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NLC News

Sep 10

This is a guest post written by Ellen Harpel. The post originally appeared on the Smart Incentives blog.

Economic development incentives such as tax abatements can allow cities to spur growth and encourage progress - but these incentives should be used effectively and responsibly. To that end, tax abatement disclosures can support greater transparency, although new disclosure standards…

Sep 10

In his first CitiesSpeak blog post, the inaugural Director of NLC's Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative encourages city leaders to reflect on this past summer's events and respond with grace to racial tensions in their own communities.

The city of Charleston, S.C., where the Mother Emmanuel AME Church is located. (Sean Pavone/Getty Images)

We have now had a few months…

Sep 09
  • Environment & Sustainability

Last month, President Obama took two key actions to address climate change committing to reduce carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Through the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plans and a series of executive actions, the president is demonstrating the U.S's commitment to climate mitigation and adaption…

Sep 09

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities (NLC) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy for issuing Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities today. This call to action marks a historic step in ensuring that Americans of all ages and abilities have access to safe and convenient opportunities to be active and move safely throughout their…

Sep 02

Just before the August recess, the Senate passed the "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act", a bill that authorizes over $50 billion in federal funding annually for six years to support highway, bridge, and transit projects and programs.

At the same time, the Senate was forced to pass another short-term extension for transportation funding -…

Sep 02

Local governments commonly use tax abatements to attract and retain business and jobs in a community. In exchange for the abatement or agreement by the local government to forego tax revenues, the company commits to making certain investments in a community that contribute to economic growth and development. State and local laws govern the use of tax abatement process, and generally…

Sep 02
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Binary Code Waves
  • Advocacy

The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) is set to expire on October 1, and NLC is fighting to ensure that any further preemption of taxation of Internet access remains temporary. ITFA is a moratorium that prohibits state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet (ie Internet subscriptions). When ITFA first became law in 1998, the Internet was very new and to encourage its widespread…

Sep 02

Last month, following a last-minute preliminary injunction by a North Dakota judge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) controversial Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule) went into effect in 37 states. The rule aims to clarify which waters fall under federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA…

Sep 02
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Shopping Online
  • Advocacy

As Congress returns to its work this month, NLC continues to press for progress on e-fairness. Since Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA, HR 2775) this summer, hundreds of city advocates have called on their representatives to cosponsor this bill.Besides the hundreds of city officials who have taken action in support of the legislation, the…

Sep 01

This is a guest post by Josh Russell and Jason Wiens. This post is the fourth installment in a series focused on NLC's 2015 Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey.

Startup density varies from city to city across the United States. (Kauffman Index of Startup Activity)

City leaders across America understand…