NGA Policy Positions
Governors across the country face significant challenges in their efforts to ensure the sustainability of health care programs amidst rising health care costs. To put these programs on a fiscally sustainable path, governors are increasingly exploring alternatives to the less desirable cost-cutting methods that involve reducing provider payments, limiting benefits and restricting coverage.
Assuring the safety and security of citizens is one of the paramount duties of governors. With the constantly evolving threat of terrorism and increased occurrences of natural disasters, governors must maintain and continually update state strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
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 appreciate 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 strive to honor the service of the men and women in our nation's armed services. Service members often encounter challenges in the transition to civilian life and in accessing proper benefits and medical care throughout their lives.
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. To further the progress made to date, governors pledge to continue to promote environmentally sound policies within their state and work with Congress and the Administration on the development of new or revised federal environmental programs.
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.