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.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor of Avondale, AZ, responded to the lack of progress on a federal budget compromise saying, "This inaction and uncertainty will have serious repercussions on our communities and our middle class families who stand to lose $50-$100 out of their first paycheck in the new year."
NLC's Sustainability Program has assembled five recommended strategies for success that city sustainability leaders can use to help chart a course into the next phases of their sustainability efforts: Create and Expand Partnerships; Enage through Technology; Measure and Track; Plan, Prepare and Institutionalize; and Be Bold.
The elected leadership of several local government organizations has written a call to action for our federal leaders in Washington. The elected officials are calling on Congress and the White House to make smart cuts and continue to invest in America’s cities and counties to drive growth and create jobs.