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.
As part of an initiative supported by the Lumina Foundation to help communities boost local college completion rates, NLC has expanded its Postsecondary Success City Action Network to 18 cities across the country.
In response to December's unemployment report, Marie Lopez Rogers, NLC President and mayor of Avondale, AZ said, "Today's unemployment numbers, while showing positive growth, still show the economy is in a precarious position that demands continued support.This week's fiscal cliff deal did little to address the harm the automatic spending cuts will have on the economic recovery we are only now beginning to see in our communities..."
In a statement, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor, Avondale, AZ urged the House of Representatives to act quickly today and pass the $9 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid for the national flood insurance program, and ensure that a second package gets passed later this month for the remaining $51 billion in needed storm aid.
On behalf of NLC, U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance recently honored the City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for saving taxpayer dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing.
The House of Representatives passed The American Tax Relief Act of 2012 aimed at averting the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that threatened to throw the economy back into a recession. The measure protects the Bush-era tax rates for individuals and families earning less than $400,000, extends jobless benefits for two million Americans looking for a job and temporarily delays automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense programs that were set to go into effect on January 2, 2013.
Neal Peirce writes that new high-definition touch-screen information displays customized by location are the latest technology aimed at making cities more user-friendly, personalized, and safer. The kiosks have begun to 'go live' around New York and will soon spread to other cities around the US and world.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, responding to the passage of legislation to avert a fiscal cliff said, “As debates over spending continue in the new year, we call upon federal lawmakers to use a balanced approach to deficit reduction and to preserve the essential federal investments that drive growth and job creation in our communities. We cannot and must not solve our country's fiscal problems on the backs of our communities and our families.”
Municipal officials and staff from 11 cities gathered in Jacksonville, FL, recently to share lessons learned from their efforts to reduce childhood hunger through expanded afterschool meal programs.