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Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the national economy. It's how cities pay for the services, invest in infrastructure and support the municipal workforce. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. 

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  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — October 19, 2017 — Today, the Senate passed an amendment proposed by Senator Capito (R-W. Va.), which jeopardizes the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT). In response to today’s announcement, NLC President Matt Zone,…

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country.

The National League of Cities recently visited Wichita…

A city at night.
A city at night.
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — September 27, 2017 — Today, the “Big 6” coalition released a tax plan that broadly outlined goals for tax reform. The plan suggests that most itemized deductions would be eliminated to offset lower tax rates, which will likely…

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Gary Cohn
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Gary Cohn
  • CitiesSpeak

When the Great Recession hit in America, city governments felt the effects acutely. Growth in municipal budgets contracted noticeably as hiring freezes, service changes, and even bankruptcies rolled across the country.

Now, that…

San Francisco, by Getty.
San Francisco, by Getty.
  • Press Release

32nd annual City Fiscal Conditions report identifies trend last seen in 2006 prior to Great Recession

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 12, 2017 – New National League of Cities (NLC) research indicates a potential slowdown in…

CFC
CFC

The 2017 City Fiscal Conditions survey of city finance officers reveals the start of fiscal contraction in the municipal sector following several years of post-recession growth. Several major findings taken together signal a slowdown on the…

  • News Announcement

This content was provided to NLC by our partners at the NLC Service Line Warranty Program. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, California Assemblymember Todd Gloria, city officials and representatives from Service Line Warranties of America…

  • Press Release

Annual “State of the Cities” Report Finds Mayors Expanding Leadership Roles to Fight Attacks on Local Control, Address Top Issues for Cities

WASHINGTON — May 24, 2017 — A comprehensive analysis of mayoral state…

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SOTC Banner Image
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — May 23, 2017 — This morning, the Trump Administration sent its full budget proposal to Congress. The proposal includes unprecedented cuts that would slash or eliminate crucial programs that invest in cities and create jobs, including…

Mulvaney
Mulvaney