Mapping the Hard-to-Count Populations in the 2020 Census

The mapping team at the Center for Urban Research of the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center has developed an interactive map of hard-to-count districts for the 2020 Census. Search by congressional district or state legislative district to display hard-to-count neighborhoods and other details. Here are some of their suggestions for using the…

Help Save the Transit Benefit

Last week, the White House and House and Senate Republican leadership unveiled a tax reform framework. As a part of tax reform, Congress is considering eliminating the transportation fringe benefit. This benefit provides commuters with tax-free employer provided parking and transit. Eliminating this benefit would impact almost all commuting Americans. Additionally, eliminating this benefit would…

Senate AV START Act

The Senate autonomous vehicles bill was approved by voice vote out of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee yesterday. An amendment to include vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds was withdrawn, but Chairman John Thune (R-SD) has indicated this could still be added later by the full Senate. The National League of Cities, National Association of…

Cutting the Red Tape; USDOT Federal Register Notice

On Monday, NARC attended an event with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to discuss regulatory reform and a federal register notice for comments on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification. The presentation included information on USDOT’s vision and background motivation for regulatory reform, and a question…

Video: Dennis Smith on the History of MAG and Its Founder

Jack Debolske, the former head of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), passed away this month. Behind the scenes, Debolske helped shape the development of the Phoenix area, probably more than any other single figure. Listen to MAG Executive Director Dennis Smith tell us more about the…

FEMA Resources for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been at the forefront of our thoughts for a couple of weeks now. We admire all the hard work our members and partners are doing to respond and recover from the recent aftermath of these catastrophic events. As many agencies, organizations, and individuals continue to provide preparedness and relief efforts…

LOT Coalition Letter Re: Woodall #28

Earlier today, NARC and other local government organizations sent a letter to the House opposing the proposed amendment (Woodall #28) to the Transportation – Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018 (H.R. 3354). The amendment would: Eliminate the exemption for STBGP and safety programs, making them subject to…

Maine Using Creative Workforce Programs to Improve State Economy

The Maine unemployment rate hit a 40-year low of three percent this spring. While some were quick to applaud political actions, others were more convinced the success had to do with workforce programs. The state has grown concerned about its shrinking population and deep skills gap, so new workforce programs are underway to connect understaffed…

Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program

In a press conference earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of today, no new applications will be processed, and renewals under this program won’t be available six months from now (to give Congress time to act). Implemented in 2012, the program allowed people who came…

2020 Census to Determine $6 Trillion in Funding Over Next 10 Years

A new report has been released by George Washington University to better understand the financial impacts of the 2020 Census for states and local areas. In fiscal year 2015 alone, the report shared that 50 states and D.C. received almost $600 billion from 16 large Census-guided programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, and Highway Planning and…

EPA to Host 10 Hearings on WOTUS Rewrite

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally proposed back in July to repeal the “waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule under the Clean Water Act, which the agency called too vague and far-reaching. EPA is hosting a series of 10 teleconference meetings this fall to discuss how they should rewrite the rule. Nine of the…

Tax Reform Pushed to December

The deadline for tax reform legislation has been pushed yet again to a later date. Roll Call reported that Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) of the Senate Finance Committee expects to pass tax reform around Christmas Eve. In an interview with Financial Times, White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn also predicts tax reform will be…

Opportunity for Cities to Issue First Public Environmental Impact Bonds

Interested in Environmental Impact Bonds (EIB)? Quantified Ventures and Neighborly are looking for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for two cities to be the first to issue publicly marketed EIBs this fall. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Neighborly and Quantified Ventures will offer their services pro bono to help the selected cities structure, market, and underwrite…

California and San Francisco Sue DOJ Over Sanctuary Cities

The State of California and the City of San Francisco have filed separate lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Trump administration’s plans to withhold federal public safety grant funding from cities and counties that do not comply with new sanctuary city policies. They join the City of Chicago, who filed a…

Budget and Appropriations Call Resources

In response to budget and appropriations requests for information, NARC hosted a conference call last week. Both the National Association of Counties (NACo) and National League of Cities (NLC) provided important county and city perspectives during the call. Here are some resources from the call: Call Summary Fast Facts – House Appropriations Fast Facts –…

NARC Past President Patsy Ticer Passes

NARC mourns the loss of Patsy Ticer, who passed away on Monday, August 7. Ms. Ticer was Alexandria, Virginia’s first female mayor, a four-term state senator, president of NARC, and chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. She held elected positions in Virginia for almost three decades, touching almost every facet of Alexandria life…

EPA Setbacks Re: Obama Administration Regulation Rollbacks

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has been working quickly to repeal a list of environmental regulations from the last administration. States and environmental groups have taken EPA to court multiple times in the last few months to block deregulations, leading to some setbacks for the agency. Last Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals…

NARC Advocates for Job Training and Workforce Programs

NARC participates in the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce coalition, a collection of national organizations that advocate for federal investment in skills-building programs to improve our national workforce. On Friday the coalition submitted a letter to the chairman and ranking members on the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to pass a Labor, Health and…

Senate THUD Bill

Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $60.1 billion FY2018 spending bill that provides $3.6 billion more than the House Appropriations version. The Senate total includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The Senate measure would provide $19.5 billion in discretionary funding for USDOT, $3.3 billion more…

NARC Urges T&I Committee to Reauthorize and Improve EPA’s Brownfields Program

Today the National Association of Regional Councils, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, and U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to reauthorize and improve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program under the Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 1758). Suggested…

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