Human Rights, Trade, Infrastructure, Education top Governors’ “State of the States” Agenda

Governors Gary Herbert (R-Utah) and Terry McAuliffe (D-Virginia) highlighted state innovations and governors’ policy priorities at a National Governors Association “State of the States” event in Washington, DC, Thursday.

Herbert, current chair of NGA, highlighted his state’s recent historic enactment of legislation strengthening the rights of members of the state’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) and religious minority communities. McAuliffe, the organization’s vice chair, commended recent Federal action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, providing new fast track trade authority; the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) and related infrastructure improvement investments that will invest billions of Federal dollars in state and local transportation improvements; and passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which opens the next chapter of Federal-state partnership on K-12 education policy, performance, and accountability.

Up next on the agenda? McAuliffe’s call for Congress to maintain momentum by updating and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and vital Career and Technical Education programs, certain to be on the docket at NGA’s February Winter Meeting.

See C-SPAN coverage of the “State of the States” event here: http://tinyurl.com/z9cot54 .

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