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Oct 21
  • Federal

The Cost of Crisis-Driven Fiscal Policy, a study conducted by Macroeconomic Advisers on behalf of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, finds that the uncertainty created by the on-going short-term spending bills and perpetual brinksmanship around the debt ceiling has pushed the unemployment rate 0.6 percentage points higher than it would otherwise have been this year. It also finds that…

Oct 18
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Congress

According to Standard & Poor’s, the cost of the 16-day federal government shutdown was $24 billion.  Twenty-four billion dollars! Twenty-four billion dollars can make a huge difference to cities and the people who live in them.  To drive home the point, I'd like to show you how that same $24 billion could be spent over the next twelve months to help low-income and poor Americans…

Oct 15
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Congress

The ongoing government shutdown hasn’t just frozen vital federal programs and funding streams, it has also made it difficult for citizens frustrated by the gridlock to reach their members of Congress. Federal agencies were not the only organizations forced to furlough thousands of employees – Members of Congress also sent most of their Washington and district office staff home for the duration…

Oct 15
  • Federal
  • Congress

A week ago I wrote a blog about the threat that the shutdown poses to Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. The post noted that “as the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will be able to continue to operate.” Unfortunately, these questions are being answered, and not in the way we had hoped. The impact of the federal government shutdown on…

Oct 11
  • Congress
  • Immigration

Before the government shutdown, Members of Congress and their constituents were talking about important city issues, immigration among them. NLC joins the chorus of voices asking the House of Representatives to move on a common sense approach to immigration reform.  For cities, the issue  is an economic one; immigrants bring incredible talent and energy to communities.  Local…

Oct 11
  • Federal
  • Congress

As the second full week of the federal government shutdown comes to an end, the impact is being felt. Government workers, for example, are not the only workers being affected. Many more people, many in the private sector, are now finding themselves unemployed. Private sector government contractors including the consulting giant Booz-Allen and the engineering and aerospace giant Lockheed-Martin…

Oct 11
  • Finance
  • Transportation
  • Placemaking

This is the second in a series of blogs that will explore the impact TIGER grants have on local communities by helping them better leverage financing options, meet transportation safety goals, and increase overall quality of life by introducing alternative modes of transportation.  Click here for the first blog, which explores Seattle’s Mercer Corridor Project. According to the Best…

Oct 09
  • Advocacy
  • Local

While the U.S. government is stalled and wallowing in its own political dysfunction, I spent last week in the midst of some 3,000 movers and shakers representing the municipal movement on a world-wide scale. These city leaders and professional staff from national municipal associations were gathered in Rabat, Morocco for the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders organized by United Cities…

Oct 09
  • Federal
  • Congress

In a previous blog we wrote about the impact of the federal shutdown on workers, and the fact that unemployment is likely to spike as both public and private sector workers temporarily lose their jobs. But sadly, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on our most vulnerable Americans: those who are poor and elderly. Though it is true that Social…

Oct 08
  • Federal
  • Congress

A week ago, we thought that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), were safe from the impacts of the federal government shutdown. Now, we're not so sure. As the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will be able to continue to operate. If the shutdown does impact WIA programs,…