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Roberts appointed to deficit reduction taskforce

State Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, was appointed to the Executive Committee Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction created by the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL).

“The ballooning federal deficit is one of the greatest problems we face as a state and nation,” said Roberts. “I am honored to be appointed to this important, bipartisan task force.”

The Task Force was established in August of 2010 as an initiative of NCSL president Sen. Richard Moore. The Task Force focuses on ensuring federal policymakers are aware of the impact various federal deficit reduction proposals may have on state and local governments.

“We must reduce the federal deficit. There is no question about that. However, it must be done in a way that does not shift the financial burden on state and local governments. I will work diligently to ensure this voice is heard on the Task Force,” concluded Roberts.

The mission statement of the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction is:

• To ensure that federal policymakers are aware of and understand the potential implications of various federal deficit reduction policy alternatives and strategies on states and to ensure that federal policymakers discuss and collaborate with state legislators in the discovery, development, resolution and implementation of these alternatives and strategies.

• To develop a database that describes various federal deficit reduction alternatives and strategies and explains their potential impact on state budgets, state fiscal conditions, state revenues and state authority.

• To review NCSL policies that address federal appropriations, budget, tax, tax-exempt financing and related fiscal issues to assist with the development of any possible new or modified policies the task force may decide to recommend to the Executive Committee.

• To ensure an active and robust NCSL presence in the nation’s capital on any federal legislative, administrative or regulatory effort that addresses federal deficit reduction so that state and intergovernmental implications will be considered and discussed.

• To ensure that federal deficit reduction does not result in the export of the deficit to state governments nor result in the undermining or preemption of state authority.

• To collaborate with and provide input to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and give feedback after the release of the Commission’s recommendations.

• To provide NCSL’s Executive Committee a report with recommendations and analysis at the 2011 Legislative Summit.

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