Part one in a three-part series on the state of public pensions.
Friends, family and long-time colleagues gathered in Washington, DC last week to pay tribute to NLC Executive Director Don Borut's long career in public service. The celebration came just a few weeks before Borut's official retirement date at the end of the year.
The current transportation financing system, which primarily relies on a federal gas tax, has been called inadequate by several transportation entities. The limitations of a diminishing Highway Trust Fund (HTF) have spurred a push to explore alternatives to financing transportation infrastructure systems including a mileage-based user fee approach often known as a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards have been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. The awards promote the positive results of a total community collaboration and are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.
NLC Executive Director Don Borut shares his appreciation for the privilege of working at NLC for 22 years and his reflections on the organization.
The four member councils for the National League of Cities held meetings at the Congress of Cities to discuss the various issues that affect their respective communities and helped to set the future agendas for their work within NLC.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, released a statement in response to today's school shooting in Newtown, CT. Rogers said, "I am horrified and saddened by today's tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. On behalf of city leaders from across the country, I wish to express our condolences to the victims and their friends and families."
NLC's online store, ShopNLC, has been re-launched on a new and improved website. Visit the store and enjoy free shipping on items ordered during the month of December.
During the Congress of Cities in Boston, NLC announced that the Military Communities Peer Network will become the Military Communities Council. For nearly two years, the group has met informally to discuss a variety of subjects unique to cities with large military footprints.
Leaders of the National League of Cities (NLC) visited the White House to hear from President Obama on the local implications of the "fiscal cliff" and the need for swift action. NLC leadership urged administration officials to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes targeted spending cuts and revenue enhancements.