Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Jul 18
Main Street
Main Street
  • Taxation
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the “physical presence” test for remote sales tax collection requirements, cities need to make sure that they have a seat at the table and are working with state legislatures to ensure methods for the collection and remittance of local sales taxes are included in these discussions.

  • Federal Advocacy
Jan 10
Workers
Workers
  • Infrastructure

Through no fault of their own, cities could lose out on critical infrastructure funding simply because they do not have access to “self-help” tools.

Some localities can tap into “self-help” local revenue-raising and financing mechanisms, such as local sales tax, local income tax and public-private partnerships, yet many cannot due to structural and state limitations.

With our…

  • Federal Advocacy
Jan 01
Rebuild With Us
Rebuild With Us
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

 

 

Cities call on Congress to frame an infrastructure plan that works collaboratively with cities and reflects five guiding principles.

 

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  • Federal Advocacy
Sep 27
Treasury
Treasury
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Taxation

NLC calls on Congress and the President to preserve the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Learn more about how SALT helps cities provide essential services to below and join NLC in our efforts to to protect the state and local tax deduction.

  • Federal Advocacy
Jun 13
photo - Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs
photo - Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs
  • Afterschool

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers federally-funded afterschool and summer meal programs, allowing children across the country access to meals during out-of-school time. Because this funding is guaranteed year-to-year as part of the Afterschool Meal Program and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) program, the organizations operating these programs are fully reimbursed for the…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 10
photo - Local Action Challenge for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
photo - Local Action Challenge for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Opportunity
  • City Government

NLC President Matt Zone launched the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force when he took office in November to pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials.

President Zone has issued a…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 07
Healthcare
Healthcare
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Health Care

As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NLC urges Congress to continue to support provisions important to cities. 

  • Federal Advocacy
Feb 08
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

The vibrant network of infrastructure in America’s cities is the economic competitive advantage that allows our 122.5 million households and 7.5 million businesses to lead the world in an increasingly globalized economy. Yet, we know that our infrastructure is failing us. Too many bridges are in a state of disrepair, our internet lags behind the rest of the world, families drink from bottled…

  • Federal Advocacy
Dec 22
  • Taxation
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

NLC calls on Congress and the President to close the online sales tax loophole by enacting e-fairness legislation. Learn more about how closing the online sales tax loophole will strengthen local businesses and join NLC in our efforts to advocate for e-fairness legislation.

  • Federal Advocacy
Dec 22
City buildings
City buildings
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Advocacy

NLC calls on Congress and the President to preserve the federal income tax exemption on municipal bonds. Learn more about how municipal bonds help cities modernize our nation’s infrastructure below and join NLC in our efforts to protect the tax exemption for municipal bonds.

  • Federal Advocacy