Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary revised unemployment estimates. It appears that the economy actually netted 386,000 jobs this year, but only after accounting for a loss of 67,000 government jobs. This recent news compounds figures suggesting that as of August 2012, local government employment in the U.S. had decreased by
Lansing, Michigan – The Spartans of old were the lightly armed, highly determined warriors that defended the pass at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. against a vastly superior force of Persians, bent on the complete destruction of Greece. The modern Spartans are the lightly armed and highly determined municipal officials who battle to prevent Michigan from
What might Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman-Hillard or Edelman Public Relations do if they were given the marketing campaign for INFRASTRUCTURE? It’s a terrible word in desperate need of rebranding. What self-respecting PR firm would not jump at the chance to persuade Americans to spend their hard earned dollars on infrastructure instead of tablets or timeshares?
This is the sixth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. Mayor John Monaco of Mesquite, Texas quoted late President Ronald Reagan in his 2011 State of the City speech when he said, “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job…a depression is when you lose yours.” While neighboring
This is the first in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. From our office in Washington, D.C., NLC staff address local issues on behalf of city leaders from across the country. We think we know where city leaders’ heads are, but how do they actually view their cities’ progress? And
Should forgiving student loan debt be the next federal bailout to stimulate our nation’s struggling economy? Robert Applebaum, a New York lawyer and organizer of the aptly-named Facebook movement, “Cancel Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy,” thinks so. While the title isn’t catchy, the words “cancel” and “debt” used in the same sentence is
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shaping up to be one of the worst environmental disasters that has ever hit the United States. What’s worse, being just five years after another devastating disaster, Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast region is no doubt in grave danger as the oil continues to
NLC is receiving a lot of media inquiries about the prospect of cities filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It’s not surprising that the chattering classes are agog about cities going under. It’s a grabber of a headline: “City X Files Ch. 9!” The problem with this story is that the numbers just aren’t there to