Category: Federal Government

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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Think the Shutdown Only Affected the Federal Government? Warrenton, Virginia Says Otherwise

This is a guest post by Sean Polster, At-Large Councilmember from Warrenton, Virginia. The longest Federal Government shutdown in history ended last week, but American residents are still on edge. A lot of the focus, and rightly so, was on the 800,000 government workers furloughed without pay, the federal workers ordered to work without pay

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In 2019, Cities Renew Focus on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

The start of 2019 welcomed the 116th Congress to our nation’s capital and brought a renewed opportunity to make meaningful legislative gains on behalf of American communities and residents. Unfortunately, the federal government shutdown has dominated the policy conversations in Washington and caused a ripple of consequences across the country. The National League of Cities

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Federal Shutdown Ends, but Damage to Cities Remains

Update: On Friday, January 25, President Trump and Congressional leaders announced a short-term agreement to reopen the federal government, ending the longest government shutdown in American history. Local leaders are encouraged that our federal partners are ready to put forward a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown, but the damage has been done —

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What the Shutdown Means for the Census

Unlike many other federal agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau has an unusual budget that waxes and wanes in 10-year intervals as it prepares for America’s largest domestic mobilization effort — the decennial census. While the Bureau typically survives government shutdowns with minimal long-term impacts, this particular shutdown comes right as the Bureau begins its final

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Help Your Residents Get the Tax Returns They Deserve

Roughly 20 percent of eligible taxpayers don’t claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they file their yearly taxes. That means many of your residents are leaving money on the table at tax time – money they can use to stabilize their family budgets and boost the local economy. The National League of

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