Columnist Neal Peirce writes that newly elected North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is one of the most interesting mixes in today's American politics and public life. McCrory, a former 14-year mayor of Charlotte, clinched the Republican nomination and then sailed to easy victory last November to be inaugurated earlier this month as the first big-city leader to become governor in the state's history.
In response to President Obama's press conference on the debt ceiling Monday, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, said: “Americans are tired and frustrated by the inability of Congress to act responsibly and pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling. As President Obama reiterated time and again this morning, America must pay its bills. We agree—as the consequences of inaction will be devastating for our nation’s cities and towns."
A new report published by CFED and NLC highlights six no-cost or low-cost ideas for how city officials can get started in helping more families in their community achieve financial stability.
Earlier this month, the EPA published a memorandum, "Safe Drinking Water Act - Consumer Confidence Report Delivery Options," clarifying options for delivering Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs). The memorandum clarifies that water suppliers may use electronic delivery options for CCRs, including delivery of the report's URL, to comply with the requirement to "directly deliver" the CCR. NLC supports this decision.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court protected local governments when it unanimously held the Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) was not liable under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for contaminated runoff that its storm drains channeled into larger rivers, and eventually the Pacific Ocean.
NLC joined together with ICF International to produce “Closing the Digital Divide: Promoting Broadband Adoption Among Underserved Populations,” a paper which explores the challenges and benefits of broadband adoption.
The Center for Research and Innovation at NLC is working to better understand how technology and communications issues impact cities and how we can be a resource for members. Please take a few minutes to respond to this brief questionnaire. Your responses will help inform the Center’s work in the coming year and engage a variety of stakeholders on these vital issues for cities.
In one of the more innovative city government ideas of 2012, the City of Boston recently launched ‘City Hall To Go' — a mobile City Hall of sorts, offering a diverse menu of services directly to constituents. According to the City of Boston, the mobile City Hall — inspired by popular food trucks — is the nation's first of its kind.
NLC will launch 2013 with a Leaders Planning Meeting in Washington, DC. Thursday, January 10 - Saturday, January 12. As part of the meeting, the NLC leadership team will attend a White House briefing on the President's agenda for his second term and the Administration's position on key challenges facing the country.
Columnist Neal Peirce writes that in the wake of the Newtown massacre, now is the time to blow the whistle on the gun industry.The proven formula is the approach that curbed the tobacco industry and its life-imperiling products: public interest lawsuits filed by state attorneys general and -- or alternatively -- imposing very high taxes on ultra-dangerous automatic weapons and the ammunition to fire them.