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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 — 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…

  • Annual Conference

The NLC-RISC Staff Conference provides staff and pool administrators of state municipal league risk pools the opportunity to learn about industry trends, programs, services and pooling best practices. The conference offers many opportunities to…

  • 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…

SOTC Banner Image
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
  • 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