May 17, 2013
The Department of Transportation has announced the fifth round of TIGER grant funds.
May 13, 2013
NLC has provided a short update on the Marketplace Fairness Act, municipal bonds, FEMA's three national planning frameworks.
April 26, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) this week announced grant funds to be awarded to projects with significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Brief descriptions of each grant program, with links to the various websites, are available to help the application process.
April 22, 2013
Last week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to a vote on S. 743, the most recent of three Marketplace Fairness Act bills introduced by Congress this year. Sen. Reid’s action made the bill eligible to be heard on the Senate floor this week.
April 12, 2013
President Barack Obama on Wednesday released his FY 2014 budget proposal.
March 22, 2013
This week, the League issued a support letter for S. 336/H.R. 684, the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require out-of-state merchants to collect use taxes for electronic and mail sales.
March 22, 2013
The House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss tax reform and tax provisions affecting state and local governments, during which the tax exemption for Municipal Bonds was reviewed.
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.
March 1, 2013
Today, massive across the board spending cuts totaling $85 billion, known as sequestration, went into effect.
February 22, 2013
Without congressional action, the across the board cuts required by sequestration will go into effect on Friday, March 1. And so far, there is no deal in sight.
February 13, 2013
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech. In the hour-long speech, many issues important to cities and city officials were mentioned.
January 23, 2013
Today, the House of Representatives voted 285-144 to suspend the federal debt limit of $16.4 trillion to allow the federal government to continue borrowing through May 18.
January 2, 2013
The fiscal cliff deal Congress passed late yesterday, The American Taxpayer Relief Act, to protect tax breaks for middle and lower-income tax payers, is considered to be short term solution that simply delays the more difficult decisions for two months. Good news for cities, the legislation does not include any changes to current tax exemptions for municipal bond interest.
December 21, 2012
The House adjourned for Christmas on Thursday evening after it became clear that Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) did not have the support of his caucus for the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The Senate is expected to do the same today.
December 14, 2012
This week President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) have met in person and via phone multiple times to discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff.
December 7, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, the federal government is struggling with the looming fiscal cliff. While there is bipartisan support to avoid sequestration, how to do that remains controversial.
December 7, 2012
Eligible cities are encouraged to apply for the following federal grants being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Department of Education (ED), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
November 20, 2012
On Nov. 16, the League board of directors adopted a resolution opposing automatic across-the-board cuts through federal sequestration that will impact core local government programs.
October 12, 2012
On Wednesday, the League hosted a free webinar to discuss the recent developments in the federal sequestration, or across-the-board budget cuts planned to take effect in January 2013, and how cities can take action to mitigate potentially significant losses to vital federally funded local programs.
October 2, 2012
The League will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10 for members and League Partners to learn about federal sequestration.