Capitol to Capitol | April 12, 2021

4/12/2021

NCSL Transportation Expert to Testify Before Senate Committee

NCSL Transportation Program Director Doug Shinkle will testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday  at 10 a.m. ET on the important issue of transportation funding and financing, with a focus on how states have addressed funding shortfalls. Click to add to calendar

Afterward, Shinkle joins NCSL’s live Facebook broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss his testimony and other infrastructure policies. Click to add to calendar

Treasury Statement on State Fiscal Recovery Funds and Tax Conformity

The Treasury Department has decided to address a question that has arisen frequently: whether income tax changes that simply conform a state or territory’s tax law with recent changes in federal income tax law are subject to the offset provision of section 602(c)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act, as added by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Regardless of the method of conformity and the effect on net tax revenue, Treasury views such changes as permissible under the offset provision. Read More

NCSL Contact: : Erlinda Doherty

President Releases Overview of Fiscal Year 2022 Discretionary Funding Request

The request includes “key investments in K-12 education, medical research, housing, civil rights, and other priorities…”  President Joe Biden’s full budget proposal, expected later this spring, is the first step in the appropriations process and shines a light on the administration’s priorities. Read more.

NCSL Contact: Erlinda Doherty

$693 million Made Available for National Housing Trust Fund

Communities will receive a total $693 million, more than double the previous year’s allocation, in the National Housing Trust Fund. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: : Jon Jukuri and Michael Quillen

Eviction Protection Information Released

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky signed a declaration halting residential evictions, determining that evicting tenants could negatively affect public health efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: : Haley Nicholson

GAO Report Highlights Programmatic Issues with VA’s Suicide Prevention Programs

The Government Accountability Office conducted a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration, specifically the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The report highlights the challenges for staff members who claim they have experienced burnout and turnover due to the new initiatives and large caseload. The VA concurred with recommendations made in the report and has identified actions to address. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Michael Quillen

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL's Washington staff advocate Congress, the White House and federal agencies on behalf of state legislatures in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policies positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Budgets and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Abbie Gruwell 202-624-3569 | Commerce and Financial Services
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure 
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Haley Nicholson | 202-624-8662 | Health and Human Services
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education