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Congress to Move on Cannabis Banking

The House plans to hold a vote this Wednesday on the NLC-backed SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595), a bill that would better allow financial institutions to provide banking and insurance services to cannabis related businesses. It is expected to pass the House under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote, limits time

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Reversing the Residual Effects of Redlining

A process beginning in the 1930s, redlining describes how banks and government agencies discriminated by race in determinations for federally-backed mortgages. At the March Congressional City Conference, local leaders used redlining maps of Baltimore and Muskegon, Mich. to examine the intersection between racial equity and affordable housing. “Housing is a key priority for NLC and

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State Municipal Leagues Build Relationships with New Congress

This week, more than 40 executive directors and local leaders from 19 state municipal leagues across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., for NLC’s third annual state municipal league fly-in. At meetings and a briefing on Capitol Hill, state municipal league partners and NLC staff advocated for NLC’s top legislative priorities, including infrastructure investment, preventing

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How Baltimore is Advancing Racial Equity: Policy, Practice & Procedure

During 2018, our nation saw issues of race and justice take center stage in ways and with a frequency not seen in some time. We saw race baiting used in policy, practice, and procedural debates across the country, from immigration and border security to policing. As we celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin

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What the Shutdown Means for the Census

Unlike many other federal agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau has an unusual budget that waxes and wanes in 10-year intervals as it prepares for America’s largest domestic mobilization effort — the decennial census. While the Bureau typically survives government shutdowns with minimal long-term impacts, this particular shutdown comes right as the Bureau begins its final

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Top 5 NLC Reports from 2018

What did city leaders want to learn about most this year? The numbers don’t lie: autonomous vehicles, recycling, small cell deployment, the census and local trends. At the National League of Cities, we are dedicated to ensuring that cities are able to thrive and stay abreast of emerging issues in an ever-changing national landscape. And

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5 Holiday Traditions from Cities Nationwide

‘Tis the season for parties, delicious food… and memorable holiday traditions. From tree and menorah lightings to parades and festivals, every city has at least one holiday event that brings joy and warmth to residents as the cold winter days approach. Today, we’re sharing traditions from five cities, big and small, that we feel embody

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We’re Committed to Data and Evidence

At NLC, we hear you loud and clear. For city leaders, using data matters more than ever. You could even say we have the data to back it up: According to this year’s State of the Cities report, a fast-growing set of city leaders are focusing on government data and technology in their state of

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Three Ways to Build a Best Practices Toolkit

Whether you’re a newly elected official or an experienced hand, learning from fellow city leaders and building a best a practices toolkit is part of the job. And at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) 2018 Summer Conference, best practices are the name of the game. Hosted in Hollywood, Florida, this July

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