Attendees heard from a variety of Cabinet-level officials on issues of importance to cities, as well as President Barack Obama himself on his new TechHire
, a multi-sector effort to empower Americans with skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy.
In addition to conference activities, League representatives advocated in the Capitol on city and priorities. The delegation was led by officers President Stephany Aguilar, First Vice President Dennis Michael, Second Vice President JoAnne Mounce and Immediate Past President José Cisneros. The officers held meetings with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to discuss transportation and water infrastructure, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and the Marketplace Fairness Act. The League’s advocacy materials
are available for use by cities throughout the year.
The League took advantage of a break in the House calendar to brief the staff of California congressional delegation on the 2014 California Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment
, stressing the importance of a long-term transportation bill to support the maintenance and preservation of the existing system. The League thanks the offices of U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-19) and U.S. Representative Ken Calvert (R-42) for hosting the successful briefing.
During the briefing, League staff warned inaction will cost the taxpayers an additional $11 billion in a short five years. The current federal transportation reauthorization expires in May 2015, so Congress must act now to not only stabilize, but also increase, transportation funding. The League encourages city officials to reinforce this message in district meetings with their congressional representatives.