Feb. 14, 2012
NCSL Response to President's Budget
On Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2013 federal budget. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories, is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. NCSL has strongly urged President Obama to include a comprehensive, aggressive and bold plan to address America’s long-term fiscal gap.
On behalf of state legislatures, NCSL urged that the president and Congress work together to reduce the federal deficit. The following is a statement from NCSL's Executive Director, William Pound in regards to the president's budget.
“The jury is still out on how the president’s budget will affect states, but we’ll know more in the coming days. At first glance, the president has offered an alternative to sequestration, which does not rely primarily on discretionary spending. As we have said all along, we encourage the president and Congress to work together to reduce the federal deficit. Everything must be on the table, and everyone must be willing to compromise. Our hope is that the president’s budget is a move in this direction.”
NCSL and state legislatures understand that funding targeted for state and local governments has been and will continue to be reduced. But our message to Washington remains the same—states will struggle if a disproportionate and/or excessive burden is transferred to us.
A list of states priorities, including not imposing new unfunded federal mandates, providing relief from maintenance of effort requirements, and funding for several invaluable infrastructure programs is available on our website.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.