Category: Federal Government

Reminding Washington That Cities Lead

Leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., city representatives held 42 meetings this week with federal officials, working to build local-federal partnerships and tell Congress why city priorities will help to move America forward. This post was co-authored by Carolyn Berndt, Angelina Panettieri and Ashley Smith. State Municipal Leagues Join NLC

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Cities Are Part of the Prescription to Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Dr. Ben Carson will likely take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its budget. HUD provides significant resources to cities and their residents – so when it comes to affordable housing assistance, what does that mean for cities? This article was made possible with the research support of American University Department

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Meet Your City Energy and Environment Advocate

“[An overhaul of the EPA] is not something that can nor will happen overnight, but I think we know that it is something the new administration is interested in.”  Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we’ll feature a “Meet Your City Advocate” spotlight as part of a series introducing you to

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Is President Trump’s “2-for-1” Executive Order Actionable?

Without a doubt, state and local governments would benefit from the repeal of many federal regulations – but there are legal barriers to the president’s approach. Through executive orders, presidents are able to direct the work of administrative agencies and implement authority granted to their office by a federal statute or the U.S. Constitution. President

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As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband

“FirstNet is the first effort I know of where cross disciplines – police, fire, EMS, mayors, city councils – have all been united.” -Tom Sorley, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Houston, Texas This is a guest post by Ed Parkinson. The term “Smart Cities” is a popular topic in today’s urban jurisdictions – but what is

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Federalism in Focus

The relationship between the federal and local levels of government has been in the spotlight after just a few short weeks of the new administration. It is clear from public statements, Tweets and an executive order that President Trump intends to shake up political institutions as we’ve come to know them. In this new series,

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What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?

One case in particular gives cities a reason to be excited about this nomination. The authors of Searching for Scalia evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court would be most like Justice Scalia – the originalist, the textualist, and, most importantly, the

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Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges

Judges in New York and Boston, among other cities, have prevented parts of the executive order on refugees from going into effect temporarily, citing possible violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits which will continue to be resolved in

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The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Aileen Carr. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the

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Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding

The State and Local Legal Center’s Lisa Soronen discusses a few possible legal theories cities may rely on if they sue the federal government in the wake of President Trump’s most recent executive order. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities who do not cooperate with

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