Tag: Federal Government

Three Things that the Fed and Congress Can Do Now to Help Small Cities Reopen and Recover

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While more than 63% of Americans live in cities, the vast majority of city residents live in communities with populations of 300,000 or less[i]. Cities large and small face financial risks from COVID-19 and the challenge of mitigating its spread. They face extra and increasing costs for essential public safety and health and lost tax

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Lexington, South Carolina is Essential – and Your Community is Too

I’ve known that my town is essential for a long time – long before COVID-19 and the current crisis we’re facing as a nation. I knew before I was elected to Lexington Town Council in 2004. I knew before I joined the National League of Cities, first as a representative of my community, and now

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Cities Are Essential. We’re Fighting to Prove It.

COVID-19 has changed our world.   The landscape, lives and livelihoods of our communities throughout the United States will forever be impacted. As America’s cities, towns and villages face falling revenues, strapped budgets and challenges to health and well-being, one thing is abundantly clear: To chart a path back to normalcy, we must come together as a nation.  Right now, local governments are doing what we do best – care for

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How Mesa is Using Data to Guide CARES Relief

As the third-largest city in the State of Arizona and one of the largest cities in the Unites States, Mesa is taking a proactive approach to learning about our community needs. We decided that the best way to help our residents, our non-profits and our business community was to go directly to the source and ask.  This early research is key to helping Mesa

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State, Local and Federal Partnership: An Essential Tool in Addressing COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded an “all-hands-on-deck” response from all levels of our nation’s governance structure. Mayors, council members, city and county health officials, governors, as well as the Administration and Congress, are all working to ensure that response and recovery efforts are “locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.” In communities large and small,

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The Deal is Done: How Much Can Cities Expect from the 3rd Coronavirus Package?

Today, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which, among many things, provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the CARES Act, provides $150 billion for state, local and tribal governments to use to cover

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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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House Introduces CLEAN Future Act

2020 is a benchmark year for attaining sustainability and climate goals. Last week, House Energy and Commerce Democrats released a legislative framework for addressing climate change through economy-wide solutions, including the power sector, buildings, transportation, and industry. In July 2019, the Committee adopted the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The

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2020 Federal Advocacy Outlook

Congress is back in session and America’s cities, towns, and villages are looking for 2020 to be a year of action, partnership, and progress. For local leaders and their residents, this year is about addressing critical community priorities before the legislative process slows during the election cycle. Here are a few key things we expect Congress

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Congress Closes 2019 With a Flurry of Activity 

Before leaving Washington for the holidays, Congress made headlines with an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 and avert a shutdown. However, the federal government also completed a large amount of legislative and regulatory activity that you may have missed. Congress slipped a tax-extenders bill into its FY2020 spending

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