The Western Governors’ Association has been added to the Advisory Council of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs, enabling WGA to share its expertise in support of the council's goal of improving the state-federal relationship.
WGA joins the likes of the National Governors Association and National Conference of State Legislatures on the bipartisan Task Force. It was created in May of 2017 by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi to examine ways to restore the balance of power between the federal government and states, tribes, and local governments.
“The Western Governors’ Association has done more work examining the state-federal relationship than possibly any other organization in the country," said Task Force Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. "Their addition to the Advisory Council is a no-brainer, and the Task Force will lean heavily on their policy expertise and ideas moving forward.”
WGA joins the following groups on the Task Force: National Association of Counties, National Governors Association, Council of State Governments, National Conference of State Legislatures, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, International City/County Management Association, National Congress of American Indians, National Association of State Treasurers, American Legislative Exchange Council, and the State Policy Network.
Western Governors have done extensive recent work on this issue, including approval of the resolution, Building a Stronger State-Federal Relationship. The Governors subsequently organized a coalition of the West’s leading policy associations to adopt and promote Principles to Clarify and Strengthen the State-Federal Relationship. The WGA team has since connected with new leadership in federal agencies and Congress to communicate the Governors’ resolution and the coalition’s principles.