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April 9, 2015 – National Governors Association

NGA Releases 2015 Summary of Governors’ Annual State of the State Addresses

WASHINGTON—In their annual State of the State addresses, governors emphasized the importance of workforce and transportation investment, along with support for education funding and continued economic growth, according to a paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). Governors also focused on increasing transparency and efficiency of state government functions, addressing prescription drug abuse and reforming criminal justice systems.

The Governors Speak, 2015 summarizes the common themes of governors’ addresses and highlights their priorities for the coming year.

Most governors used the address to set budgetary priorities for the year, pointing to balanced budgets and financial improvements. Related to those improvements, many spoke of making government run more efficiently, cutting red tape and increasing transparency. That concept is echoed in NGA Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s initiative, Delivering Results.

“Governors across the country are committed to ensuring government works in the best way possible to give the people in our states the best bang for their buck,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, NGA vice chair and chair of the NGA Center for Best Practices board.

The following analysis summarizes the major topics addressed in the 2014 State of the State addresses, given by governors in 49 states and territories:

For more information, please visit The Governors Speak, 2015 or


The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.