Tuesday, September 30, 2008

STATE & LOCAL GROUPS WANT MORE RESPECT FROM NEXT PRES

Governing - The leaders of the Big " state and local government groups -- National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association -- released a statement calling on the next president to pay more attention to states and localities in drafting policy:

<<< The federal-state-local partnership is vital to ensuring the general welfare and well-being of our citizens and our country. As a new administration begins, it is important to recognize that the foundation of this partnership must be developed early and continuously nurtured and strengthened. To promote this relationship, the leaders of state and local government ask the next president to follow two main guiding principles.

The first is to consult and cooperate with state and local leaders. We are on the frontlines everyday and know the effect of national policies and programs on the delivery of services to our citizens. We ask the next administration to adopt a policy of constructive engagement with state and local government to gather relevant information about existing issues, build on innovative programs already in place at the state and local level and ensure national policies are implemented in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Second, we encourage the next Administration to promote innovation at the state and local level. State and local leaders can respond more quickly and experiment more widely than our federal partners. We urge the new president to strive for federal policy that encourages this innovation by maximizing state and local flexibility as we implement national policies and programs.>>>

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