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Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the national economy. It's how cities pay for the services, invest in infrastructure and support the municipal workforce. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. 

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Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM), the nation's first mutual municipal bond insurer endorsed by the National League of Cities, recently reported that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has affirmed BAM's AA/Stable…

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Cities are seeking new ways to help stretch lean budgets and meet changing resident needs. Joint use agreements allow cities to team up with school districts and other partners to find practical and programmatic synergies by maximizing use of…

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WASHINGTON - The "Big 7" state and local government associations and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) today released Pension Funding: A Guide for Local Officials to provide key facts about public pension plans and a brief…

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Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), The National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) today called on Congress and the Administration to reject any proposals to…

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Washington, DC - The following statement is from Marie Lopez Rogers, president of the National League of Cities (NLC) and mayor of Avondale, AZ in response to today's introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act:

"We support quick…

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Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary revised unemployment estimates.  It appears that the economy actually netted 386,000 jobs this year, but only after accounting for a loss of 67,000 government jobs. This…

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As cities look for new ways to cut costs and streamline government operations, a new payment solution offered by NLC, the NLC Procurement Card Program (P-Card), brings both cost savings and efficiencies to city purchasing. 

The NLC P-Card…

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With the endorsement of NLC, Build America Mutual (BAM) launched today, adding a mutual insurer to the municipal bond market. See news release at www.buildamerica.…

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by Gregory Minchak

The National League of Cities Center for Research & Innovation has received a three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study city governments' responses to and recovery from the…

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Christopher Hoene

For a moment I thought it was April Fool’s Day, not Leap Day.  Why? Former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, now with Governing, blogged on February 29 that Stockton, California’s plan to declare default on $2…