Category: Federal Government

What’s Holding up a $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill?

A $19 billion disaster aid bill has been circulating in Congress for weeks now, but America’s cities, towns and villages have yet to see any of the funds. Once signed, the bill would provide billions of dollars to help communities struggling to rebuild after a series of hurricanes, wildfires and destructive storms destroyed essential infrastructure.

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Congress, It’s Time to Bring Back Advance Refunding Bonds

What can help local governments finance critical new infrastructure, help cities better-weather a recession and save local taxpayer money? It’s not a miracle, nor is it a novel concept. Up until the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, municipalities were able to use a tool known as advance refunding bonds to

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What This Bipartisan Transportation Bill Means for Your City

The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased to support the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act (S. 1098) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). This bipartisan bill supports and improves the highly successful Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Run by the U.S. Department of Transportation, TAP is a collaborative federal transportation program that leverages

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Why the 2020 Budget Debate Indicates More Challenges for Cities

“The Budget devolves responsibility to State and local governments, which are better positioned to assess local community needs and address unique market challenges.” – The President’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, explaining the proposed elimination of the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs for the third straight year. The administration’s budget proposal

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San Antonio Mayor Speaks Up for Cities on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 13th, Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Texas testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on behalf of NLC. The following is a selected set of excerpts from the Mayor’s testimony at the infrastructure briefing: “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs”. The briefing took place during

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Bipartisan Work Needed to Address Aging Infrastructure

This is a guest post by Bill Eller, Vice President, Business Development at HomeServe. He is responsible for working with municipalities to educate and develop the best program options for their residents. America’s aging infrastructure systems are in need of repair and restoration. President Trump issued a call for a bipartisan effort to address our

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Why Now Is the Right Time for Congress to Rebuild with Cities

On Thursday, February 7th, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The following is a selected set of excerpts from the Mayor’s testimony at the infrastructure briefing: “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”. The greater Los Angeles region –

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What a Another Shutdown Would Mean for Towns like Dumfries, VA

This is a guest post by Monaé Satchell Nickerson, Vice Mayor of Dumfries, Virginia. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town of around five thousand residents. If you don’t have a lot of experience with America’s small towns and municipalities, you may think a community like mine might be immune to the effects of a national

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State Municipal Leagues Build Relationships with New Congress

This week, more than 40 executive directors and local leaders from 19 state municipal leagues across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., for NLC’s third annual state municipal league fly-in. At meetings and a briefing on Capitol Hill, state municipal league partners and NLC staff advocated for NLC’s top legislative priorities, including infrastructure investment, preventing

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What Cities Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address

This coming Tuesday, the president will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Though it was delayed by a political impasse and a resulting shutdown of many parts of the federal government, this State of the Union speech comes at a particularly pivotal time in Washington. The address could

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