tv Governors Terry Mc Auliffe and Brian Sandoval Deliver State of the States... CSPAN January 26, 2017 8:26am-9:26am EST
>> we are going to go ahead and get started, and a really want to thank the folks are coming. this is terrific. welcome to the 2017 state of the states. i'm scott pattison, executive director of the national governors association, and i've a couple of things to mention and then i will introduce our very distinguished panel which we were thrilled to hear from, from the states. the first thing is i want to introduce our new nga logo. we're really excited about it here on the podium. and other things i want to tell folks about because i think it's really critical to know is that right after the election, and as everybody knows we have been in a fairly multi-year. out some pretty significant partisanship, so the national governors association without an polled 1000 american voters and we used frank luntz, an actual frank is here for anyone who like to talk with him immediately after this event. but we found some really
significantly interesting things in this poll. the first was in an era of disrupted, a distrust of many politicians, americans trust their company more than any other elected official. on most issues, americans trust states and governors to get a solution more than other levels. voters were more optimistic about their states future than the country. nearly three out of four voters said that their state is doing a better job in delivering results than the federal government. so these are pretty significant, interesting findings. and certainly more dramatic than we expected. it's important, that's why we're thinking about 2017 as the year the governor. let me now introduce our distinguished panel to go to the state of the states today.
it's my honor to introduce the chair and vice chair of the national governors association. governor terry mcauliffe of virginia is our chair and he is made cybersecurity his signature initiative as chair of nga, to ensure that states are protected from the many threats that can occur and cause various damage. the governor has brought 14.5 billion in capital investment to the commonwealth of virginia, more than any other governor in the history of the state. he's brought bipartisan support for major education initiatives and a first in the nation performance-based workforce development system. it's also my honor to introduce our vice chair, governor brian sandoval, of nevada. having taken office when his state was in one of the worst economic conditions ever, he has
now made nevada and economic powerhouse, significant investments are major companies like tesla and amazon, to just name a few. under his leadership the state has placed significant investments in education, and measured like high school graduation rates has gone way up. and so finally i want to introduce the panel, the moderator of the panel. we are really, really pleased and excited to have kerry brown who is editor of the politico as our moderator. she has a really impressive background in journalism. she's done a stent in europe and also a white house correspondent. so it's with great pleasure for me to welcome to the podium our chair of nga, governor terry mcauliffe from virginia. [applause] >> thank you and thank you, tha, scott, for that kind introduction. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. and i like to welcome you to the
annual state of the states address. it is my great honor to serve as the 72nd governor of the the great commonwealth of virginia and as jim at the national governors association. as has been mentioned jointly today is governor brian sandoval of the great state of nevada who serves as our vice chair, and also he and i are very good personal friends. and i will say as relates to all the governors that we all get along very well. i want to thank you for your leadership of the national governors association. as you know, the national governors association is the voice of america's governors and their states on matters of national policy. today we are here to discuss the agenda that will work to advance that we have going on in washington today, and how it will affect our states and the federal government for many years to come. but even more important at this very unique time in our history we are here to articulate the role that governors expect to
play in our national discussion in the years to come. our new president and congress face very big challenges on the issues ranging from the economy to healthcare to infrastructure and criminal justice as they begin their work, we have a simple message for president trump and the leaders of the congress. governors, we are here, we are ready to work with you on an agenda that makes their life better for the people with whom we all serve. every day as you know governors are on the front lines turning policy interaction, here we balance budget, build roads and rail, attract new businesses to our respective states. while partisan grinds washington to a halt, we are democrats, republicans, and where independence who every single day work across party lines to get things done. in my own state of virginia we have consistently put partisanship aside over the past
three years to move our commonwealth forward on issues like education, workforce development and veterans services. i am particularly proud of the work that we've done on transportation, advancing plans to unlock high-traffic core doors like i 66 and i-95, and passing the first of our kind reform to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is spent easing congestion and growing our economy. you talk to governor sandoval or any of the colleagues we have around the country, you will hear very similar stories of the leaders working together to get things done. those examples stand in stark contrast to the ugly partisan gridlock that has paralyzed washington year after year. and so as president trump and leaders in congress begin their work, we do hope that they will follow the examples set by the governors by refusing to let partisan battles interfere with the important work that voters
hired him to do here in washington. and as equally as important for our federal elected officials, to fully consider the impact of the decisions that they make have on the states and the people with whom we serve. congress and president trump have many opportunities to make decisions that will significantly aid our efforts to improve the quality of life of the people that are in our state. sequestration is a great example of where we can start this conversation. in virginia between 2011-2013, it cost virginia $9.8 billion directly, and 154,000 jobs. we need to work together to put an end to sequestration and to prevent further cuts from harming our local economies. i will say governor sandoval and i had a very good meeting this morning with speaker ryan on
this topic, and i am encouraged. the president has indicated that he would like to invest as much as $1 trillion in our nation's infrastructure. every single governor in this nation as roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, and we want to work together because we need to replace them and we need to repair them. and along this way this will create tremendous job opportunities and economic opportunities for everyone. we can work together to defend our critical infrastructure and data against cyber attacks the cost of the united states of america $300 million a year. in virginia alone last year, we saw 70 million attacks. that is a cyber attack every four seconds. the marketplace fairness act is another opportunity for federal decision-makers to help states balance their budgets and to invest in key economic infrastructure, all the while while leveling the playing field for our brick-and-mortar retail spirit we've seen what's
happened with the sears and macy's as they are closing stores because it is very hard for them to compete with online retailers. and speaking on behalf of of the bipartisan governors representing the six chesapeake bay states, let me be very clear. we are unified in protecting this critical asset that helps our economies and all of those individuals who live near our bank for their own individual livelihoods. as chairman of the chesapeake bay council, i am advocating on behalf of the six governors and the mayor of the district of columbia that we continue to have commonsense policies to make sure that we are continuing to protect, save and restore our great chesapeake bay. these are the rest of these incentives and initiatives that governor sandoval will talk about in cover in a moment, our real opportunities to bring the pragmatic bipartisan leadership that we practice in our states
every single day to washington, and to get results for all of our citizens. that is certainly the approach that we help decision-makers will bring to their deliberations on the future of healthcare for our country. there has been no shortage of heated political rhetoric on this issue but i feel confident speaking with my colleagues when i say that repealing the affordable care act without offering an adequate replacement will have far-reaching consequences for our states and the people who live there. that is particularly true for those states that have expanded medicaid. in virginia, unfortunately, we have not expanded medicaid. what a repeal of the aca accompanied with the proposed block grant for the healthcare entitlement can cross the state of virginia and in the next budget over $300 million. and, of course, that does not include the enormous impact that would befall the nearly 400,000
virginians who stand to lose access and life-saving care of proper steps are not taken. governors are dealing with these issues each and every day. no matter which direction our congress heads, we will be the ones administering many other oe policies that result from that discussion and dealing with whatever fallout that may occur. so we are here in the spirit of friendship and common purpose to make sure that policymakers hear our voices before they make decisions that can affect us, and affect some individuals in our states. their decisions will have profound impacts on our states and the families who live there. before i turn it over to governor sandoval, i want to say congratulations and welcome. other half of the nations governors, to president trump and our new congress. the challenges that we face together are great. but so is our capacity here in america to meet them.
men and women of the national governors association are ready to work with you on areas of common ground. to model solutions to problems that we have yet to solve. and yes, we will stand up respectfully if washington pursues the wrong course. in the end i am confident that we will all work together to lead our states and our nation better than we found them. and now it is an honor am a pleasure to introduce my friend and colleague, governor brian sandoval of the great state of nevada. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. it's a great pledge to be here, and governor mcauliffe, i appreciate your remarks and particularly appreciate your leadership and i'm looking forward to this year with you in terms of leading the national governors association into a new time. it's my privilege to delve
deeper into some of the issues governor mcauliffe mentioned,, outlining our collective priorities as governors to the new president and congress. nga has been building a transition blueprint for president trump and congress, one that details issue by issue those most important to governors and states. we ask the federal government to partner with us to address those issues. president trump has outlined three priorities for his first 100 days in office. infrastructure, health care, and tax reform. to echo governor mcauliffe, governors stand ready to engage with the new administration to produce a positive outcome upon these and other issues for all americans and our respective residence of our states. it's a new era in washington. governors make the following recommendations for those three priorities. first, infrastructure. i know the governor talked a little bit about that but i'm
going to talk a little more. governors no world-class infrastructure is necessary for strong economy. every day we champion ways to fix, fund and finance infrastructure needs in our states. we also know states cannot fully realize this work alone. that is why we urge the new administration to support our commitment to bring existing infrastructure into a state of good repair by committing to provide long term and particularly stable funding for americans infrastructures needs. specifically, there is ongoing uncertainty under the funding stability of the highway trust fund. that instability caused states to think twice before pursuing large-scale multi-year projects needed to modernize the nations infrastructure. as we all know, infrastructure isn't just about roads. it's about water and energy. america's drinking water and wastewater must be protected and
treated properly. governors will work with our federal partners on successful implementation of the water resources development act. i also want work with congress and the relevant agencies to strengthen our nation's energy infrastructure, including expanding and improving the electric power grid and bringing broadband networks to underserved and often remote areas. second, health care reform, which you give the governor has talked about. healthcare often tops the list of issues the american public cares most about. as the managers of medicaid for the people of our states, governors have a crucial role tn healthcare. no one, no one is better equipped to understand and respond to the unique and complex needs of our citizens than governors. that is why we are particularly enthusiastic about any proposed federal reforms that provide states with greater flexibility to develop innovative solutions
that meet our residents needs. we also know that higher quality care shouldn't and doesn't have to come at a higher cost. therefore, must play an important role in the discussion surrounding federal health care policy to navigate the complex relationship between state and federal programs. and i went to save changes to could affect the people of our states. we ask the administration and all members of congress to let us be your trusted partner. this is going to be key in terms of collaboration and a resource. we are the governors, where the ones that are closer to the people of our state as you develop the policies that will guide americans healthcare. last, tax reform. federal tax reform, though complex and multi pronged, has a substantial impact states. to truly succeed tax reform needs to be an intergovernmental effort. it is important to preserve
public financing mechanisms specifically tax-exempt financing which play a central role for state and local governments to raise capital for a variety of public projects, including infrastructure. those projects help pave the way to grow jobs, strengthen the economy and maintain that united states position as a global competitor. the new administration must also maintain that permanent status of state and local income sales taxes. to do otherwise would preempt states authority over budget and tax systems. the governor talked about online sales. while i'm on the subject of tax reform, let me also bring up this opportunity to bring up this common sense tax issue with broad bipartisan support that has been on the congressional docket for decades. affirming states adult to collect sales tax and online purchases, the time has come to put this long-standing issue at
rest and passed legislation that allows states to collect revenue already owed but currently uncollectible. three other things i want to chat about beyond th the presids top three agenda items. governors have additional priorities as congress and the administration to keep in mind if they implement change. education, something that's very close to my heart. last year congress passed a new education law that restored states authority over k-12 education. since then states and look to the classroom and local school boards to develop education systems that place students not the federal government at the center. it is critical that states continue to build on that progress and strengthen our nation's education system. governors again must be consulted as the new law is implanted -- implemented. next, energy and the environment.
governors asked to be consulted at the earliest stages of energy and of my mental policy development toward state interest and obligations that intersect with the federal government. working cooperatively with our federal partners, states can continue to be successful in implementing environmental and energy policies that meet specific needs and goals, and the administration should look to the states to incorporate these methods international policy. third, public safety and the national guard. one of the most important roles of government is to ensure the public safety and security of the citizens and their property. in order to accomplish this central duty, states need flexibility and federal funding for state public safety efforts. the men and women of the armed forces, and god bless them all, active duty, reserve and national guard make sacrifices every day to protect our country and preserve our way of life.
the national guard is the only military force a government can call upon to respond to disasters and other emergencies. the guard remains a a cost-effective solution for sustaining military capabilities at home and abroad. therefore, it is important governors retain maximum flexibility. you've heard me use that word many times in this speech, to use national guard resources to conduct a full range of domestc support missions. governor mcauliffe mentioned cybersecurity, and i truly appreciate him at bringing this critical issue forward for all of us. the foundation of today's economy, national security and the daily operation of government, are increasingly dependent upon the security and reliability of communications technology and other digital infrastructure. in my own state, the great state of nevada in my state of the state of address i gave last week i announced the creation of nevada's first cyber defense
center. and imitation of the greatest form of flattery, and we really borrowed upon governor mcauliffe great work in the state of virginia. all states are moving quickly to stay ahead of the threats to our digital economy. in order to be successful in stopping threats, that federal governments must view states as primary sources of intelligence as well as priority recipients of intelligence from the federal government. states should be seen as full-fledged partners in gathering and analyzing and disseminating intelligence in the fight against cyber terrorism. finally, job creation. governor, i bury proud of what you accomplished for the great state of virginia. -- i'm very proud -- survey job duration is the backbone of every governors agenda. to remain a top competitive globally, the united states must continue to create and maintain
a sustainable pipeline of talent. governors brought workforce development and learning to the forefront of the federal agenda with proposals on apprenticeship and collaboration with congress to create the workforce innovation and opportunity act. now we ask the administration not to stall that important work by preserving governors federal workforce reserve at 15%, to ensure statewide workforce activities can serve all citizens. we also asked congress to incentivize and reward employers and job seekers who take advantage of work-based learning at apprenticeship opportunities. in closing, a strong partnership between states and the federal government will foster the sense of unity our nation is longing for. i think frank and of the governor talked about that. our nation is craving leadership and collaboration in working together in order to propel us
as the 50 states and our nation forward. this is our moment to come together to protect our union and promote the general welfare of the citizens of these united states. ladies and gentlemen, it truly is a privilege to serve as the pfister of the national governors association. i appreciate your attendance today. i know that you come from many different places, with regard to the needy and the administration, and your respective interests. i know that i speak for the governor when i tell all of you that we truly do mean it when we talk about collaboration and flexibility and working together. together. i do believe that the national governors association will be the go to entity and all of us as the governors of this amazing country look forward to doing that and making this continue to be the greatest nation on earth. thank you, ladies and gentlemen,. [applause] >> i think that's my cue to take
over. thank you governors for the remarks. what we're going to do now is we have about 20 minutes for us to have a discussion and then we'll open it up to some reporters who are here as well. i wasn't going to start off on this note bu but i think governr sandoval, your remarks just, i think a lot of people are wondering about the unity question and president trump. if you could get into a room with president trump, and i would be curious to know if either of you have two are when you expect you, there's been a lot of discussion about the transition and the position he is state that during the transition and whether he is doing enough to unify the country. what recommendations would you give to him as a governors, you know, you state your reputation on working with both parties. how can president trump, should he be doing more?
>> first, i have not had the opportunity to visit with the president and i look forward to that opportunity, but, i mean, we all know he chose a government as a vice presidents i think that's a good template. it's very early on. i have complete confidence that present will reach out to the governors, and i think a good place to start is with the national governors association. we had a meeting next month. i'm confident we will have an opportunity to meet with him at that time. one of the things i would like to convey to them is, as governors we are the individuals that are closest to the people of our specific states. obviously no two states are the same and we all have obligations and citizenry and what have you, but i want to talk to about economic development and health care and education. i'm absolutely optimistic about the opportunity to work with him and his administration. i want him to succeed because as he is successful, the nation
will be successful. >> governor mcauliffe? >> i agree. first of all we want president trump to be successful because it's critical for our nation. you've got to work with us at the state level. i am concerned when they talk about block granting our medicaid expenses. that could be catastrophic for the commonwealth of virginia. i would lose $300 million right off the bat. if you block grant, what's that never going to be? we are a non-expansion state so we want to be in the room for the discussion. so that we can offer quality care. i guess i would say let's stay focused on the big brought issues, economic development, what we are going to do on the critical infrastructure, trillion dollars of infrastructure spending. i really don't care about the size of the inaugural. i really don't. i am a little concerned about this issue about three to 5 million voters, illegal voters. that's just not true. it's made up. what i am concerned about is
what's not use this to try to deny people their ability to vote. let's not make it harder for people to vote. i have tried to lead in virginia. having better access. you are the president, you walk in the oval office every single day. you are now the president. but all the stuff behind you. we have big challenge is going for. let's stay focused on the big issues and let's not play small ball on this issues about crowd sizes and all that. we have big issues we need to do with. >> i was going to ask this at the end since it is a topic of discussion today. have you seen any evidence that there are three to 5 million illegal votes? do you agree with that claim? >> i can only speak for the state and nevada and i'm not aware of anybody who voted illegally in our great state. in fact, i'm really proud of the way our state handled its election. but to me, it's over and let's move on and let's get to the job of governing this country.
we talk about his three priorities. i'm looking for to getting into the specifics of those and engaging with the administration. i don't feel like it's an adversarial relationship right now. i'll be the first one to stand in line and say, look, let's work together. we need to move on. that's just the bottom line spirit so the idea of doing an investigation into the doj is not something you think is worthy of the governments time at this point? >> i don't spirit something that may be worthy of the governments time in your view is the aca, the debate going on. you were just with speaker ryan. as you said, from your conversations with folks on the hill you have a friendship in the senate to do a repeal of obamacare at this point? >> listen, i would be the first to chilled there are lots of improvements that need to be made. repealed without an adequate
replacement jointly together, i mean, 400,000 virginians will now risk losing healthcare. the big issue and we met with leader pelosi yesterday, we met with speaker ryan today, nobody is quite sure. it was clear from speaker ryan today that they want a block grant. it seem clear. he said you at the state can do a better job of administering. the issue for us at the state level is what is that threshold number? what do you do about the non-expansion state? that's a big issue for all of us. we are a very efficient state and where 50/50 match, the minimum in virginia. i worry that we get about 4.6 4.6 billion from the federal government today, what will happen to us in virginia? our threshold if you're a single women with the two children, you will be able, if you make less than $35,000 a year, but what if the stock market goes down or weak head into a recession? we at the state level will be responsible for all the increased cost.
if you have been and efficiency you will be disadvantaged. the speaker was open today. we understand that's the issue. what is that threshold number will have to deal with? nobody clearly today, no one has a clear picture of what replacement means. >> governor sandoval, the idea of block grants. >> let me first responders asked about both. i think it's premature to be counting votes. i'm not going to speculate about what's going to come. i've heard a lot of general language that come up but nothing specific to as a midget in my remarks, i just gave my state of the state. i am an expansion state. i chose to expand medicaid and we have a statement insurance exchange. it's working well for us. as the governor talked about there are a lot of flights at stake with regards to decisions that are made here, but i'm going to harken back to the fact i hope decisions are not made in a vacuum and that that is a reach out to the governors.
because i conduct specific about what we're doing in our state and what's working well. everything can be improved. the rhetoric i've heard is nobody's going to lose their coverage and that prices are not going to increase. i say great, that's wonderful. but until we get into the specifics i'm not going to have an adversarial relationship. once those specifics are given, then we'll have a conversation. i will complement the house leadership. they asked for letters of each of the governors to respond, which i did, and gave some recommendations but also talked about some of the consequences, depending on what the decisions are made. but i think there's a great opportunity, and i took that letter as an effort of collaboration versus anything adversary. >> governor mcauliffe said he does not favor the idea of doing block grants. is that something are you concerned about? >> lock grant without knowing what the numbers are going to be.
i will say this. i think every government is very concerned. if you think block grant is going to help your state and get you more money, i just don't think at the end of that would be the result at the end of the day. we are very concerned. we have to be very concerned. the devil is in the details. speaker ryan was open. we had a good conversation. i do think everybody understands nobody wants to throw in a butt off the healthcare plan. they don't but this is expensive. it's complex and is going to take time and our point is we just want to be able to work with you to figure that out. we want to keep all of our citizens, give them great care, make it more efficient and we would love to make it cheaper. >> similar answer. depends. i talked about in my remarks, i'm not going to contradict myself. i said we want more flexibility, and we will have more flexibility with the block granting, but yet it depends on what the formulas are for the
block granting. so if i get a fixed amount of money, my economy takes a dive and my state, so to more people become eligible for medicaid. i don't have the delta to cover them, so i want to make sure that there's something within that that takes into account for a fluctuation in the economy. >> to move on to infrastructure. ..
are doing the list of projects that are out there, making sure they can start moving quickly and not over many years because the impact installed when that happens. >> i think a lot of the stimulus money as you know, everybody was in financial straits and did they have made that decision but allow the governors used the money to balance budget. we spoke to the speaker today. a $2 trillion infrastructure. melanie to repair roads and bridges and a lot of opportunities to do it.
relate the nation nation in public-private partnerships. i just announced in inside 66 project outside of the beltway on 66. when i came into office this would cost taxpayers $1 billion. we renegotiated the deal appeared the deal. $2.1 billion all came in from outside for the private are. three freelance, to express lanes in the middle. that is what we talk about what we want to do going forward. i just announced the atlantic gateway project in virginia. 18 miles new roads, 14-mile rail track. i purchased the@from richmond to raleigh for higher speed rail. palestine 165 million the fasting grants for the federal government, but i use private-sector money to turbocharge that into
$1.4 million. these projects work at the federal government and that entices batistuta the private year. i'm not domestic. we have it capacity which allows us to bring the private sector. >> just a few common and i agree with governor mcauliffe in terms of budgets and the stimulus preceded by my term as governor. when i came in as governor happened to find a way to fix the hole that was their when i came on, which was pretty devastating and hard to do. i don't think we should be doing projects for the sake of doing projects and repaving road that don't need paving, things of that nature. nevada is a little different. we have no toll roads and we don't want any toll roads than we are not going to have any toll rose that were at least as long as i'm here for the next two years. so we have a little bit different formula.
i'm really proud of our roads and bridges in pretty good shape. in terms of specifically responding to your question, one of our big priorities in our state what should be a national priority is building an estate 11, phoenix and las vegas are the two largest metropolitan areas not connect to the interstate. we've begun construction of a small portion of that amount would like to see an estate 11 go to phoenix to nevada and continue north. we have a couple industrial centers would like to be able to build some infrastructure to water is always an issue in the last pair provide adequate water so that the great companies that they nevada, tesla and northern nevada and southern nevada and would like to see those industrial parks continue to grow. part of that would be having infrastructure for the rail and water to do that. those are two projects that would have immediate benefit for
the state and for the country. bold to reporters in just a minute. just with hoping for you to respond some the executive orders i know you're not a workers state. what is your position along the southern border. >> first and foremost, we will see the executive order in my list of things to get and that wouldn't be one of them. we have a good immigration policy and we should continue to move in the congress and the president should take on. i've always believed in case versus panthers and having a good immigration policy.
i just think they're other things things we need to focus our time and energy on. >> your survey shows that as well. even lower. >> i would open up for questions. they start right here and then over there. you mentioned the government to get involved in state and local taxes. so many mention i'm essential tax policy, getting rid of taxes hurt your bottom line? what difference would it really make? >> you asked me about that because just all of you come to nevada. we have no state income tax. so there is nothing to write
off. that is more of an issue i would probably just give to the governor here. but i do know in terms of the other states, that's very important to their economies. >> yeah, it is a huge driver of states economy that drives on it. it's an incentive to bring business then. it's an incentive for families to move. i think it very highly unlikely that they would do anything about that in the upcoming tax reform. highly unlikely between mayors and governors involved. i don't see that happening. they talk also about deductibility of municipal bond interest. it would cripple the market a few in the deductibility. other opportunities to look at tax reform will turbocharge the economy. many cities in many states and a fragile position. if you take away the state and local level, you are really crippling some new principalities and i don't think
where we are today. we've now had seven years of sustained growth. it's a long time. we have to be very concerned about what's going to happen next with our economy. i am concerned about our trade policy as estate i sure did or did $25 billion of trade. this tpp countries, 65% of the line of trade% of those countries. i'm for competition, but we are a big trading state and 95% of the world's customers by the end of the united states of america. >> will quick follow-up on state and local deduction. is it a greater benefit to space-bar high income taxpayers? >> what is that? >> states with high income taxpayers are >> yes. >> why does that matter to you? >> is part of individual tax
money and where they make the decisions to lead and where they want to put businesses in. it's part of your economic bucket to recruit businesses and families to wednesday. part of your economic arsenal. >> i wanted to ask your thoughts on how president trump plan to punish sanctuary cities. did that affect your state? >> i don't know the specifics of that plan. certainly i don't want to see anybody get punished. some of the past been supportive of daca spirit ifas and policies that are beneficial to the great spirit are university has been an issue of their sos university sanctuary site. it is just one of those things. i don't want to anticipate anything until i see the
specifics. >> we just don't know what is going to propose. at the end of the day for every governor you want to welcome an open date, treat people with dignity and respect. i also have pushed legislation to do with individuals, dreamers and others to make sure everybody has an opportunity for the american dream. i want to know what our immigration policy is to be a $20 billion while it's not an immigration policy. in fairness, we're in the first couple days. we have the rhetoric that has come out. mexico is not paid for a while. congress set eight, others 12, 13. reports that it could be 20. they announced a federal freeze on federal workers. this is disconcerting and i could tell you republican and democratic have come out to
condemn. we having a gene workforce. we incentivize young millennialist come for the federal government. they'd doubled our states. it's an aging workforce. entice people to make a decision to do your state and federal government. freezing the work for us, the federal workforce and get the rights of the president should take the first week in office. we have to incentivize people who want them to work for the federal workforce, the long-term effects if it could be very hurt when the united states of america and freezing and taken incentives away from federal workers i don't take as a good policy. >> we have a very large amount of english learners in our state, so as part of my budget i made massive investments and we
created what are called victory schools, which is and we allow to be a document, a legible for millennium scholarships which allows them to graduate from nevada high school to attend a nevada university. i signed a bill that allowed for the individual to obtain a teaching license in the state of nevada. we are very receptive in a state that has had to respond to a large amount of endocrine and i think we've done real well. >> you make your voice heard on the international trade in the imports in the u.s.
>> once again, the devil is in the details. we will see what he proposes. he can't have a trade war. we cannot be protectionist in this country. i'm a big trading stayed. i am very proud that i've done 22 trade missions. i've been all over the globe. our numbers are a canonically. we just moved the largest tech supporters. 320,000 jobs in the commonwealth of virginia are directly related to trade. i'm just very concerned about how we are going to treat our trading partners, how we talk to her trading partners. i support a tpp. i felt and i worked very closely with president obama edited the environmental protections. the worker protections in it. it was really bad forward on the digital economy and give us access to markets.
let's be clear. china has already done deals with half of the 11 countries. the other half are lining up to do deals. we can't sell our products to just americans. we have to sell in a global marketplace. the greatest chicken salad since frank purdue. i've been to china, all over selling chicken and chicken parts. i've been to china, even chickenpox in front of millions of chinese on tv. he got to do what you got to do. >> have you? >> i have. you would've thought is enough to lead mignon. that's how you sell, what you've got to do. it is the global economy today. stopping companies and putting tariffs on all i would say we need to go very slowly, very carefully. there are ramifications as it
relates to trade and i know it's a state there is a lot of trading activity around the globe. i'm constantly working to export and bring to market and i just got back from australia, korea and china. i'm very concerned about it. we just need to have this very carefully. >> i will respond briefly. i've been on several trade missions as well but i've been eating chicken legs. in any event, i suppose i'm more of a pragmatist. it is what it is. the president has signed his executive order. he's going to do with two countries. begin with great britain. the prime minister is director richard are the republicans for the president will be. see how it goes. as i said, we can think how good
or bad it's going to be. he's the president and he's made his decision. he signed his executive order and we will respond accordingly. you also asked hopefully we'll have a voice in all of this is part of these trade missions. i'm out there selling nevada and represent a manufacturers and mining industry and others and i don't want that to be inhibited in any way. i don't want to cause my state was the defense of my state to lose any jobs and if there's an impact, i want to have an opportunity to convey that to the administration and let them know what the consequences of the decisions are. until we know what decisions are going to be, i'm not going to speculate whether it will be good or bad. >> i am david of transport.
the first topic governor sandoval -- the administration cannot yesterday or today said no new grants or contracts coming from d.o.t. until they decide otherwise. i wonder what your reaction is to that and number two with governor sandoval, petrie going to be the way we are going because that's the president trumpets out and about. >> it may or may not be. again, this whole interesting always questions than we are one week into the administration. i'll be reading that executive order of whatever official action you described very carefully. but he also signed an executive order yesterday i believe that allowed for expediting the environmental pieces of projects. i saw that is very good news in terms of federal review of projects to get done going. in my state there is a delay a project 46 years with regard to
the environmental aspects that have to be conducted before the project can go forward. juxtaposing those to come and they seem to conflict with one another. until i read them myself. i took the executive order. >> the way they are looking going forward is inserted petrie type model. no question about it. at the specific conversation with speaker brian about but we had done in virginia. there may also be very clear. piii or not this a virtual deals. when i became governor, i inherited two of the worst deals i've ever seen done. we had a row for 16th at $300 million of taxpayer money had been spent on a road that not a shovel had done in the ground and it was going to go over 400 acres of black pants. in order to go over 400 acres, which has never been permanent after, that maybe virginia with you the first.
in order to get that come you still apply for a permit. the permit had ever been applied for. we spent $300 million. i told the company's very clearly, i don't blame you. if you negotiate the commonwealth of virginia, you did what you did. i did some renegotiating before it got there. i did say we are going to do some renegotiating and a very nice subtle way. i made it very clear if you do not renegotiate you will never do business with the commonwealth of virginia again and i got 140 million baht. p. threes you have to be careful the way we do with them and virginia today about these new roads built. remember, these are choices. so you have free road and i'm building your new free roads. you have an option if you want an express line. this is a choice. and being able to use private money to build everyone can
still travel for free in the commonwealth. but if you want to get an express lane, you make that choice is paid for by the private sector. i think it is clear this is the way of give us a partnership deal, we will use your money and turbocharged with private sector money and create not only does come at the rail capacity. we have to do a lot more. i'd have to tell anyone in northern virginia to go to the capital. we are doing the best we can. so many opportunities we have got to do a lot better job in this nation on rail and capacity. >> fastback the governments give states money in a long time but they still didn't write federal gas taxes at all the states. do you think there's any chance to ever see that change because the $1 trillion has to come from somewhere.
>> yeah, and other such hesitancy hesitancy on the gas tax and everybody, and i'll be very honest with you. virginia got 20% of the allotment of all 50 states. i'm very proud of the atlantic a way. rail and create and road construction and bridge construction. we couldn't have done it without the money. people got mad and said why did virginia get so mad. with the best project. if you have the projects you can get a good partnership. at the end of the day we want to serve underserved communities and have an economic driving impact. i never wanted to argue on the gas tax. we can take the money and turbocharged with the private sector and did a much bigger bang for the buck. 8.5 million people in northern virginia everydayness exponentially growing.
>> the other other thing i'd really miss my remark on the highway trust fund and having certainty for that because right now we are in nevada and the mid-of our history could never been to las vegas there is a spaghetti bowl there for interstate team -- >> how many admit they've been to vegas? >> in any event, it's hard for us to plan long-term on the types of projects because this is a fortify their projects. i must have a certainty i can't commit not telling two years out whether or not we will have the money. >> we will have time for one more question. [inaudible] >> a lot of people have been hopeful about the proposed infrastructure spending the new
administration has been talking about and a lot of people are hoping their projects are going to fit into this definition of infrastructure and have said they hope that a dating the other digital projects will be included within minutes. how flexible the definition of infrastructure is and how creative will people be able to cap with getting funding for projects under this infrastructure? >> i think it's a broad definition of infrastructure. every governor may look at it differently. that means we have exponentially grow from northern virginia. with the largest naval base in the world in hampton roads, opening up our aircraft carriers and nuclear subs that we have a norfolk station is important. i want to say also dredging what we need done is a natural
security interests important for virginia. i would do a broad definition of what infrastructure is if it increases capacity for state to grow exponentially, to help economically in the best interest of the united states of america. i would have a broad definition of what you view infrastructure adds. >> i agree with the governor. obviously different than virginia in terms of 86% federal land. we have some very wide-open spaces and i'd love to see some broad and inactivity for world residence in my state. that would be an incredibly important infrastructure project i would like to see happen that they are detected at an allotment. already talked about industrial parks would like to see the opportunity to bring in infrastructure to make them shovel ready so when we bring in more companies to come to our state, they will be ready to develop right away and infrastructure that is well
beyond capacity but i would love to see funded to improve the commute and the experience people come there. >> i've got a space for it. increase a shuttle is important. every state you need i think we can come up with a lot of good infrastructure projects. >> thank you so much to both of you, to the nga. i think that is my cue that my job is done right now. thank you for coming. thank you for your candid remarks. it is always fun to your governors talk about the federal government. thank you. [applause] [inaudible conversations]