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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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  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In an event to release the 35th annual City Fiscal Conditions report this morning, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement: 

“This report helps city…

Cityscape
Cityscape
  • Research Report

In its 35th year, the City Fiscal Conditions report continues to provide insight into the fiscal health of cities, towns and villages from across the nation. The findings in …

Cityscape
Cityscape
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This year's City Fiscal Conditions research looked at the fiscal conditions and factors across 500+ U.S. cities.

Some key takeaways?

Almost two in three finance officers in large cities are predicting a recession as soon as 2020…
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
  • Press Release

Revenues Continue to Expand, But Growth is Slowing

WASHINGTON — September 13, 2018 — Despite strong national economic growth and almost full employment, a new report from the National League of Cities (NLC)…

Austin
Austin

The 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey indicates that slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities. However, the level of optimism is still far below recent years. Furthermore, tax revenue…

  • Press Release

Advocacy efforts helped protect municipal bonds, private activity bonds and key tax credits, but falls short with SALT and advance refunding bonds

WASHINGTON — December 20, 2017 — Today, Congress passed the final version of…

Senate Votes on Tax Reform Bill
Senate Votes on Tax Reform Bill
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — This afternoon, the conference committee appointed to reconcile the different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) released their conference report. In response, National League of Cities (NLC) President Mark Stodola, mayor…

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