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NLC Sets Leadership Priorities Including More Federal Partnership to Drive Innovation and Opportunity

February 13, 2014
The National League of Cities (NLC) selected its federal priorities and called on Congress and the Administration earlier this week to prioritize investments in cities and their residents that encourage and take advantage of the innovation happening on the local level to drive economic growth.
The organization’s federal priorities stress the importance of a new federal-local partnership to further improvements in infrastructure and the workforce. NLC commends the leadership that cities have shown by continuing to fund projects and keep priorities moving despite political turmoil in Washington.
“Advancing this agenda will push economic opportunity into all corners of our cities,” said NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. “These federal actions will provide economic stability to residents of cities across the nation and provide a foundation for a generation of growth.”
NLC opposes any attempt to eliminate or limit the traditional tax exemption for municipal bonds, whether as a part of a deficit reduction plan, a push for comprehensive tax reform or as an offset for new spending. As the Administration and Congress look for revenue to reduce the deficit and still fund programs, the federal income tax exemption provided to interest paid on state and municipal bonds (debt) is under threat. In addition to increasing taxes, the federal government can raise revenue by expanding what is subject to being taxed (broadening the base); as an alternative to raising taxes, interest paid on bonds issued by local governments currently not taxed could lose their exemption from taxation.
Federal Action Priorities in 2014
  • Support Marketplace Fairness;
  • Invest in Local Transportation Priorities;
  • Protect Municipal Bonds;
  • Fix the Nation's Broken Immigration System;
  • Strengthen the Nation’s Education Pipeline; and
  • Support Community Resilience.
Visit NLC’s federal priorities webpage for a full description of its federal agenda.
Register Now for the 2014 Congressional City Conference
Registration is open for NLC’s Congressional City Conference scheduled for March 8–12 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders will join together at this conference to focus on federal policy issues of importance to local governments.
In partnership with NLC, these leaders have a seat at the decision-making table with members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies looking for solutions to address the nation’s most pressing challenges. Additionally, the Congressional City Conference offers the latest news about federal programs, funding opportunities and resources available to implement the most innovative practices at the local level.
The Congressional City Conference includes:
  • Enlightening general session speakers;
  • Constructive engagement with federal policy makers;
  • Dynamic NLC University training sessions;
  • Informative workshops;
  • Meaningful networking opportunities; and
  • Important NLC governance meetings.
Register online. For questions, contact Member Services at (877) 827-2385.

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