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NLC News

Sep 30

NEW YORK—A new report released today from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation. The 30th annual City Fiscal Conditions report found that fiscal impacts of the 2007 recession are much more substantial when compared to similar…

Sep 29
The Roberts Court refers to the Supreme Court of the United States since 2005, under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts. (Wikimedia Commons)

Ten years ago today, John Glover Roberts, Jr. became the 17th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Roberts Court decisions have affected everyone from average Americans to Guantanamo Bay detainees. But what about state and…

Sep 29

This is a guest post by Gino Campana, councilmember, Fort Collins, Colo.

A family participates in Open Streets 2015 in Fort Collins, Colo. (photo: City of Fort Collins)

It was an honor to participate in a daylong celebratory event at the White House for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) movement. Together with First Lady Michelle Obama, we celebrated the…

Sep 29

This post is the fifth installment in a series focused on NLC’s Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey.

Apprentice working with engineer to inspect manufacturing machinery. (Getty Images)

Economic development consistently ranks as a high priority for local officials across the country. Alongside this priority…

Sep 25
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
In this issue:  NLC Launches #CitiesLead2016 for the Presidential Election  Will the Federal Government Be Open For Business on October 1?  Deadline October 14: Apply to Serve on a Federal Advocacy Committee Now  Transportation Advocates Turn Attention to the House  Moratorium on Internet Access Taxation Extended in Continuing Resolution City Leaders Continue to Press for E-Fairness  EPA…
Sep 25

Stemming from a 2003 court decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a timeline for updating its Phase II stormwater regulations regarding the procedures to be used for providing coverage to small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) under general permits.

The purpose of this rulemaking is to fix certain deficiencies that the Ninth Circuit Court…

Sep 25

Advocates and congressional staff at a meeting in Joplin, Mo.

NLC continues to work with city leaders in urging Congress to take action in support of e-fairness and closing the online sales tax loophole. Hundreds of city leaders, state municipal leagues, business owners, and other allies have reached out to their U.S. representatives in support of the…

Sep 25
  • Transportation

The House was caught by surprise in July when the Senate introduced and approved the DRIVE Act, a bipartisan, six-year transportation bill. Up until that point, the House was focused on additional short-term extensions to keep transportation funds flowing. With no long-term proposal to consider, Senate leaders sensed an opportunity and urged the House to quickly approve the DRIVE Act before…

Sep 25
Colbert Kean Iowa
Colbert Kean Iowa
  • Advocacy

This week, NLC launched its campaign to make city issues a focus in the 2016 presidential election, #CitiesLead2016. Lead by NLC First Vice President Melodee Colbert Kean, council member, Joplin, Mo., city leaders gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the center of early presidential campaigning, to announce NLC's plans and issue a call to action for presidential candidates.

"Today we…

Sep 25

In this issue: 

NLC Launches #CitiesLead2016 for the Presidential Election  Will the Federal Government Be Open For Business on October 1?  Deadline October 14: Apply to Serve on a Federal Advocacy Committee Now  Transportation Advocates Turn Attention to the House  Moratorium on Internet Access Taxation Extended in Continuing Resolution City Leaders Continue to Press for E-Fairness  EPA…