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  • June 24, 2013

    Washington Attacks Municipal Bonds & CDBG As New Report Shows 312,000 Jobs Lost If Tax Exempt Bonds Changed

    Working to recover jobs lost since the Great Recession, the nation's local officials said today that two federal proposals are standing in the way of their economic development efforts: a 50% cut in CDBG funding and the elimination or curtailment of the tax exemption for municipal bonds. Both CDBG and municipal bonds are key economic tools that local governments deploy to create jobs.

  • The biennial Summit - the nation’s largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities - will be held Nov. 12-14 in Seattle, in conjunction with and immediately preceding the Congress of Cities.
    June 21, 2013

    Register Now for the 2013 National Summit on Your City’s Families

    The biennial Summit - the nation’s largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities - will be held Nov. 12-14 in Seattle, in conjunction with and immediately preceding the Congress of Cities.

  • June 19, 2013

    National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation Selects 2013-2014 Fellows

    Councilman Seyram Selase of Anniston, AL and Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore of Hopewell, VA have been selected as the 2013-2014 Foundation Fellows for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation.

  • June 19, 2013

    National League of Cities Selects 22 Cities for Children’s Health Care Initiative

    The National League of Cities (NLC) selected 22 cities across the country to participate in its new three-year initiative to help municipal leaders increase access to health insurance coverage for children and families.

  • June 18, 2013

    National League of Cities Responds to Members of Congress Opposing Marketplace Fairness Act

    NLC's Executive Director responded to Tuesday's news conference by members of Congress opposing the Marketplace Fairness Act, and called on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on this legislation that helps small businesses.

  • June 17, 2013

    Columnist: Less-harmful Shale Development: Ohio's Big Experiment

    Columnist Neal Peirce looks at whether Ohio can use the new shale-gas drilling technology to deliver thousands of jobs, revive depressed industrial zones, spark new high-tech industries, feed state coffers -- and still not mess up its countryside, imperil water supplies and possibly release dangerous amounts of methane gases.

  • June 17, 2013

    NLC Urges Senate to Move Forward with Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

    National League of Cities (NLC) president Marie Lopez Rogers and the presidents of several of NLC's sister organizations sent a letter to Senate leaders last week urging them to move forward with reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) as quickly as possible, and to subscribe to several principles when doing so.

  • June 17, 2013

    Congress Resumes Immigration Debate While City Leaders Focus on Local Impact

    While Congress resumes the debate over immigration reform, city leaders focused on the need for reform in their cities and the positive impact on local economies that common sense reform would bring to their communities.

  • June 17, 2013

    Confused About Pension Contributions? Let NASRA Help

    As part of its ongoing efforts to help elected officials better understand their obligations under state and local public pension laws, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators or NASRA again produced a very timely and handy one-pager designed to help elected officials stay on top of their pension contributions.

  • June 17, 2013

    Senate Moves to Undo No Child Left Behind

    On June 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to move Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) "Strengthening America's Schools Act" out of committee by a 12-10 party line vote. The measure, which substantially revamps No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, underwent a highly partisan markup in committee.