Cities are essential and NLC is continuing to push for local budget relief for all communities. The extent of the economic downturn due to COVID-19 is yet to be fully known, but the impacts on cities are already significant. Faced with significant tax revenue shortfalls, particularly from sales and income taxes, many cities have been forced to cut services, layoff and furlough employees, and pull back on capital projects. In the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, NLC is prioritizing getting more direct aid to cities, towns and villages. 

Legislation and Regulation



Coronavirus Response and Relief Provisions

On Dec. 27, 2020 President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) funding the federal government through Sept. 30, 2021, providing emergency coronavirus relief and authorizing other matters.

NLC took a closer look at all the programs and provisions in the legislation that are important to local governments across the country.


COVID-19 Local Response Principles

Local elected officials are uniquely positioned to help their communities manage the economic and health impact of COVID-19 and to address severe chronic inequities exposed by the pandemic. Each principle has a corresponding Response Brief that provides guidance and outlines specific actions cities can take to address the key issues affecting local communities during this pandemic. View them individually or download the full set of principles to help address and meet the needs of your local community.

Maintaining Your City’s Fiscal Health and Essential Services 

Maintaining Your City’s Fiscal Health and Essential Services 

Leaders must ensure that essential city services continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis. Many local governments are being forced to change policies and practices to maintain operations due to the spread of the coronavirus.

This COVID-19 principle Response Brief provides guidance and outlines specific actions cities can take to address local financial health and services during this pandemic.

Estimated State and local allocations in american rescue plan

Estimated State and Local Allocations in the American Rescue Plan

As the American Rescue Plan Act makes its way through the legislative process, the House continues to refine the estimates for allocations from the State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds.

DISCLAIMER: These are estimates from the House Committee on Oversight, not final allocations.

About the Federal Action Agenda 

The NLC Advocacy Center takes a proactive approach to the decisions and policies coming out of Washington, D.C. In response to those decisions, we have created the Federal Action Agenda as a resource for the latest information and to provide recommendations on how member cities could best respond and implement. Find our up-to-date recommendations and priorities in the Federal Action Agenda