NLC applauded the 75 Senators who voted for the Marketplace Fairness amendment, demonstrating their support for Main Street businesses by giving state and local governments the authority to collect sales taxes on remote sales.
NLC launched its ‘State of the Cities' series today on the organization's blog, CitiesSpeak. The series will feature seven posts analyzing 2013 State of the City Addresses given by mayors and city managers from 30 U.S. cities.
A diverse coalition of more than 50 groups representing local and state governments, housing, transportation, infrastructure, and private industry urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to support the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.
Responding to a House Ways & Means Committee hearing on Tax Reform Affecting Local Governments, NLC's Executive Director urged the committee to listen to former local elected officials who understand that removing or capping the muni bond tax exemption will result in local tax hikes.
On Tuesday, March 19, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on federal tax provisions that affect local governments, including municipal bonds. NLC will be submitting testimony and attending the hearing.
A bill that would seriously undermine several key aspects of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), passed the House on March 15 over strong objections from NLC and other stakeholder organizations.
In the theme of the 2013 Congressional City Conference ‘Stand up for Cities,' closing session speakers called on city officials to help carry the message and lead the nation on issues important to cities. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain exhorted city leaders to carry the message on reducing gun violence and immigration reform.
The 1600-plus municipal officials who descended on Washington last week for NLC's Congressional City Conference heard a resounding message from administration officials: be active and engaged in the policy conversations and decisions happening in Washington.
Speaking to a packed room of city elected officials, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten touched on a wide range of topics important to city elected officials interested in pursuing an education agenda.
Medellin, Columbia was recently voted City of the Year in an Internet poll with close to 1 million votes cast. Columnist Neal Peirce explores this city's transformation.