Western Governors support reestablishment of forum for meaningful dialogue on intergovernmental issues

Western Governors support the reestablishment of a forum for meaningful dialogue on intergovernmental issues, such as the Commission on Intergovernmental Relations of the United States proposed in H.R. 3883, the Restoring the Partnership Act.

“That our system of cooperative federalism is in urgent need of reform is demonstrated by the consistent treatment of states as stakeholders by federal agencies,” asserts the outreach of Aug. 29, 2019 sent to leadership of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. “Improved intergovernmental coordination, communication and consultation promise multiple benefits, not the least of which is more effective, efficient and enduring public policy."

Although the letter signed by WGA Chair North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Vice Chair Oregon Gov. Kate Brown supports the reestablishment of the Commission, the Governors caution that more should be done.

“The creation of such a forum," the letter continues, "should not take the place of broader legislative reforms, such as those Western Governors and their partners (previously) shared with the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs.” Read, download the letter.

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