Category: General

What City Leaders Should Know about South Dakota v. Wayfair

On Thursday, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court handed down a major victory in South Dakota v. Wayfair, concluding that state and local governments can require remote retailers with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes. After years of congressional inaction, the decision brings cities one significant step closer

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States and Local Governments Win Landmark Online Sales Tax Case

On Thursday, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect sales tax. According to the court, which ruled in a 5-4 decision, “economic and virtual contacts” are enough to create a “substantial nexus” with the state allowing

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America’s Homeowners are Financially Unprepared for an Emergency

When researchers ask the average American whether they could handle the cost of an unexpected home repair project, the answer is simple: no. That lack of financial preparedness is compounded by the fact that many homeowners do not understand what their homeowner’s insurance actually covers. This leaves many American homeowners in a tough spot when

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Help NLC Learn About Workforce Strategies for Families

Does your city consider the unique needs of parents and families when designing workforce development strategies? Does it conduct targeted outreach to make sure parents know about jobs and training opportunities available to them? Recognizing the importance of family economic stability to the health and vitality of all cities, the National League of Cities Institute

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Man Arrested for Disrupting Council Meetings Can Sue, Supreme Court Says

According to the Supreme Court, Riviera Beach, Florida, resident Fane Lozman may be the only person to fit within a “unique class of retaliatory arrest claims.” It may not be a very auspicious honor — but the designation was all it took for Lozman to win his (second) Supreme Court case. In an 8-1 decision

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On Gerrymandering, Supreme Court Decisions Offer Little Clarity

In 1986, a majority of the Supreme Court agreed that partisan gerrymandering may be unconstitutional in certain circumstances. But in that case, and since then, the court has failed to agree on a standard for when partisan gerrymandering crosses the line. This week, that streak continued. In Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone the

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Nashville

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Last week, during the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship program closing retreat, I interviewed Ashford Hughes, Sr., EED fellow from the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Here, Ashford shares highlights from Nashville’s participation in the EED Fellowship — and his own experience

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How Cities Can Improve Treatment of Homelessness Among Young People

Stable housing provides youth and young adults with a crucial foundation for developing into adulthood. Without stable housing, young people are much more likely to experience a host of negative and traumatic experiences, including arrest and detention in the justice system. City leaders, along with their partners in law enforcement and service providers in the

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Tailoring Reengagement Strategies For America’s ‘Opportunity Youth’

As American as apple pie, “freedom” and “opportunity” are the ideals our country is supposed to represent — and that every city leader strives toward. But for too many young people today, opportunity is a promise unfulfilled, and their freedom to choose what to do, who to be, and how to live is only nominal.

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In Malibu, Local Climate Action With a Global Conservation Goal

While America’s major metropolitan cities often take center stage in national issues, the country’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. This June, we’re highlighting small cities looking to the future as part of Small Cities Month 2018. When he was 14 years old, Mayor Rick Mullen remembers reading the Sea

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