National Governors Association Wraps Up 2014 Meeting

Jul 14, 2014


The annual three-day meeting of the National Governors Association ended yesterday.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.

The weekend’s discussions avoided any mention of Common Core education standards. In 2009, the NGA helped develop those English and math education standards, which were then adopted by 44 states.

This year, lawmakers in 27 states proposed delaying or revoking Common Core. Tennessee’s Legislature approved postponing any testing tied to Common Core for a year.