“Whatever your issue is, I’m here to tell you we cannot solve that issue if we remain as divided as we are today. I believe this issue of toxic division, of unhealthy conflict, rises above all the other issues.”
Speaking at NGA’s Annual Meeting, NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox implored Americans to “Disagree Better.” That’s the name of the new Chair’s Initiative he will lead during his term as NGA Chair alongside 2023-2024 Vice Chair Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
Disagree Better is an initiative that will address the issue of polarization. It will also highlight the solutions already being implemented in groups across the nation and have Governors demonstrate what better disagreement looks like. Americans will learn a more optimistic and positive way to solve problems by participating in public debates.
Noting that Governors are often recognized as “the last adults left in the room in politics,” Governor Cox invited his fellow Governors to lead by example in demonstrating “healthy disagreement.”
“There’s a permission structure in…