Senate Plan Threatens State and Local Tax Deduction

Thursday evening, the Senate passed the FY2018 Budget reconciliation spending blueprint, paving the way for a potential $1.5 trillion tax cut. In a misguided effort to provide a pay for an ambition tax reform plan yet to be seen, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) proposed an amendment that opens the door to a cap or

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In Washington, Competing Forces Work to Reform Healthcare Markets

In Washington, news of the latest healthcare reform efforts seem to change by the hour. But it’s been a particularly productive week on the issue, as both Congress and the Administration made moves to implement competing agendas. Here’s a quick recap of what happened: On October 12th, the Trump Administration made two large announcements impacting

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Will the Supreme Court Review Trump’s Third Travel Ban?

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his way, the answer will be yes. Or at least, so Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee — shortly after two federal district courts temporarily prevented the third travel ban from going into effect. But the full story is more complicated. Back on March 6, President Trump signed an executive

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Why a Regional Bid May Land HQ2

Proposals to capture one of the most coveted economic development deals in history — Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2 — are due. While some cities (here and here) have not been swayed to join the hunt, there are no doubt hundreds of submissions, and nearly the same amount of speculation about which one of these

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What Should City Leaders Do About Healthcare?

This is the second piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country. Find the first installment here. The National League of Cities (NLC) was recently back on the road — this time to discuss healthcare. Williamsburg, Virginia, home to

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Four Key Steps for Effective Pay-for-Success City Programs

This is a guest post by Meg Massey, Outreach & Communications Manager for the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative. On any given night in Santa Clara County, California, thousands of people experience homelessness. Homelessness is expensive for Santa Clara, costing emergency room visits, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice resources — not to

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How AARP Helps City Leaders Build Communities for All Ages

This is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond of AARP. In the above photo, hackers and community members collaborate during the City of Seattle’s “City for All” technology hackathon. (Credit: Michael B. Maine) In his address at Harvard University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Change starts local. Even global changes start small

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NLC Equity, Education and Employment Summer Road Trip Corpus Christi: Making Coastal Connections

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our fourth stop, we discover how the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas, is making local and regional connections to meet its almost $50 billion industry demand.   This post was

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How Summer Jobs Can Teach Youth Financial Skills

This is a guest post by Amelia O’Rourke-Owens of America Saves for Young Workers. This summer, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth,

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Retirement (In)security: Why Financial Literacy Matters

This is the first piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country. The National League of Cities recently visited Wichita, Kansas for the annual conference of the League of Kansas Municipalities. The conference had a huge turnout, and while

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