• September 02, 2015

    Local Officials Seizing Bully Pulpit on Transportation to Get a Better Deal for Cities and Towns

    When Congress returns in September, transportation advocacy will turn to the House to deliver a bill that maintains the gains in the Senate, and that restores funding to cities and towns under the Surface Transportation Program.

  • September 02, 2015

    New GASB Rule Requires Disclosure of Tax Abatements

    Local governments commonly use tax abatements to attract and retain business and jobs in a community. In exchange for the abatement or agreement by the local government to forego tax revenues, the company commits to making certain investments in a community that contribute to economic growth and development. State and local laws govern the use of tax abatement process, and generally require a transparent process for approving the abatement agreement and compliance by both the local government and the company in filing reports regarding the abatement.

  • September 02, 2015

    Moratorium on Internet Access Taxation Set to Expire

    The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) is set to expire on October 1 and NLC is fighting to ensure that any further preemption of taxation of Internet access remains temporary.

  • September 02, 2015

    EPA Clean Water Rule in Effect in 37 States

    Last month, following a last-minute preliminary injunction by a North Dakota judge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) controversial Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule) went into effect in 37 states. The rule aims to clarify which waters fall under federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

  • September 02, 2015

    Progress Still Needed on E-Fairness Legislation

    If you haven't already, please contact your House members and thank them for their support of the Remote Transactions Parity Act (H.R. 2775) if they are already a co-sponsor, or urge them to cosponsor the bill if they have not.

  • August 25, 2015

    City Leaders, Experts Speak at Forum on Undoing Racism in the Nation’s Cities

    One year after the unrest in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, and on the eve of the 52nd anniversary of the March On Washington, the National League of Cities (NLC) will host Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns, a forum that explores how city leaders are advancing racial understanding and healing within communities across the nation.

  • August 24, 2015

    Inside the Vatican Symposium on Climate Change

    Together with the Pope, 65 mayors from around the world assembled in Vatican City to sign a Declaration of the Mayors committing to address the challenges of climate change and its impacts.

  • August 24, 2015

    U.S. Mayors Step Up as Key Advocates for Climate Change Action During UN Conference in Paris

    A coalition of U.S. mayors and city officials announced today that they will join the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris in December to showcase their cities’ climate leadership and call for an ambitious international agreement that addresses our climate crisis and supports further action at the local level.

  • August 17, 2015

    National League of Cities and NYU CUSP Partner on Data Analytics and City Services Summit

    NLC teamed up with New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) to host the first Data Analytics and City Services Summit, bringing together 12 chief data officers and performance management staff from 12 cities across the nation.

  • August 14, 2015

    A Modernized EPA Brownfields Program Could Revitalize City Spaces

    The property of a Sheraton Hotel in Gary, Ind., which had been closed since the mid-70s, sat vacant for an additional 20 years until the city was able to obtain funding from the EPA Brownfields program, a neighborhood stabilization grant, and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Combined with local funds, the city demolished the former hotel in 2014. This project has been symbolic to removing blight from the downtown area, allowing the city to position itself for future redevelopment.