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Apr 14
photo - Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?
photo - Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • Immigration

There are three main questions that cities need to be aware of when dissecting the political rhetoric around sanctuary cities.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don't let Congress leave America's cities behind — join us this week and next as we #…

Apr 14
photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
  • Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Federal
  • Budget

Federally-funded programs like those slated for elimination in President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint have a proven record of results for young children, and simply cannot survive without continued federal support.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two…

Apr 10
photo - Five Ways to Fight the Cuts From Your Own City
photo - Five Ways to Fight the Cuts From Your Own City
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don't let Congress leave America's cities behind — join us this week and next as we #FightTheCuts proposed in the administration's budget.

Now is the time to fight to protect critical funding to cities. Today, Congress starts a two-week…

Apr 10
photo - Seventh Circuit Holds Employees May Bring Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Claims
photo - Seventh Circuit Holds Employees May Bring Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Federal
  • Courts

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling in Hively v. Ivy Tech provides a wider interpretation of nondiscrimination law.

The Seventh Circuit Court has become the first federal circuit court of appeals to rule that employees may bring sexual orientation discrimination claims under Title VII. Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College directly affects state…

Apr 07
photo - Public Health and Housing: You Can’t Have One Without the Other
photo - Public Health and Housing: You Can’t Have One Without the Other
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Partnerships

Partnerships that create a solid connection between housing and healthcare can offer a multitude of benefits for cities, including lower long-term healthcare costs, better educational opportunities, and employment that can help raise income levels.

For more than 20 years, the first full week of April has been designated across the country as National Public…

Apr 07
photo - Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding
photo - Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding
  • Congress
  • Federal
  • Brownfields

"Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate helps us create jobs in distressed communities while simultaneously improving public health and safety."

On Tuesday, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, Pa., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee to advocate for…

Apr 07
photo - Connecting the Three E’s of Healthy Housing
photo - Connecting the Three E’s of Healthy Housing
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Open Data

These cities show that a commitment to equity, engagement and enforcement can provide city leaders with the information they need to adopt an integrated approach to healthy housing efforts that is driven by data, informed by the community, and addresses housing code violations.

This post was co-authored by Michelle Miller and Alyia Gaskins. It is part of NLC’s…

Apr 07
photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
  • Civic Engagement
  • Budget

In this guest post celebrating Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, Commissioner Gil Ziffer explains how the proposed federal budget cuts to service programs like AmeriCorps will have a significant impact on cities.

This is a guest post by Commissioner Gil Ziffer. This is the first post in a series on the programs eliminated in the Trump Administration's FY 2017…

Apr 07
photo - Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap – But States Are Standing in the Way
photo - Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap – But States Are Standing in the Way
  • Preemption
  • State
  • City Government

NLC Research Director Christy McFarland discusses how state preemption of local authority may be adding to the gender wage gap.

The full version of this post can be found on Route Fifty.

Tuesday – dubbed Equal Pay Day – symbolizes roughly how many days into the new year that women must work to earn what men did the previous year. As grassroots efforts…

Apr 07
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Federal
  • Immigration

The executive order is under litigation – but how worried should cities be that the president will actually take away money from sanctuary jurisdictions in the near future?

Five days after assuming office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening to take away federal funding from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. The executive order leaves…