Author: Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman

How City Leaders Should Engage with the Refugee Resettlement Order

On September 26, 2019, the President signed an Executive Order that puts into place new requirements for State and Local governments on issues pertaining to refugee resettlement. The EO states that refugees shall only be resettled in those jurisdictions in which both the State and Local government have consented to receive refugees under the Department of State’s Reception

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Cities Lobby Congress on Substance Use, Mental Health and Homelessness

Every day cities, towns, and villages across the country face challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness. An effective response by municipal leaders requires a comprehensive, multi-sector approach. On Wednesday, October 30, the National League of Cities held a briefing on Capitol Hill so that local leaders could tell Congress what they need,

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America Needs a Bigger Healthcare Workforce

For cities across America to remain competitive, and to continue to create healthy and vibrant communities, our nation needs to ensure that we have a trained and skilled workforce. The U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million more healthcare workers by 2025 to meet the growing workforce gaps that exist in every occupation across the

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Proposed Changes to SNAP Will Have A Direct Effect on Cities’ Economic Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service has proposed a rule that would revise categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps. Specifically, the proposal would provide categorical eligibility only to those who have qualified for ongoing and substantial benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What Does the Shutdown Mean for Food Stamps?

Just last month, Congress passed an $867 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which supports programs that have a significant impact on American communities through investment in rural development, promoting conservation efforts and supporting local food and nutrition programs. Chief among these food and nutrition programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program most

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Washington Takes Action on Key Workforce Investments

This year, the National League of Cities (NLC) is focused on telling the story of city infrastructure through our Rebuild With Us campaign. Together with local leaders, we’re calling on Congress and the administration to work with cities to invest in the roads, bridges, waterways and broadband networks that make up the economic backbone of

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To Improve Infrastructure, Washington Experts Turn to Workforce Development

This week in Washington, policymakers, industry experts and city leaders have gathered to tell Congress and the Administration a crucial message: We must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But that doesn’t just mean finding the necessary funds to fix physical infrastructure. Investing in America’s infrastructure future also means focusing on the workforce that

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In the Senate, Immigration Reform Hits a Wall

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump’s proposed border wall. But after a week of unsuccessful bargaining and a series of

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In San Francisco, Urging Congress to Invest in Infrastructure

As President Trump prepares to release his principles for an infrastructure package — and as Congress develops their own list of priorities — city leaders know that our communities need strong investment in all areas of infrastructure to remain competitive in the modern economy. America’s cities are already working towards creating that future, and look

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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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