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  • January 07, 2013

    Columnist: Time To Enlist State Powers To Curb Deadliest Guns

    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.

  • January 04, 2013

    Expanded Peer Network to Help More Cities Increase Postsecondary Success

    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.

  • January 04, 2013

    Cities Jobs Response: Slow Growth Reiterates Need to Fix Deficit

    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..."

  • January 04, 2013

    NLC Urges House to Pass Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill Immediately; Funding Critical to Rebuilding Efforts in Suffering Cities

    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.

  • January 03, 2013

    Fort Lauderdale Recognized for Savings in City Purchasing

    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.

  • January 02, 2013

    Fiscal Cliff Bill Passes the House; Cities Still At Risk

    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.

  • January 02, 2013

    Columnist: Big Smart Touch Screens Zing Data To And From Neighborhoods

    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.

  • January 01, 2013

    Appalling Fiscal Cliff Debate Still Leaves Cities At Risk

    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.”

  • December 28, 2012

    City Leaders Visit Jacksonville to Share Ideas for Expanding Afterschool Meals

    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.

  • December 28, 2012

    City Leaders Call on Washington to Avert Threat to Families and Communities

    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."