Category: Federal Government

What Does the Digital Equity Act Mean for Cities?

Closing the digital divide in America is more than just an infrastructure challenge—it’s an economic one, too. Across the country, too many homes and businesses still don’t have access to adequate broadband infrastructure, and in many communities the infrastructure in place is not enough to ensure that all residents get to participate in the local economy.

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Proposed Changes to SNAP Will Have A Direct Effect on Cities’ Economic Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service has proposed a rule that would revise categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps. Specifically, the proposal would provide categorical eligibility only to those who have qualified for ongoing and substantial benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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New Autonomous Vehicle Grants Announced, Congress Contemplates Legislation

USDOT grants go out to leverage testing and data sharing On September 18th, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced nearly $60 million in federal grants to eight projects in seven states to test the safe integration of automated driving systems (ADS) on American roads. This is the second round of grants but this iteration is newly

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Congress to Move on Cannabis Banking

The House plans to hold a vote this Wednesday on the NLC-backed SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595), a bill that would better allow financial institutions to provide banking and insurance services to cannabis related businesses. It is expected to pass the House under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote, limits time

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This Week in Photos: Local Leaders on Capitol Hill

This week, NLC hosted our 2019 Local Leaders Fly-In, during which over 20 local officials met with staffers and Members of Congress in over 40 meetings on Capitol Hill. Over the three-day period, NLC was featured in two Capitol Hill briefings focused on workforce development and housing. We’re proud of and thankful for the local

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EPA, Army Corps Finalizes Repeal of Obama WOTUS Rule

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) finalized a rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The 2015 Rule aimed to clarify which waterbodies are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and define which waterbodies are considered a “waters of the

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What Cities Are Asking Congress to Accomplish This Fall

Congress is back in session and local leaders are looking to Washington for action, partnership and progress. For cities, towns and villages, this fall is about empowering our communities and pushing forward “must pass” bills before the federal legislative process slows during the election cycle. Here are five things we hope Congress will accomplish before

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NLC Community and Economic Development Committee Meets With HUD

The NLC Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee Fall Policy Meeting was hosted in Gaithersburg, Maryland by CED Chair Laurie-Anne Sayles, Councilmember, Gaithersburg, MD.  Located less than 15 miles from Washington, DC, the city of Gaithersburg is one of Maryland’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, and consistently ranks as one of the five most culturally diverse cities in

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FCC Cable Order Effective Date Set

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order on cable franchising has been published in the Federal Register, setting an effective date of September 26, 2019. The order will substantially change cable franchises in many communities by allowing providers to deduct the value of many franchise obligations from their cash franchise payments to communities, and by eliminating local

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The EPA and Clean Water Act Authority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on two separate rulemakings concerning the agency’s authority under the Clean Water Act. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is a water quality certification program. It states that no federal permit or license can be issued that may result in a discharge into “waters of

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