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Finance

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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  • CitiesSpeak

The Supreme Court recently held 5-3 that local governments have “standing” to bring Fair Housing Act (FHA) lawsuits against banks alleging discriminatory lending practices.

The glass is more than half full after…

photo - Supreme Court: Cities Can Proceed With Claims Against Banks for Discriminatory Lending
photo - Supreme Court: Cities Can Proceed With Claims Against Banks for Discriminatory Lending
  • CitiesSpeak

On Wednesday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member and Kansas City, Missouri, Councilmember Jermaine Reed testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental…

Photo - Jermaine Reed testifies
Photo - Jermaine Reed testifies
  • Press Release

Washington — The seven leading organizations that represent state and local governments at the federal level – the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors,…

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The White House at dusk

Presentation and handout from a March 2017 session designed to help local elected officials and city staff understand the role of elected officials in public finance. Addresses critical public finance topics along with best practices and…

  • Research Report

Pensions play a critical role in the ability of local governments to attract and retain the workforce needed to meet citizen demands. The costs associated with this employee benefit, however, can be substantial. A recent National League of Cities…

  • Research Report

Despite our nation’s relative wealth, many Americans are financially insecure, lacking the financial means to pay all of their monthly bills or the necessary savings to cover unexpected expenses. Inadequate household incomes, coupled with a lack…

  • CitiesSpeak

"When cities are given the directive and the resources, projects just get done faster, more efficiently and with better end results."

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we'll feature…

photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate

The National League of Cities (NLC) recently announced its Public Sector Retirement Initiative sponsored by ICMA-RC, a resource for elected officials to help navigate the complexities of retirement and healthcare planning and funding for the…

  • CitiesSpeak

Launched by NLC President Matt Zone, the task force will pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches,…

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  • Fact Sheet

The entire sector of municipal government debt is under $2 trillion according to Census Bureau figures from 2013[1]. This debt issuance comes from all 50 states comprising over 19,000 cities and towns, 3000 counties, 15,000 school districts and…