Author: Michael Wallace

For Cities, Shutdown is About People, Not Politics

On Thursday, January 3rd, the 116th session of Congress began. Although control of the U.S. House of Representatives changed hands from Republican majority to Democratic majority, there is little change among the individual leaders atop each party. On January 2nd, the same leadership that was unable to prevent the partial federal government shutdown last month,

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What a Partial Government Shutdown Means for City Leaders

The White House and Congress have failed to reach an agreement on the seven remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations spending bills. Effective midnight, Friday, December 21st, there is a partial federal government shutdown in effect. Earlier this week, the National League of Cities (NLC) called on federal leaders to do their jobs and find

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For Cities, Opportunity Starts at Home

The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Community and Economic Development Committee is consistently one of the largest of NLC’s seven advocacy committees. That makes sense, given that survey after survey has shown that economic development is consistently among the top priorities identified by local elected officials. It doesn’t seem to matter how well or poorly

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What City Leaders Need to Know about the FY18 Spending Bill

This week, city leaders achieved a major legislative victory with the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which boosts funding levels for dozens of city priorities across multiple agencies in the federal budget. For many cities, the threat of significant funding cuts has loomed over council meetings and municipal budget committees for more

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House Leaders Hear NLC on Issues of Preemption and Local Control

On Thursday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member Patrick Wojahn, mayor of College Park, Maryland, testified before the new Bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Relations created by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Ryan opened the hearing, stating “There’s no question that we can work better, as partners, with state,

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City Leaders Will Fight the Cuts Because Cities Are Worth Fighting For

The president’s budget proposal represents a vision of unprecedented withdrawal of federal investment in America’s neighborhoods and communities. President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposes more than $50 billion in domestic spending reductions across the board, and would outright eliminate dozens of programs important to cities and towns. For city leaders, cuts of this magnitude are

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Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill

NLC is laying the groundwork for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, which takes place on March 15 during NLC’s Congressional City Conference. More than 250 meetings have been arranged for local officials to speak with their Congressional representatives about city priorities. This post was co-authored by Michael Wallace and Ashley Smith. Thousands of local officials will

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Federal Advocacy in 2017: In a Year of Transition, Cities Seek Certainty and Opportunity

NLC is advocating for what may be cities’ most important federal priority in 2017: promoting a positive narrative around cities to the incoming administration and new lawmakers in Congress. In the nation’s capital, the remarkable success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election surprised many and started a fresh debate over the message voters wanted to

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NLC Visits Capitol Hill to Promote Role of Local Government in Infrastructure Projects

More than 100 congressional staff, local officials, and media members gathered in the U.S. Capitol to hear NLC leaders explain the role of local government in infrastructure projects including clean water, transit, and broadband internet. On the final day of NLC’s 2016 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., more than 100 congressional staff, local officials,

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