In response to the January unemployment report, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ said, "Today's unemployment rate showed modest growth, but NLC remains concerned about the slow pace of recovery. While the nation has postponed the fiscal cliff, it is important that the nation continues to work on preventing the automatic spending cuts from taking effect."
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, attended the President's immigration speech today in Las Vegas and said, "It was an honor and privilege to hear the President's important words today on immigration. NLC fully supports the President's leadership on this issue and will work in tandem with the Administration to support bold action in pursuing comprehensive immigration reform in the coming weeks and months."
With action underway in the new Congress, NLC and city leaders are preparing to make their voices heard on a number of key legislative priorities that are likely to be considered this year. Under the leadership of NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, and NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony, the organization finalized its 2013 priorities in a leadership meeting in Washington earlier this month.
Registration is now open for 10 Leadership Training Seminars that will take place during the pre-conference days, March 9-10, of the Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. Sessions will cover topics include Building Public-Private Partnerships, Managing your Message in a Multi-Mass Media World, and Enhancing Council Effectiveness.
Columnist Neal Peirce writes that cities must plan accordingly to attract multigenerational residents. Cities cannot just be for young professionals or empty nesters; the very future of cities depends heavily on drawing young, child-rearing families.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced at a public event in the Capitol that she was introducing a bill to ban the sale and manufacture of assault weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
The leadership of NLC, the National Association of Counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors met in Washington, D.C. and pledged that their organizations will work together to convince Congress and the Administration not to limit the tax exemption for municipal bonds in any tax reform or deficit reduction efforts this year.
Responding to the immigration framework announcement by the bipartisan group of Senators lead by Senator Schumer, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ said: "For years NLC has been a strong advocate of fixing our nation's broken immigration system. For too long, the poorly performing system has contributed to financial, cultural and political strain in our nation's communities. Comprehensive reform is needed now to provide cities and towns with the support they need as they continue to integrate immigrants into their communities."
The National League of Cities (NLC) announces the start of a new, three-year initiative to help municipal leaders increase children’s access to health insurance coverage. The Cities Expanding Children’s Access to Health Care project will be launched with a $3.25 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies and is aimed at strengthening the capacity of city leaders to maximize children’s participation in public health insurance programs.
As NLC rolls out its Cities Expanding Children’s Access to Health Care initiative, local officials have a concurrent opportunity to apply for federal outreach and enrollment grants to connect eligible children with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).