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NLC News

Aug 09
Press Release
Press Release
  • Health & Wellness

Beginning October 1, 2013, a new Health Insurance Marketplace will open in every state, giving Americans a whole new way to shop for health insurance.  With that, every American will be able to begin the process of obtaining affordable, quality health insurance.  Individuals will not be the only ones to benefit; employers with less than 50 employees, including small cities, will also be able…

Aug 09

With various sources continuing to report that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) remain committed to moving tax reform bills through their respective committees after the August congressional recess, NLC is asking local officials for their help now to protect municipal bonds.

“Please help us highlight…

Aug 09

When the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) recently released the latest guidelines for cities and towns to use to report on their pensions, the world of government accounting changed forever.   Under the new GASB rules, which went into effect on June 15, 2013, it is no longer enough to report on this year’s annual required contribution and how much a city or town has budgeted…

Aug 08
Press Release
Press Release
  • Education

With the launch of three dropout reengagement centers last January, Chicago joined the ranks of cities that are using highly accessible physical locations to connect out-of-school youth and their families with services that enable the youth to obtain a diploma or GED. A review of the first six months of operations shows promise in Chicago's approach, even as it has generated new programming…

Aug 07

Over the past several weeks, there has been increasing concern expressed about the Affordable Care Act's excise tax, more commonly referred to as the "Cadillac" tax.  So I thought I would provide city and town officials with some very simple, straightforward facts about what it is and what it means for your city and town.

1.  What does the Affordable Care Act's excise (Cadillac) tax…

Aug 07

Washington, DC - The following statement is from Marie Lopez Rogers, President of the National League of Cities and Mayor of Avondale, Ariz., in response to the shooting at a municipal building in northeastern Pennsylvania on Monday:

 “It is with profound sadness that the National League of Cities offers it condolences to the victims and their families of the tragic shooting at the…

Aug 05

After serving in the Coast Guard, Shelley Gilbert was looking forward to spending more time with her two daughters and two grandchildren. Then she lost her job, her apartment, and moved into a hotel, trying to keep her family together. She was able to find work at a restaurant, but between the long hours on her feet and a long commute involving multiple buses and walking, she bruised her…

Aug 05

On July 31, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee adopted S.1356, a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) by a vote of 18 to 3.  The strongly bipartisan bill was co-authored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Johnny Isakson (D-TN) and co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (D-TN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate HELP…

Aug 05

Despite the often-stated desire to return to regular order, Members of Congress went home last week for their August recess without having made much progress on any of the 12 annual appropriations bills. Congress has not been able to bring any of the individual spending bills to a joint conference committee, and only nine legislative days now remain before the end of the FY 2013 fiscal year on…

Aug 05
Press Release
Press Release
  • Transportation

“Dear Member of Congress:  I’m stuck in traffic wasting time, fuel and money.  All around me are trucks, commuters and families delayed and frustrated.  Please pay attention to America’s ailing and inadequate infrastructure.  It’s important.  It’s your decision.  It’s past time.” 

 

This is the message of the newly launched mobile app from Building America’s Future.  The app…