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NLC Supports Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act

The following statement on Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act is from Donald J. Borut, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “The National League of Cities thanks Senator Harkin for introducing “The Rebuild America Act.” Since the beginning of the Great Recession, America’s cities and towns have asked the federal government to invest in

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The State of the Cities in 2012

This is the first in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches.  The following post is written by Lara Malakoff in NLC’s Center for Research and Innovation. Cities are finding themselves at a cross-roads.  We know this from an analysis of State of the City addresses given by mayors and city

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NLC Launches Project #Cities2012

This year’s election will be one of the most important to date.  To influence the process, NLC launches Project #cities2012 to let all candidates – Presidential and Congressional – know what Washington must do to encourage city innovation. Using social media, local leaders will have the information and tools needed to engage citizens and candidates on

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Payroll Tax Cut Deal Paves Way for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

The following was written by Mitchel Herckis, Principal Associate for Federal Relations In these difficult times, it seems rare that we can tout a bipartisan victory that helps cities and towns across the nation.  However, this week Congress has the opportunity to take a major step forward in replacing the current patchwork of voice-only first

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Disappointed by the House Ways and Means Committee

The following post was written by Leslie Wollack, Program Director at the National League of Cities. NLC is disappointed in the vote by the House Ways and Means Committee to change the way public transportation is funded…a funding structure that has provided highway and transit programs with dedicated and dependable funding for over thirty years.  

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Mayors Can Be Effective Advocates for Better Schools

The following post was written by Michael Karpman, Senior Associate for Outreach in NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Municipal involvement in education has been steadily increasing for at least two decades.  Yet there continues to be a common misperception that mayors who care about education but don’t govern their school districts have few

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Todays unemployment numbers

The following post was written by Neil Bomberg, program director in NLC’s Center on Federal Relations: November’s unemployment numbers, which were released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS, provide further evidence that the economy is continuing to improve after suffering the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At first glance, last

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Budget Compromise is Only the Beginning

This week we’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls on the budget compromise and where cities came out. NLC, in coordination with cities and towns across the nation, fought hard to preserve priority investments in cities. The issues NLC identified as priorities – like Community Development Block Grants – help our cities get back

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Kobe, Days 2 and 3: From Questions to Answers — The need for local leadership

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. What appeared to be a conference without answers was rapidly transformed on the second day into a conference with significant answers on how governments can work toward improving the health of their residents and citizens.  The answers, the conferees agreed,

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