Federal and City Relations

Safety Net Programs, Local Grants on Chopping Block in Trump Budget

Trump’s $4.89 trillion budget proposal faces an uphill battle with Democrats in Congress, who were critical of domestic spending cuts.

Recycling Labels Don’t Reflect Reality for Local Governments

A local government official says the federal government could help by setting standards that make clear what plastics are recyclable.

In State of the Union, Trump Touts Trade Deals, Economic Wins

On the eve of an impeachment vote, President Trump underscored a recent agreement that he said will restore the United States’ “manufacturing might.”

Federal Judge Blocks State, Local Veto Power Over Refugee Resettlement

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that would allow state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees within their borders.

A Plan for Closing the Gap Between ‘Superstar’ Cities and Other Metro Regions

Just five U.S. metro areas were home to more than 90% of tech sector growth between 2005 and 2017. How can policymakers change that?

With 2020 Agenda, Mayors Stake Out Positions on Housing, Guns and Climate

The local leaders also address a range of other issues in their new platform that they want presidential candidates and other contenders for federal office to take notice of.

Congressional Proposals Would Pay For Recycling Education at Local Level

Two new bills would provide funding for state and local governments to better educate consumers about what can and cannot be recycled in an effort to reduce waste.

With ‘Outlier’ 2nd Amendment Case, Supreme Court Could Raise Bar for Gun Laws

The New York City case gives the court a chance to tighten the standards that lower courts use to decide whether firearms regulations are constitutional.

Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from the Feds

The open-source software is already being piloted in at least six states and officials say it can help authenticate results in 2020.

Congress Questions Airbnb Over Scam Host Allegations, Compliance With Local Laws

Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Airbnb to request a briefing to address concerns about the company’s ability to vet rentals.

Mayors Ask Trump Administration to Scrap Plan to Let Cities and States Block Refugees

A coalition of 88 mayors sent a letter to the State Department decrying President Trump’s executive order, which they said would “lead to a patchwork of conflicting policies.”

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What Role Can Manufactured Homes Play in Affordable Housing?

Members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs expressed support for a bill that would encourage state and local governments to consider manufactured homes as part of affordable housing strategies.

Federal Lawmakers Push '.Gov' Web Addresses For Local Governments

A new U.S. Senate bill comes amid concerns that online criminals can “spoof” the public with fake government websites.

How Hundreds of Cities Have Simplified Solar

More than 300 municipalities have received designations from SolSmart, a national program that helps streamline permitting and zoning processes to make solar easier to obtain for residents and businesses.

Congress Could Give Cities an Official Role in International Politics

COMMENTARY | If the City and State Diplomacy Act becomes law, the Office of Subnational Diplomacy it creates would give cities a formal role in U.S. international diplomacy.

Seeking Attention For City Priorities From 2020 Presidential Candidates

A group of local officials is developing a platform of issues they want to see discussed during the race.

Mayors Call For Solar Tax Credit Extension

Citing job growth and investment in the green economy, 231 mayors are calling on Congress to extend renewable energy tax credits through 2027.

Sanctuary Cities Protecting Gun Rights and the Unborn Challenge the Legitimacy of Federal Law

COMMENTARY | Sanctuaries rest on a controversial understanding of what the Constitution means, as well as who has the responsibility for determining its meaning.

Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Law, Judge Rules

The decision could have ramifications throughout the country, as policymakers weigh whether to open facilities where people can take opioids and other illegal drugs.

Why Cities Are Less Powerful in U.S. National Politics

A new book shows the historical roots behind the concentration of left-leaning Democrats in large cities and metro areas.