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August 4, 1992 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The governors of five Atlantic states yesterday announced formation of a bipartisan, joint effort to coordinate cleanup and long-range protection of the seashore. The initial members are New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Maine and Connecticut, according to an announcement at the 84th annual meeting of the National Governors Association by Govs. Florio of New Jersey, Castle of Delaware and William D. Schaefer of Maryland. New York and Massachusetts in the Northeast, as well as Florida, Virginia and the Carolinas in the South, were reviewing the agreement but had not decided whether to sign it. "Together we can get the most out of state and federal dollars . . . in protecting some of the greatest beaches in the world," said Schaefer, who has been designated the National Governors Association leader on ocean and Great Lakes protection issues.
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July 16, 2012
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has taken over as chairman of the National Governors Association at the organization's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va. Markell, a Democrat, was named chairman Sunday morning at the close of the NGA's annual meeting. He succeeds Republican Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was selected as vice chairwoman. Markell's initiative for his yearlong term as chairman will be to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities.
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August 1, 1989 | By Owen Ullmann, Inquirer Washington Bureau
President Bush announced yesterday that he would convene a rare summit of the nation's governors in September to explore ways to reverse "the decline of our educational system. " Bush's proposed summit on education would mark only the third time that a president has sat down with state governors to address a single issue. "Together, we can find ways to strengthen our schools, to enlarge opportunities and to improve our nation's educational performance," the President said in a speech to the annual conference of the National Governors' Association.
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February 4, 1991 | By Paul Anderson, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The White House today will lay out $22 billion in federal programs it wants to transfer to the states, including grants for education, drug abuse, economic development, job training and some water and sewer construction. The plan, to be included in President Bush's fiscal 1992 budget, will allow state officials "all the flexibility they'll need" to run the programs more efficiently, White House chief of staff John H. Sununu said yesterday after a private meeting with the nation's governors on the opening day of the annual midwinter conference of the National Governors' Association.
NEWS
July 31, 1987
When future historians decide who took the lead in preparing America for the 21st century, they may well focus on the nation's governors. The chief executives of the 50 states increasingly are where the action is, while President Reagan and Congress, deadlocked, play to the cameras. Proof of that was abundant in the National Governors' Association's annual summer conference held the past several days in Traverse City, Mich. It is a measure of the well-justified cynicism of the times that many would assume such a gathering must be simply a glorified junket.
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December 2, 2008 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drivers should expect traffic in and around Old City to be tied in knots today as President-elect Barack Obama meets with 40 governors and other lawmakers at Independence Hall. "The area from Fifth to Sixth Streets between Market and Walnut Streets will be completely shut down," police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said. Obama and the governors began arriving yesterday to discuss the global financial meltdown and its impact on the states. Gov. Rendell, chairman of the nonpartisan National Governors Association, is hosting the event.
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February 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - One is a Republican well into his second term, has a foot on the national stage, and is eyeing bigger things - namely, the White House. The other is a Democrat who just marked his first month in office and is still establishing himself in Harrisburg. At opposite ends of their tenures, both Gov. Christie and Gov. Wolf were in Washington this weekend as the National Governors Association and the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations held winter meetings.
NEWS
February 25, 2002 | By Tony Pugh INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge promised the nation's governors yesterday that they would have ample input into a national terrorism-alert system scheduled to be announced in several weeks. Speaking at the National Governors' Association winter meeting, Ridge said the goal of the system was to provide a unified warning apparatus that was universally understood. The system is being developed in conjunction with police and security officials, said Ridge, who offered few specifics.
NEWS
August 28, 1991
Last month, we got a letter from the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging. That's the trade group, if you can call it that, for some 200 nursing homes run by religious organizations. They'd seen State Welfare Secretary John White's published remarks touting the salvation of the state's overburdened Medicaid program through a financing ploy called "pooling. " Briefly, pooling is a way to pad a state's Medicaid contribution by asking for "donations" from hospitals and nursing homes.
NEWS
August 21, 1991
There's always something pushing reform of the American health-care system to the bottom of the agenda. This week, out of the blue, it was a Soviet coup. That's not exactly how the National Governors' Association had planned it. In an August that was shaping up dull and slow, they'd counted on this week's Seattle conference to rekindle interest in a matter that the states want dealt with in the worst way: Health costs are eating state budgets up as they rise 25 percent annually. The governors didn't get their wish, obviously.
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February 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - One is a Republican well into his second term, has a foot on the national stage, and is eyeing bigger things - namely, the White House. The other is a Democrat who just marked his first month in office and is still establishing himself in Harrisburg. At opposite ends of their tenures, both Gov. Christie and Gov. Wolf were in Washington this weekend as the National Governors Association and the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations held winter meetings.
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February 26, 2013 | By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Governors from both parties are warning of the damaging economic impact if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deal to stave off across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect Friday. "It's senseless, and it doesn't need to happen," Gov. Martin O'Malley (D., Md.) said during the annual meeting this weekend of the National Governors Association. "And it's a damn shame, because we've actually had the fastest rate of jobs recovery of any state in our region.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has taken over as chairman of the National Governors Association at the organization's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va. Markell, a Democrat, was named chairman Sunday morning at the close of the NGA's annual meeting. He succeeds Republican Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was selected as vice chairwoman. Markell's initiative for his yearlong term as chairman will be to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities.
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July 16, 2012 | By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Millions of uninsured people may have to wait until after Election Day to find out if and how they can get coverage through President Obama's health-care law. More than two weeks after the Supreme Court gave the green light to Obama's signature legislative achievement, many governors from both parties said they have not decided how their states will proceed on two parts under their control: an expansion of Medicaid, expected to...
NEWS
March 4, 2012
'We're not going to agree on every single issue," President Obama told the nation's governors at a black-tie dinner last Sunday night, but, "I'm confident that we're going to be able to find more and more common ground going forward. " Members of the National Governors Association returned to the White House Monday morning for a working session with Obama. "The thing that connects all of us," the president reminded them, "is that we know what it means to govern . . . and hopefully to forge some common ground.
NEWS
December 3, 2008
Yesterday's meeting between President-elect Barack Obama and America's cash-strapped governors at Congress Hall was a promising start toward easing the states' fiscal woes. Obama didn't commit to a bailout figure, but it was clear after listening to the governors that he intends to send them significant federal aid upon taking office on Jan. 20. Congressional leaders have pledged to have another economic stimulus package of $700 billion ready for the new president's signature. Gov. Rendell, head of the National Governors Association, said federal aid would be targeted at three areas: direct help for citizens via unemployment benefits and food stamps, infrastructure projects such as bridge repairs, and "safety-net" programs such as Medicaid.
NEWS
December 3, 2008 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Jonathan Tamari INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When President-elect Barack Obama strode into Congress Hall yesterday beneath a bust of Benjamin Franklin, 48 governors rose and applauded - underscoring the unusual degree to which Obama has assumed the trappings of national leadership amid the economic crisis. Speaking at the start of the kind of session usually convened by sitting presidents, Obama told the governors he wanted them to help "draft and shape" a multibillion-dollar stimulus plan that also would aid states struggling with deficits as demands rise on social safety-net programs.
NEWS
December 2, 2008 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drivers should expect traffic in and around Old City to be tied in knots today as President-elect Barack Obama meets with 40 governors and other lawmakers at Independence Hall. "The area from Fifth to Sixth Streets between Market and Walnut Streets will be completely shut down," police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said. Obama and the governors began arriving yesterday to discuss the global financial meltdown and its impact on the states. Gov. Rendell, chairman of the nonpartisan National Governors Association, is hosting the event.
NEWS
December 2, 2008 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A majority of the nation's governors will meet with President-elect Barack Obama this morning in Philadelphia to press him for a healthy share of the multibillion-dollar economic stimulus legislation his advisers and Democratic congressional leaders are drafting. With their budgets bleeding red ink, the governors say they will argue that states are not just victims of the recession but also effective engines of economic recovery, capable of quickly delivering increased federal spending on infrastructure projects and social programs.
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November 26, 2008 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The nation's governors will get a chance to lobby President-elect Barack Obama for help next Tuesday, when he meets with them in Philadelphia to discuss the ravages of the economic crisis on state budgets. Nick Shapiro, a spokesman for the presidential transition office, said Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will address "the unique challenges facing our states" during a conference at Independence Hall. The meeting will be hosted by Gov. Rendell, chairman of the National Governors Association, and Gov. Jim Douglas (R., Vt.)
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