Representative Rosie Berger, co-chair of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee, is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators. The group meets about three times a year, with their spring meeting held in Washington D.C., the most recent one held April 13th through 16th.
The night before she left for the conference, she received an invitation to be one of twelve legislators to meet one-on-one with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Berger says that Congress took out of the Federal Budget resolution the mandatory language on the rules and regulations for wildlands, which dealt with designations for multiple use. Had that language stayed in, she says, it would have been detrimental to Wyoming's economy. She told President Obama during their meeting Friday afternoon.
Berger added that is the reason Wyoming has been able to balance our budget and that we have a rainy-day fund of over a billion dollars, while states like Ohio have a rainy day balance of $.89. Berger comments on the president's response.
With the NCSL, Berger serves as the Chair of the Deficit Commission Task Force, working on the Budget for states and for the organization. Even on that executive committee, she didn't know until the last minute about the opportunity to meet with the President.
Berger adds that it will take the nation's governors and state legislators to be the conduit between Congress and the president to solve the problem of the enormous deficit in which we find ourselves.