Author: Spencer Wagner

Three Strategies to Restore City Rights in an Era of Preemption

From negatively impacting zoning and tax laws, to making it impossible for local governments to raise the minimum wage or mandate sick leave, state interference — or preemption — can have dire consequences for our communities. The evolution of preemption—from a pragmatic tool to resolve conflicts in law to a weapon used to limit local

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How Lincoln, Nebraska Weathered the Great Recession

In advance of our annual City Fiscal Conditions report release eventin Washington, D.C. on October 28, this blog takes a look at how Lincoln, Nebraska weathered the recession. This information and more is explored in depth in this story map. Ten years after the Great Recession, some cities have rebounded, others have not. Amid decelerating

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What a Broadband Preemption Victory in Arkansas Means For Rural Cities

For those of us lucky enough to live in areas with easy access to high-speed internet, it can be easy to forget: access to broadband is not created equal. For many in rural areas and even suburban communities, there might be very little or nearly non-existent internet access. More than connecting to Netflix, Facebook or

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