Many specific duties and functions are required of the TACIR in its enabling act, and additional duties are often assigned by the General Assembly through legislation. From its broad set of statutory obligations and special charges, the purpose for TACIR's existence can be summarized in four concise yet encompassing goals:
- Advance discussion and deliberation of critical and sensitive intergovernmental policy matters.
- Promote action to resolve intergovernmental problems and improve the quality of government.
- Forge common ground between competing but equally legitimate values, goals, and interests.
- Provide members of the General Assembly and other policymakers with accurate and timely information and analysis to facilitate reasoned decision making.