By Angelina Panettieri
This summer, city leaders around the country have stepped up to take action on two of NLC's top advocacy priorities: federal transportation funding and passage of marketplace fairness legislation. The City of Anchorage, Alaska passed a resolution in support of a new, long-term federal transportation program and drew attention to the need for federal partnership on local and regional projects like the Seward Highway. The City of New London, Minnesota also passed a resolution in support of a new transportation program, citing local needs for highway and public transit development to support area economies.
State municipal leagues have also taken action on behalf of cities. The Association of Washington Cities, in conjunction with the Washington State Association of Counties and the governor of Washington, have contacted their state's senators to urge passage of the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA). City advocates in Connecticut, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas have also already called or met with their senators in local offices to urge passage of MITFA.
Time still remains for city leaders to contact their legislators during this year's August recess and urge action on city priorities when Congress returns to Washington in September. City leaders should ask their full congressional delegations to continue work on a long-term federal transportation program that incorporates local decision making, and ask their senators to pass marketplace fairness legislation as soon as possible.
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