The National League of Cities joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today to announce that 500 cities, towns and counties have committed to the five goals in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative since July 2012.
Last month, President Obama took two key actions to address climate change committing to reduce carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Through the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plans and a series of executive actions, the president is demonstrating the U.S's commitment to climate mitigation and adaption ahead of the U.N. Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris later this year.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issues the Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities today, marking a historic step in ensuring that Americans of all ages and abilities have access to safe and convenient opportunities to be active and move safely throughout their communities.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.