State Representative Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) has been named Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Budget & Revenue Committee. Massachusetts State Senator and NCSL President Richard T. Moore appointed Rep. Fludd to a term that began July 2010 and expires in August 2011.
“The economic recession is hurting every state in the nation, and each state is finding its own unique way to deal with the consequences,” said Representative Fludd. “As Vice Chair of the NCSL Budget & Revenue Committee, I will work with state leaders from around the country, find the most effective solutions to our economic troubles, and bring them back home to Georgia.”
The Budget & Revenue Committee is one of NCSL’s 12 standing committees. According to NCSL, its Budget & Revenue Committee is charged with protecting states’ interests in federal decisions regarding fiscal matters, including the federal budget. The Committee also examines federal and state policies with fiscal implications, like funding for services and programs, budget processes, tax and revenue systems, legislative oversight, unfunded mandates, and state-local fiscal relations.
“Rep. Fludd brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table,” said NCSL President Moore. “I am pleased he has accepted the appointment, and I look forward to his valuable contributions to state public policy over the next year.”
In addition to his position on the NCSL committee, Rep. Fludd is also a member of the Georgia House Ways & Means Committee, which is responsible for state tax and revenue legislation. Just this year, Rep. Fludd introduced House Bill 1066, which was estimated to bring in approximately $220 million in revenue for the state through a temporary one percent surcharge for married couples who have a total income of more than $400,000 and single individuals with an income of $200,000.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves legislators and staffs from the nation’s 50 states. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.