This post is part of a series, ‘Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence.’ The series focuses on what several sectors – including parents, teens, schools, hospitals, the faith community and city leaders – can do, independent of state and federal legislative activity, to reduce violence and the number of gun-related deaths. Most private
Month: August 2013
Recently, President Obama gave a speech in Phoenix, AZ about housing and homeownership. In much of his speech, the President discussed his Administration’s principals for reform of the housing finance system, as well as the on-going rebound in home prices. While the city is cited as an example of the housing boom, bust, and recovery cycle – the
Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. The Supreme Court’s October Term 2013 is shaping up to be a big one for cities, even though the Court has 30 or so more cases to accept. Here is a brief overview of a few
Comprehensive immigration reform is on hold in Washington while lawmakers are home for the August recess. Take advantage of this opportunity to encourage Congress to act on immigration reform. Immigration reform remains an economic imperative for cities, with several recent studies demonstrating the benefits to both the national economy and to local economies. Common sense
Over the past several weeks, there has been increasing concern expressed about the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac” tax. So I thought I would provide city and town officials with some very simple, straightforward facts about what it is and what it means for your city and town.
After serving in the Coast Guard, Shelley Gilbert was looking forward to spending more time with her two daughters and two grandchildren. Then she lost her job, her apartment, and moved into a hotel, trying to keep her family together. She was able to find work at a restaurant, but between the long hours on