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Sep 18
Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing that these new requirements and another requirement are unlawful and/or unconstitutional.

Now, an Illinois…

Sep 18
Students.
Students.
  • Education

Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students, parents, teachers, elected officials, college presidents, business leaders, nonprofits, the U.S. Under Secretary of Education and many others — sat (and stood) to celebrate the official launch of the…

Sep 15
A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.
A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.
  • Equity

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection, by 2044 people of color will make up more than half of the U.S. population — meaning that in just 30 years non-Hispanic White Americans will no longer constitute a majority.

The Pew Research Center (PRC) projects that by 2060 the U.S. population will be about 43% White, 13% Black, 8% Asian, 6% Other, and a whopping 31% of the…

Sep 15
Online shopping, by Getty.
Online shopping, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

Following a predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, the state of South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will require the U.S. Supreme Court to take the unusual step of overruling precedent.

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, decided in 1992, the Supreme…

Sep 14
Charlottesville.
Charlottesville.
  • Leadership & Management

It’s been a tough month for the city of Charlottesville. As Vice Mayor, as the only African American on the city council and as a person, I know that it will take Charlottesville — and the rest of the country — time to heal. As we look back the violence that occurred on August 12th, we must confront the bigotry and hate that still haunts our country, and find a way to build the infrastructure…

Sep 14
Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.
Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.
  • Veterans Homelessness

Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.

Since 2002, September 11th has been recognized as a National Day of Service. The day is set aside to honor what happened in the face of the horror and tragedy that Tuesday morning in 2001…

Sep 13
Children at play, by Getty.
Children at play, by Getty.
  • Education

As mayor of Branson, one of my primary responsibilities is ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of our community. There is no better way to ensure our city’s future than providing our young people with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment outside of the school day.

I have been disappointed to hear about recent attempts to cut or eliminate funding for afterschool…

Sep 12
San Francisco, by Getty.
San Francisco, by Getty.
  • Finance

When the Great Recession hit in America, city governments felt the effects acutely. Growth in municipal budgets contracted noticeably as hiring freezes, service changes, and even bankruptcies rolled across the country.

Now, that continuous fiscal growth may be slowing, according to a new report.

NLC’s 2017 City Fiscal Conditions, a survey of city finance officers, reveals the…

Sep 08
NLC leaders at the White House.
NLC leaders at the White House.
  • Federal

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 leaders traveled to Washington to represent…

Sep 08
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

In the summer, the Supreme Court is not in session — but outside stakeholders continue to file briefs in preparation for fall arguments.

Last month, NLC joined three Supreme Court amicus briefs filed by the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). These three diverse cases covered many facets of local government — though only one concerned a specific city.

Artis v. District of…