Robocall Case Has Important Implications for Local Governments

What does Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants have to do with state and local governments? The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether allowing robocalls for government-debt only violates the First Amendment. State and local governments aren’t likely recipients of such calls. In one word the answer is Reed; as in Reed v. Town

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Q&A: Mayor Lovely Warren on Rochester’s Leadership to Address Healthy Housing and a Call to Action

Housing

Part one in a two-part series on city leadership to address healthy housing from Rochester, New York. We are encouraging mayors and city managers across the country to learn from Rochester’s leadership and take the Mayor’s Action Challenge on Lead-Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods pledge. Rochester’s efforts have significantly reduced childhood lead poisonings and made an

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A Big Week for Federal Advocacy

The first week of February ushered in strong federal advocacy efforts by our member cities, towns and villages and reaffirmed National League of Cities’ commitment to federal-local partnership. On Tuesday, February 4, National League of Cities (NLC) hosted a briefing for the San Antonio delegation which included Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilmember Rebecca Viagran, Councilmember Manny

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Austin’s Strategy to Bring Back Middle-Skill Jobs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: In a city where the unofficial

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What Congress Learned from West Wendover

This week, I had the opportunity to represent my city, West Wendover, Nevada, before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. As the Mayor of West Wendover and President of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, I was asked to share the Nevadan experience, opportunities and challenges around

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How Local and State Governments Can Close Revenue Gaps in 2020

By Dennis Michalis It’s been called a billion-dollar prize – the gap between available revenue opportunities and the ability of local, state and federal government agencies to turn those potential revenue opportunities into reality. It’s a challenge that many municipalities face. Research from McKinsey estimates that close to 20 percent of government revenues worldwide –

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Senators Propose Using Satellite Auction Funds on Broadband Infrastructure

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), along with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced legislation to spend part of the anticipated revenues from auctions of the spectrum currently used by satellite companies. The spectrum, known as the C-band, is expected to be reallocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide airwaves for

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For Now, Supreme Court Won’t Review Flint Water Crisis Case

The Flint water crisis was one of the more notable events of the last decade. Unsurprisingly, it led to litigation. So far, the Sixth Circuit has refused to dismiss the case against a number of the state and local government officials who were sued. This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear their case challenging

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SCOTUS Allows Public Charge Rules to Go into Effect Temporarily

The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States. For now, the public charge rule will remain in effect across the country (except in Illinois) until the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court, if it decides to get involved, rules in

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House Releases Infrastructure Framework to Rebuild with Communities

Infrastructure

Yesterday, the House leadership in Congress announced a new “Moving Forward” framework for a $760 billion infrastructure bill. The plan, over the next five years, would rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, railways, airports, ports, inland waterways, wastewater and drinking water systems, brownfields, and broadband. The National League of Cities has been calling on

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