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James L. Martin (December 23, 1934-July 17, 2011) was as a lobbyist with the National Governors Association (NGA) from 1967 until his retirement in 1998. He served as deputy director from 1967 to 1979 and then legislative counsel and director until 1998. Following his retirement, Martin continued to privately consult for the NGA. The papers document the work of a career lobbyist for the National Governors’ Association and contain correspondence, memoranda, position papers, background materials, research documents, meeting notes, and policy statements related to some of the major legislative issues facing the nation during the 1980s and 1990s. Major topics include: budget, education, government financing, healthcare, mandates, regulatory reform, taxation, and welfare reform.