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Raymond Scheppach

Raymond Scheppach

Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia
Dr. Ray Scheppach retired as the executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA) in March 2011, a post he held since 1983. He is currently a professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Prior to his position at NGA, Dr. Scheppach worked for seven years at the Congressional Budget Office, serving the last two years as deputy director. Previous to that, he worked for seven years in economic consulting and two years as an economist with the Standard Oil Company (Ohio).

Under his leadership, NGA became one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, ranked 12th by Fortune magazine in its 1999 annual survey of the most influential trade associations, labor unions, and interest groups. As an advocate for federalism, Dr. Scheppach has testified before Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors on numerous occasions.

Why states didn't go broke from the pandemic

May 09, 2021 10:08 am UTC| Economy

During the summer of 2020, there were many news reports about the impending state fiscal crisis due to the pandemic. A July 7 article on CNBC with the headline Cuts to basic services loom as coronavirus ravages local...

Who wants to be a governor now?

Apr 13, 2020 03:36 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Governors Have the Best Political Jobs in America is the name of one of my lectures in a leadership course I occasionally teach at the University of Virginia. In that class, I describe how governors have huge...

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Economy

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Politics

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Science

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It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

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Technology

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