How Tempe, Arizona is Navigating the Shutdown Crisis

This is a guest post by Robin Arredondo-Savage, Councilmember from Tempe, Arizona. The continued federal government shutdown poses serious concerns for the city of Tempe. At risk are several housing and human services programs, the construction of Tempe Streetcar and support for public safety initiatives. To manage the potential damaging effects of a prolonged shutdown, we

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Shutdown Impacts: Water Infrastructure, Environment and Public Lands

This week, the House is set to vote on a standalone bill to fund the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – a bill that passed both chambers of Congress last Summer. This bill, which largely mirrors the Senate-passed bill, will reopen our national parks and provide important funding for

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What Does the Shutdown Mean for Food Stamps?

Just last month, Congress passed an $867 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which supports programs that have a significant impact on American communities through investment in rural development, promoting conservation efforts and supporting local food and nutrition programs. Chief among these food and nutrition programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program most

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What a Lapse in Appropriations Could Mean for Cities

As a partial government shutdown continues into its third week, the impacts of a funding lapse for affected agencies are beginning to become more visible. Among the seven federal spending bills that lapsed in December is the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. While the name indicates that it provides funding for the Department

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How the Prolonged Shutdown Will Affect Your Local Economy

Following last night’s address from President Trump and the Democratic leadership response, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony released the following statement: “Each day the shutdown continues, our residents suffer as it becomes harder to rebuild our infrastructure, assist low-income households and invest in community development. Countless local businesses that

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One Small City’s Big Steps to Undo Systemic Racism

The Village of Park Forest, Illinois was established in 1948 to house military veterans as the nation’s first planned community after World War II. Park Forest was initially designed as one of the few communities without restrictive covenants by religion. Building on that ten-year tradition, Park Forest was racially desegregated in 1959 when the first African-American

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Three Commitments for Local Leaders in 2019

As we begin 2019 and lay out plans for our communities, it is equally important to take time to set personal intentions for the new year. Here are three commitments that I hope every local leader can make in 2019. Put yourself (and your family and friends) at the top of your priority list There’s

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The Future of Work Begins with a City’s Youngest Residents

As city leaders across the country develop strategies to prepare residents for changing job trends, here is one strategy you might not have considered: early childhood education. While young children may seem a far cry from our workforce, there are several reasons why any city leader preparing for the future of work in their communities

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Austin Steps Up Efforts to Improve Access to High-Quality Child Care

In an effort to increase the number of high-quality child care slots available in the city, the Austin, Texas City Council passed a resolution that directs the city manager to review how service fees could be partially or fully waived for child care providers. These service fees include food service, environmental and fire inspections fees that

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For Cities, Shutdown is About People, Not Politics

On Thursday, January 3rd, the 116th session of Congress began. Although control of the U.S. House of Representatives changed hands from Republican majority to Democratic majority, there is little change among the individual leaders atop each party. On January 2nd, the same leadership that was unable to prevent the partial federal government shutdown last month,

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