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A group of mostly mayors encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to refocus its efforts on new broadband investment, instead of preempting their oversight of public rights of way.
The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.
The officials appeared before a Senate committee. Finding money for President Trump's public works plan remains a sticking point.
Nebraska's Deb Fischer, who chairs a Senate transportation subcommittee, made her remarks as the Trump administration is stumping for three new, major public works grant initiatives.
Localities want more of a say in broadband policymaking. The U.S. wireless industry wants to win its race with China.
The effort will take place this week as part of the National League of Cities 2018 Congressional City Conference.
“We all know that current federal funding comes nowhere close to meeting the demand,” said Eve O’Toole, Holland and Knight local government group co-leader. “And we’re seeing those costs shifted to local government.”
We asked South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about a recent Politico headline, automation and much more at SXSW.
The White House has called for axing the grant program in each of the two budget plans it has sent to Congress.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are the only city officials to individually sign on.
There were frictions over issues involving funding and environmental permitting in a hearing on Thursday.
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air—even as the agency seeks to roll back regulations on pollution.
, The Atlantic
March 1, 2018
Rep. Gerry Connolly, of Virginia, also offered his views Tuesday on where things stand with a recently created U.S. House task force on intergovernmental issues.
The local government leaders say they'd benefit from the "support and certainty that a federal framework for reducing the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions could provide."
Including for so-called "circuit rider” programs that involve experts who visit communities to help them out with drinking water and wastewater issues.
The proposal may not align perfectly with what many local officials are looking for. But they’re pleased to see it fueling further discussion in D.C. about infrastructure.
FEMA wants state and local governments to play a 'larger role' post-disaster while shifting those funds to mitigation.
States and localities would play a big role in reaching the Trump administration's $1.5 trillion goal for investment in public works.
"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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