: Military Technicians Help Keep Our Country Safe

The National Governors Association announced its support for legislation to modernize and enhance the National Guard Military Technician program and preserve the Guard’s readiness for state and federal military missions.


March 28, 2017

States Strengthen Youth Incarceration Alternatives

Five states and territories will participate in a National Governors Association learning lab focused on alternatives to incarceration for justice-involved youth.


March 23, 2017

States Advance Energy Goals Through New NGA Opportunity

Five states will participate in an NGA retreat that will help them explore innovative policies and programs to advance their energy goals.


March 21, 2017

NGA Helps States Navigate Health Care Reform

To assist states in navigating the changing health care landscape, the National Governors Association has launched the Governors’ Bipartisan Health Reform Learning Network, which will include 14 states, with an even split of Democratic and Republican governors.


March 17, 2017

NGA Hosts International Visit on Apprenticeships

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices will host a visit to Germany and Switzerland for a small group of U.S. governors to study apprenticeships.


March 15, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe: Cybersecurity Is Key State Issue

At the second regional summit for his NGA chair’s initiative, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered a keynote address on states’ role in strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity to protect critical infrastructure and personal data.


March 13, 2017

Governors’ Role Critical in Every Student Succeeds Act

The National Governors Association released a statement following the U.S. Department of Education’s release of a revised state plan template under ESSA.


March 09, 2017

Two More States Join Criminal Justice Reform Project

Two additional states—Delaware and Vermont—have been selected to participate in the National Criminal Justice Reform Project. These states will join Illinois, Arizona and Oregon.


March 07, 2017

State Court Case Moves Online Sales Tax Reform One Step Closer to Resolution

South Dakota’s state circuit court found a law that would have allowed the state to collect sales tax from online retailers unconstitutional.


March 02, 2017

Governors Adopt Policy Positions During NGA Winter Meeting

At the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors adopted policy positions for the five NGA committees: Economic Development and Commerce (EDC), Education and Workforce (EdW), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security and Public Safety (HSPS) and Natural Resources (NR).


February 28, 2017

NGA Winter Meeting Shines Spotlight on Bipartisanship, Governors’ Priorities

The nation’s governors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 National Governors Association Winter Meeting, February 24-27, 2017.


February 26, 2017

Governors, Spouses Discuss Strategies to End Childhood Hunger

At a special joint session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting including governors and their spouses, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and NGA Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval co-moderated a session on ending childhood hunger


February 25, 2017

Early Education Takes Center Stage At Governors’ Opening Session

Governors kicked off their 2017 NGA Winter Meeting with a session on early childhood education and its importance in building a strong foundation for economic success in the next generation of American leaders.


February 23, 2017

NGA Winter Meeting Breaks Attendance Record

At the 2017 NGA Winter Meeting, there will be a record number of attendees, including at least 46 governors.


February 13, 2017

In Tight Fiscal Environment, States Focus on Infrastructure Financing

As states and Congress look to strengthen America’s infrastructure under the new Administration, municipal bonds remain a critical tool to financing the construction or improvement of schools, streets, highways, hospitals, bridges, water and sewer systems, ports, airports and other public works.


February 13, 2017

Gov. Branstad Commemorated at 2017 NGA Winter Meeting

On Feb. 26, 2017, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will receive an award for his service as the nation’s longest-serving governor ever at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.


February 02, 2017

Governors Comment On Congressional Review of Education Regulations

The National Governors Association (NGA) released a statement on Congressional Review Act disapproval resolutions blocking final regulations on Every Student Succeeds Act accountability and teacher preparation programs, reiterating NGA’s longstanding position.


January 31, 2017

New Poll Says Americans Trust Their Governors

The National Governors Association worked with Luntz Global Partners to survey 1,000 voters nationwide. The goal was to gauge people’s views on states and governance.


January 26, 2017

Governors to President Trump: We’re Ready to Work With You

NGA Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval delivered the association’s annual State of the States address days after Trump’s inauguration.


January 25, 2017

Governors Send a Letter to Congress With Recommendations on How to Approach Health Care Reform

The letter was a response to a previous letter from Rep. McCarthy.