Category: Federal Government

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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What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order?

On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order, which will go into effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, has two major components that will impact local

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Why Washington Should Invest in Community Development Block Grants

From large metropolitan centers to rural villages, investment matters. Even the tiniest of contributions in our communities can make all the difference. In low and moderate-income (LMI) areas, where private investment rarely flows without public incentives, federal investment can make all the difference. For many members of Congress, the question is not whether federal investment

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New NLC Initiative and HUD Grants for Healthy Housing

City leaders now have two new opportunities to help ensure their residents live in healthy housing free of indoor environmental hazards, including a $1 million minimum grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a technical assistance initiative from the National League of Cities (NLC). By placing a priority on

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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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