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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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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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CCC Ends Atop Capitol Hill with Advocacy Day

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is the culmination of all the calls to action in NLC’s Congressional City Conference programming. This year, Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day was a huge success and reaffirmed that local-federal leaders must lead together and with urgency, during these unprecedented times.   On Wednesday, March 11th, municipal officials across the 39 states participating in Hill Day were briefed

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Three Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters for Cities

On November 22, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back net neutrality regulations. The current regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in 2015, classified internet service as a “telecommunications service,” and required that all internet traffic be treated equally, without blocking, throttling (slowing down), or paid prioritization (so-called “fast

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How “Qualified Immunity” Protects State and Local Officials

When it comes to “qualified immunity”, state and local governments have experienced a winning streak like no other. Since 1982, the Supreme Court has denied police officers qualified immunity in only two cases. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has reversed a handful of lower court cases denying police officers qualified immunity in

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Six Things City Leaders Should Know About the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee released its long-awaited “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” plan. The proposed tax reform plan aims to streamline the U.S. tax code and create some tax relief for middle and low income Americans by reducing the number of tax brackets, reducing marginal tax rates, and expanding family tax credits.

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Senate Plan Threatens State and Local Tax Deduction

Thursday evening, the Senate passed the FY2018 Budget reconciliation spending blueprint, paving the way for a potential $1.5 trillion tax cut. In a misguided effort to provide a pay for an ambition tax reform plan yet to be seen, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) proposed an amendment that opens the door to a cap or

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In Washington, Competing Forces Work to Reform Healthcare Markets

In Washington, news of the latest healthcare reform efforts seem to change by the hour. But it’s been a particularly productive week on the issue, as both Congress and the Administration made moves to implement competing agendas. Here’s a quick recap of what happened: On October 12th, the Trump Administration made two large announcements impacting

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In Washington, NLC Leaders Represent City Priorities

For Washington, DC, August is a quiet month. With Congress in recess and the President typically on vacation, the federal government has a chance to hear from constituents and work on long-term plans and issues. For NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committees, however, that pause in the action is golden opportunity. This week, over three dozen city

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Six Steps for a Great Public Stakeholder Meeting

Every city has aspirations and concerns beyond its own borders. When Americans elect their local officials, they’re not just looking for day-to-day task managers — they’re entrusting leaders with their city’s future. One of the greatest tools available to deliver on that promise is the stakeholder meeting. For federal advocacy campaigns like #FightTheCuts, stakeholder meetings

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