Advocacy Letters

2020 Letters

CIAW- Workforce COVID-19 Letter (March 2020)
NARC recently signed a letter as a member of the coalition the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), encouraging Congress to provide vitally needed funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in any further federal COVID-19 stimulus packages. Funding for the workforce system today is even more vital than it was a decade ago given the global impact of the pandemic and lowered levels of economic security across our country.

EDA Coalition Letter COVID-19 (March 2020)
NARC alongside several national organizations representing major national economic development stakeholders recently signed a letter urging both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to address economic response concerns in the next round of supplemental funding for COVID-19 response. Specifically, we asked for targeted funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) including a significant increase in programmatic funding for the agency and for several programmatic reforms to be included in any funding supplemental aimed at addressing the economic crisis of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Municipal Bond Considerations (March 2020)
NARC signed a letter along with 19 national organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of state and local government public finance professionals and members of the municipal bond issuer and user community to express the immediate need for a COVID-19 stimulus package to include the following: restore advance refunding of tax-exempt bonds (H.R. 2772), increase access to capital for small borrowers (H.R. 3967), restore and expand the use of Direct-Pay Bonds.

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Transportation Considerations (March 2020)
NARC, NADO, and AMPO wrote this letter to congress as they develop legislation to promote the public health response and bolster economic recovery to counter the COVID-19 health crisis. The signatories encourage congress to include or consider the following: provide additional funds to metropolitan, regional, and rural planning organizations through the Metropolitan Planning (PL) program, Federal Transit Administration planning funding, and the State Planning and Research (SPR) program, utilize the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, allow funds provided in a stimulus bill to be used as the local share funds for any program, waive all restrictions under 49 U.S.C. § 5307 on the use of funds for operating expenses for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021, and consider ways to accelerate the current reimbursement of funds to states and subsequently to sub-state entities. 

Comments on Disaster Recovery Reform Act (March 2020)
NARC along with a coalition of over 40 organizations urge FEMA to revise and strengthen its approach to its proposed Draft Recovery Policy (Draft Policy) to implement Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) section 1206. Section 1206 permits the Agency to, post-disaster, provide communities with assistance for building code adoption and updating, as well as for improved building code application communitywide.

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) MOU Comments (February 2020)
NARC along with 7 other organizations and local governments recently provided comments regarding the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). As the TCI jurisdictions work toward developing a final MOU, these comments encourage the leadership team to consider several elements that the signatories see as crucial to the successful implementation of a cap-and-invest program.

LOT Coalition FAST Act Reauthorization Letter (January 2020)
NARC signed a Local Officials in Transportation (LOT) Coalition letter asking Congress to leverage local governments’ increased commitment to invest in the nation’s transportation networks by substantially growing the local share of the Surface transportation Block Grant Program (STGBP). The undersigned organizations represent a broad coalition of local stakeholders from cities, counties and metropolitan planning organizations from across the country who respectfully request the Committee’s consideration of raising existing federal commitments to local governments.

Supporting the Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334) (February 2020)
NARC signed the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s national organization letter supporting the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, H.R. 4334. This bill represents bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act which expired on September 30, 2019. NARC and the other 126 national organizations who have signed this letter have a vested interest in the well-being of America’s aging population and write to congress in support of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA).

Funding for Workforce and Education Programs (January 2020)
NARC signed a Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to include adequate investments in workforce and education programs to meet the needs of businesses and workers.

2019 Letters

2020 Census Funding Letter (December 2019)
NARC signed a letter developed by the Census Project letter and sent to Congressional leadership in the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking them to fully fund the 2020 Census as they work to finalize the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills.

Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (January 2019)
NARC signed a Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to include adequate investments in workforce and education programs to meet the needs of businesses and workers.

2018 Letters

Opportunity Zones (December 2018)
NARC’s executive director, Leslie Wollack, submitted a letter to Commissioner Charles P. Rettig at the Internal Revenue Service providing comments regarding the Department of Treasury’s proposed rules relating to the treatment of qualified Opportunity Zone Funds, and on the promise and reach of
Opportunity Zones more generally.

USDOT Autonomous VV 3.0 Comments (December 2018)

Housing and Community Development Funding (November 2018)

ERRATA Motion for Stay (October 2018)