Posted: Nov. 15, 2002
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner
departed Thursday for Austin, Texas, to participate in a meeting of
the National Governors Association and to help orient newly-elected
governors. The costs of the trip were paid for by NGA or by Gov.
Minner personally and she took no staff besides security.
Gov. Minner said it is
critical for governors to discuss and present a united front to
Congress and the President in the wake of last week’s elections.
“States are suffering
financially – most worse than Delaware – and we need the federal
government to either provide help or at least not do any more harm,”
Gov. Minner said.
“While our budget situation
makes it a tough time for me to travel out of state, the other
governors and I need to work together to make sure that decisions in
Washington don’t make things harder. That’s why I have decided to
go, but I am always budget conscious and there will be no taxpayer
money spent on this trip.”
Minner noted that the last
federal tax cut cost Delawareans tens of millions of dollars in
“At a time when we are
already slashing our budgets, another tax cut would be devastating,”
she said. “We are also concerned about costs to the states for
health care and natural resource initiatives. The other governors
and I need to make sure that message is heard in Washington.”
While in Texas, Gov. Minner
will participate in a meeting of the NGA Executive Committee, the
organization’s leadership group that she joins in January.
Gov. Minner will, along with
outgoing Michigan Gov. John Engler, lead a seminar for new governors
on making the transition into office. NGA assigns each new governor
an experienced governor as a mentor. Gov. Minner will be a mentor to
Gov.-Elect Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. She returns Monday.
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