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NARC Summary of President’s FY2015 Budget Request

NARC has completed its summary of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request, which highlights core priorities for regions. In other budget news, appropriators in both Chambers of Congress have set their timetable for the FY15 appropriations process to be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Markups are […]

NARC and American University Publish Report on Federal Programs’ Regional Value and Return on Investment

In fall 2012, NARC enlisted the assistance of American University graduate students to collect and evaluate 30 years of federal budget data for six federal programs: the Workforce Investment Act, Federal Highway Administration, Economic Development Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Administration of Aging, and the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds. This […]

Mayor Marie Lopez-Rogers Publishes Editorial on the Role of Local Governments and the Need for Immigration Reform

NARC Board Member, National League of Cities President, and Mayor of Avondale, AZ, The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers published an editorial highlighting the responsibilities and challenges local governments face in dealing with immigration issues. Promoting a call to action in Washington, Lopez Rogers stated, “As city leaders, we have no control over the regulation of […]

Despite Short-Term Debt Ceiling Agreement, Budget Questions Hamper Spending Projections

As a short-term increase to the debt ceiling makes its way through the Senate and likely across the President’s desk, uncertainties still surround possible sequestration, continued government funding and projections for 2014 spending levels. Yesterday, the House passed the “No Budget No Pay Act” (HR 325) to provide a four-month stay on the debt ceiling […]

Hurricane Sandy Relief Passed in House – NARC Thanks Members who Contacted Representatives

$50.5 billion was authorized Tuesday night after long debate to provide relief for States hit by Hurricane Sandy.  An amendment to offset disaster relief by cutting 1.63%  across the board discretionary programs was defeated.  NARC thanks those members who contacted their delegations and urged passage of a “clean” bill.  Including offsets in a disaster relief […]

NARC President Shafer Statement on Passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act

President Shafer, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), today released this statement thanking the President and Congress on action on the “Fiscal Cliff,” but cautioned against sweeping budget cuts. “On behalf of the National Association of Regional Councils, I thank President Obama, Congressional leaders and members for passing the American Taxpayers Relief Act. Fixing the […]

Guest Column: George Rice, iCERT

George Rice, Executive Director, iCERT Across the nation, in times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, the first access point for those seeking all classes of emergency response is 9-1-1.  The public safety communications centers that receive these calls are the first and single point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during an […]

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