Wildfires Are A Community Design Problem

This is a guest post by Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Yucel Ors of the National League of Cities. Every mayor or city manager has read an article or watched a news clip focused on a community ravaged by wildfire. Many have even witnessed firsthand the economic, environmental, and social implications that

Continue reading

MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Awards $11.3M to Local Sites

Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety.  Local policy efforts and practices can contribute to the national movement to end mass incarceration.

Supreme Court Hears Partisan Gerrymandering Case

All eyes and ears were focused on Justice Kennedy today during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Gill v. Whitford. In this case, the court is asked to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering (redistricting to advantage one political party) is unconstitutional. In the 2012 election, in

Continue reading

Five Cities Will Join the Jails and Justice Technical Assistance Project

Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest, supporting community-based alternatives to jails, and creating supports for people returning from incarceration. The NLC Institute for Youth,

Continue reading

NLC Equity, Education and Employment Summer Road Trip Austin: The Master Plan – Equity in Opportunity Bridging Workforce and Education

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. In Austin, we meet with key stakeholders and Mayor Steve Adler to learn about the next steps in ensuring equity in access to opportunity. This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and

Continue reading

15 Cities Selected for New “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation” Initiative

Across the country, issues of racial equity continue to spark unrest in communities. In cities and towns both small and large, our country has been made to repeatedly stare into the face of our scarred past — and to acknowledge the long road ahead. In order to provide support to city leaders and communities dealing

Continue reading

Five Things City Leaders Should Know About Tax Reform

This week, the “Big 6” tax negotiators comprised of leadership from the House, Senate and Administration, released its highly anticipated tax framework. The plan was a slightly updated version of the outline we saw in April. While the new document does provide some answers for cities, many unknowns still remain. Little has changed since the

Continue reading

Supreme Court to Decide Significant Public Sector Union Dues Case (Again)

Last year, the Supreme Court was expected to overrule a crucial precedent supporting public sector unions, but the untimely death of Justice Anton Scalia complicated matters. Now, the case is returning — and a decision seems imminent. In 2016, the Supreme Court considered the case of a nearly 40-year old precedent requiring public sector employees

Continue reading