Category: Legislation

During Infrastructure Week, City Leaders Press Congress to Invest and Rebuild

In meetings on Capitol Hill, city leaders came together during Infrastructure Week 2018 to highlight the current state of America’s infrastructure and tell Congress that we need a federal partner to invest in infrastructure with cities. On Tuesday, May 15, NLC First Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson and HD Committee Chair Gil Ziffer paved the way on

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Water Infrastructure and Workforce Development Supporting the Bay Area

This week, as part of Infrastructure Week 2018, city leaders are convening in Washington to advocate a strong federal-local partnership to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. It’s a crucial time to tell federal leaders in Washington about the local needs, challenges and innovative solutions around infrastructure. From water systems to broadband networks and workforce development, infrastructure

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America’s Cities: Ready to Rebuild Our Nation

This is a guest post by NLC Second Vice President Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles. This week, city leaders across America are taking part in Infrastructure Week to advocate for a national effort to renew our crumbling infrastructure. Such an effort is badly needed and long overdue. Cities are ready to restore and improve our

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To Improve Infrastructure, Washington Experts Turn to Workforce Development

This week in Washington, policymakers, industry experts and city leaders have gathered to tell Congress and the Administration a crucial message: We must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But that doesn’t just mean finding the necessary funds to fix physical infrastructure. Investing in America’s infrastructure future also means focusing on the workforce that

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Starts with a Skilled Workforce

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities, adapted from remarks delivered for Infrastructure Week. This week in Washington, D.C., — and in cities and towns across the nation — policymakers, the business community and everyday citizens are coming together to recognize Infrastructure Week

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Trump Administration Holds Law Enforcement Funding Hostage Over “Sanctuary” Issues

This week, despite continued urging by the National League of Cities and others, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to delay the disbursement of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds for 2017. The reason? Those grants have become a bargaining chip in the DOJ’s escalating feud with so-called “sanctuary cities”. For

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Launching New Jobs, and the ‘Hop’ Streetcar, in Downtown Milwaukee

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign.  In just a short time, after years of work and coordination, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will welcome its newest arrival to the streets of downtown: The first ‘Hop’ streetcar has arrived. Working in coordination with local

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City Council Presidents from across America Convene in Chicago

This is a guest blog from President Pro Tempore Margaret Laurino of the Chicago City Council.  To my right, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young of Baltimore wants to focus on questions of equity. To my left, Vice Mayor David Luna of Mesa, Arizona says the upcoming 2020 Census is one of the top issues on

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Young and Thriving, North Port, Florida Seeks a Better Backbone

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign.  The City of North Port is a young and thriving community in southwest Florida. It’s also one of Florida’s largest cities by area — covering over 105 square miles. Incredibly, the city is only 30% developed right

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What Cities Can Learn from Congress’s Facebook Hearings

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill to answer questions before Congress regarding his company’s recent data privacy revelations. While several members of Congress sought answers regarding Facebook’s plan to prevent this from happening again, the hearings raised issues that are just as pertinent for local government leaders — especially

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