Six leading policy organizations, led by the Western Governors' Association, have urged Congressional leadership to collaborate with states and local governments in the formulation of the fiscal year 2018 budget.
"States and local governments are eager to work with the federal government as authentic partners," asserts the letter sent on May 22, 2017, and "we hope to engage with federal agencies at the earliest stages of federal decision-making and program development."
The letter concludes: "As we proceed with our efforts to realign the state-federal relationship, we would appreciate the opportunity to consult with Congress on funding imperatives and the efficient allocation of scarce resources."
Previous outreach, Principles to Clarify and Strengthen the State-Federal Relationship, was included with the letter, which was sent to leadership of the House (Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi) and Senate (Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Charles Schumer).
Signatories to the letter were: James D. Ogsbury, Executive Director, Western Governors’ Association; Chris Coppin, Legal Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General; Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, The Council of State Governments West; Matthew D. Chase, Executive Director, National Association of Counties; Matt Morrison, Executive Director, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, and Scott Pattison, Executive Director, the National Governors Association.