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Oct 20
Protestors
Protestors
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Immigration

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his way, the answer will be yes.

Or at least, so Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee — shortly after two federal district courts temporarily prevented the third travel ban from going into effect. But the full story is more complicated.

Back on March 6, President Trump signed an executive order (the second travel ban) prevented…

Oct 20
Senators discuss the budget.
Senators discuss the budget.
  • Federal
  • Budget

Thursday evening, the Senate passed the FY2018 Budget reconciliation spending blueprint, paving the way for a potential $1.5 trillion tax cut. In a misguided effort to provide a pay for an ambition tax reform plan yet to be seen, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) proposed an amendment that opens the door to a cap or elimination of deductibility of the state and local tax deduction (SALT).…

Oct 19
Greektown
Greektown
  • Economic Development
  • Community

Proposals to capture one of the most coveted economic development deals in history — Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2 — are due. While some cities (here and here) have not been swayed to join the hunt, there are no doubt hundreds of submissions, and nearly the same amount of speculation about which one of these will be successful.

Analysts have combed through Amazon’s requirements …

Oct 19
Healthy older couple
Healthy older couple
  • Aging
  • Health & Wellness
  • Elderly Care

This is the second piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country. Find the first installment here.

The National League of Cities (NLC) was recently back on the road — this time to discuss healthcare. Williamsburg, Virginia, home to the College of William & Mary,…

Oct 18
Santa Clara
Santa Clara
  • Strategy
  • Social Justice

On any given night in Santa Clara County, California, thousands of people experience homelessness. Homelessness is expensive for Santa Clara, costing emergency room visits, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice resources — not to mention its human toll.

In an attempt to alleviate both human and economic costs, Santa Clara has provided community-based…

Oct 17
Meeting
Meeting
  • Aging
  • Pedestrian
  • Health

In his address at Harvard University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us.” This concept neatly encapsulates the work that AARP is doing to make the places that we live great for people of all ages.

Our cities and towns are the places where we, as Americans, are figuring out how to…

Oct 16
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
  • Education
  • Equity

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our fourth stop, we discover how the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas, is making local and regional connections to meet its almost $50 billion industry demand.  

This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey Hutchinson. This is the…

Oct 13
Youth worker.
Youth worker.
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Youth & Family
  • Summer Learning

This summer, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.

ASYW helps youth establish strong financial habits by increasing access to direct deposit and teaching youth employees to save…

Oct 12
A city at night.
A city at night.
  • Finance
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Retirement

This is the first piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country.

The National League of Cities recently visited Wichita, Kansas for the annual conference of the League of Kansas Municipalities. The conference had a huge turnout, and while most probably came to see our…

Oct 11
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Taxation

For years, local authorities have tangled with online retailers over sales tax collection within communities. But this fall, a new development in a blockbuster Supreme Court case could force the issue into the national spotlight.

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992), the Supreme Court held that states cannot require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.…