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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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ICMA-RC, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, is encouraging public employees to take small steps toward planning for retirement during National Save for Retirement Week, an effort to promote the importance of saving for retirement. As part of…

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This article originally appeared in Governing on October 11, 2013.  

 

When cities struggle, as Detroit is doing now or New York did nearly 40 years ago, why don’t they just follow the…

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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…

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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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