August 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) announced today that it has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs, a bipartisan organization focused on balancing the interests of federal, state, local and tribal governments. In a statement, NAST’s President and Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller said:
The National Association of State Treasurers would like to thank Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi, as well as Chairman Bishop, for inviting our organization to join the Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs. This bipartisan effort will help strengthen and streamline cooperation between local, state and federal authorities, while providing us with the unique opportunity to reach across jurisdictional lines to solve some of America’s greatest fiscal challenges.
Whether NAST is working to improve our country’s aging infrastructure, help families save for the rising cost of higher education, or enhance state pensions, bank operations and financial literacy programs, we know that real progress is made when elected officials collaborate to achieve a common goal. We look forward to working alongside Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi and this bipartisan coalition to address some of the most pressing issues facing our constituencies.
The Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory Council is comprised of the following member organizations:
· American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
· Council of State Governments (CSG)
· International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
· National Association of Counties (NACo)
· National Association of State Treasurers (NAST)
· National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT)
· National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
· National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
· National Governors Association (NGA)
· National League of Cities (NLC)
· State Policy Network (SPN)
· U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)
· Western Governors’ Association (WGA)
Bloomberg Government – State Treasurers Group Joining Tax Talks on Capitol Hill
(BNA) — The National Association of State Treasurers is taking a seat on a U.S. House advisory council with plans to press for the tax exemption for municipal bond interest and improvements to college savings plans.
“We are pleased to join a bipartisan group meant to increase cooperation among local, state, and federal governments,” Ken Miller, Oklahoma’s state treasurer and president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), told Bloomberg BNA. “We will discuss tax reform, and the municipal bond exemption is an important item for us.”
NAST announced today that it was appointed to the advisory council of the House’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs yesterday by Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The bipartisan council was established this summer to seek input from state and local governments on issues ranging from tax reform to infrastructure…
WASHINGTON — State treasurers will get a chance to weigh in as a U.S. House task force on intergovernmental affairs continues its work.
The National Association of State Treasurers will join an advisory council to the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs, the association’s president, Ken Miller, who is also Oklahoma’s treasurer, said Wednesday. “NAST really does welcome the opportunity,” Miller added. Other state and local government groups were previously appointed to the council.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of the task force earlier this year. The panel of House lawmakers met for the first time in June. Its members include seven Republicans and six Democrats.
Preserving the tax exempt status for municipal bonds is a key topic that the state treasurers plan to raise in their discussions with the task force, according to Miller. “That’s really the issue that NAST has been most interested in at that federal level,” he told Route Fifty by phone.
But Miller stressed there will be topics other than the municipal bond tax break on NAST’s radar as the group works with the panel of lawmakers…
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