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March 3, 2011

States Call on Congress to Complete FY 2011 Appropriations

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is urging Congress to complete final action on FY 2011 appropriations as quickly as possible. In a letter to congressional leaders, NCSL’s leadership emphasized that states need to know what federal funds they can expect for the current fiscal year, as states continue to address fiscal and budget challenges.

NCSL anticipates that future reductions to state-federal programs are inevitable. These reductions, however, must be accompanied by relief from unfunded legislative or regulatory mandates and from maintenance of effort requirements. States also must be given greater program flexibility that will allow for more efficient and effective administration of these programs.

The full NCSL letter 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.