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League Officers Advocate for California City Priorities in Washington, D.C.

Focus on Marketplace Fairness Act, Sequestration and Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds

March 15, 2013
The League’s officers and more than 100 other California city officials traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference.
Focusing on NLC and League priorities, California city officials advocated for a balanced approach to deficit reduction instead of across the board cuts, and protection of existing local revenues and opposed eliminating or capping the tax exemption for municipal bonds.
The conference, held March 9–13, covered a range of topics including gun violence, water infrastructure, housing, healthy communities, and more. The League’s officers, President Bill Bogaard, mayor, Pasadena, First Vice President José Cisneros, treasurer, San Francisco, and Past President Mike Kasperzak, mayor, Mountain View, lobbied heavily for California’s cities’ federal priorities. 
The House Committee on Ways and Means has scheduled a hearing for March 19 to discuss tax reform and tax provisions affecting state and local governments where the municipal bonds tax exemption will be reviewed. It is important that city officials represented by one of these members, who have yet to send a letter on this issue, do so immediately. Cities may also submit written testimony on the committee’s website.
California’s four congressional representatives on the committee are:
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-22);
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-34);
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-5); and
Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-38). 
The League has updated the sample letter and resolution and they are available on the League's federal webpage. Additionally, the League’s federal priorities are available on the League's federal webpage.

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