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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…

Sep 08
Children board a schoolbus, by Getty.
Children board a schoolbus, by Getty.
  • Leadership & Management

Across the country, children are returning from summer break for a new school year. For cities, the back-to-school season means intensifying their work to ensure that youth are supported — both in and out of the classroom.

In their State of the City speeches this year, collected in our annual report, America’s mayors emphasized the importance of education in their communities. They…

Sep 06
A worker, by Getty.
A worker, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

Last week, a federal district judge in Texas invalidated a key Obama-era overtime regulation that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime.

Per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), executive, administrative, and professional “white collar” employees do not have to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week.…

Sep 05
Statue image by Getty.
Statue image by Getty.
  • Immigration

Since his presidency began, President Trump has set his sights on rolling back many of the actions of President Obama. At times, that task has proven easy — as with many federal regulations and executive orders.

Other times, the opposition has been fierce.

Enacted under Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed undocumented individuals who arrived…

Sep 04
Education
Education
  • Education

When I talk to citizens, the first thing they bring up is jobs –  jobs for themselves, jobs for their children.

When I talk to business leaders, the first thing they bring up is workers – workers for today, workers for tomorrow.

As Mayor of Dayton, Ohio I want to help connect the dots between these two priorities.

How can we make sure our children can compete in the…

Sep 04
Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
  • Resilience

This week, the catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. But while the storm’s effects were vast, much of the greatest damage was averted by the swift actions of local leaders, first responders, heroic citizens and outside organizations.

As the floodwaters recede and the rebuilding begins, NLC’s partners are offering…

Aug 30
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Economic Development

The National League of Cities’ latest report, Local Economic Conditions: The Untold Story of the Varied Middle, finds that 84 percent of cities say their local economies have improved since 2016. The new analysis reveals a dynamic economic landscape that has given rise to five distinct types of local economies: a highly rural cluster; a large central city cluster; and three types of mid-sized…

Aug 29
Startup economics.
Startup economics.
  • Technology

During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San Francisco flourishes because of the dedication, commitment and resolve of its 30,000 employees.

While our talented workforce does great things every day, there is always room for improvement and innovation. We are constantly making internal…