Thursday, October 13, 2011
Governors Discuss National Legislative Priorities for 2012, Federal Legislation Impacting State Budgets
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today joined other members of the National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee for a day of meetings in Washington, D.C., to discuss legislative priorities and federal legislation impacting the states and state budgets. The governor also met with a group of U.S. senators who previously served as governors.
The Executive Committee discussed potential legislative policies on issues such as the economy, health care, education and public safety. The governors also discussed what the possible impact to state budgets would be from any budget cuts proposed by the congressional “Super Committee.”
The former governors now serving as U.S. senators sought input from the NGA Executive Committee on deficit reduction and how Washington can utilize tax dollars more efficiently.
“The Executive Committee meetings gave me a chance to help shape the priorities of the NGA and promote the successful, pro-business reforms we have enacted in Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “Meeting with the former governors who are now serving in the U.S. Senate allowed me to share with them how federal policies regarding the economy, health care and other issues could impact our state and our state budgets.”
During today’s meetings, the NGA Executive Committee also will made plans for the NGA winter meetings.