Federal and City Relations

Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order to Encourage More Training, Other Changes

The order will incentivize police departments to meet use of force training and certification standards, share information about excessive use of force complaints and to dispatch social workers with police on certain calls.

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Limits of Legal Immunity for Police

The court decided not to consider eight cases that challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which has been used to throw out civil lawsuits about police use of force.

Pandemic Aid: What Can We Learn From the 2009 Stimulus?

COMMENTARY | As state and local leaders wait to see if they will get more federal aid to deal with their growing revenue shortfalls, fiscal stability will be more attainable by paying heed to experts who helped the country out of the Great Recession.

Congressional Democrats Introduce Sweeping Police Reform Bill

The legislation would seek to ban police practices such as chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases, as well as require state and local police agencies to collect more data on officers' use of force.

Small Businesses Failed by Federal Bailout Program Turn to Cash-Strapped Local Governments for Help

Thousands of small businesses, especially those owned by people of color, have been left behind by the stipulations of the Paycheck Protection Program. In Texas, local governments are lending millions of dollars and it’s not enough.

America’s Cities Are Under Extraordinary Pressure

Their future is threatened not only by persistent inequality and discrimination, but by the president of the United States.

Fed Again Expands State and Municipal Lending Program

The latest move will ensure that at least two local governments in each state have access to the program, which is designed to help states and localities weather the coronavirus crisis.

Trump Tells Governors They Must ‘Dominate’ With Protest Response and Vows to Order Military Deployment

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Los Angeles Metro apologizes for weekend transit shutdown that stranded riders … Pennsylvania governor promises school reopenings … Boston tries to rapidly build out bike lanes.

House Democrats Offer Coronavirus Package with $1 Trillion for State and Local Governments

The $3 trillion proposal would also allow states and localities to use prior funding to offset tax revenue lost due to the pandemic.

Pelosi Raises Possibility of Local Funding On Top of $500 Billion for States

The House speaker’s comments come amid partisan sparring over how far the federal government should go to help states and localities facing big revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus.

Funding to Offset Local Government Budget Losses is Key to Next Aid Package, House Speaker Says

It would be a shift from the CARES Act, which restricts state and local aid to expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Half of Cities Expect to Cut Public Services Due to Pandemic

As local leaders urge more funding for cities, Congress is locked in a stalemate over funding priorities.

Unions Pushing for Billions in State and Local Coronavirus Aid

Labor groups representing hundreds of thousands of public employees want to see Congress funnel at least another $300 billion to state and local governments.

Small, Mid-Sized Cities Currently Cut Out of Direct Coronavirus Funding

With tax revenues down sharply, all local governments are hurting. But leaders of small and mid-sized jurisdictions in particular are arguing that they need more support.

How Congress’ Competing Coronavirus Bills Would Help State, Local Governments

The latest Senate bill would pit businesses and state and local governments against each other for $500 billion in economic stabilization loans, while a House proposal would set aside $200 billion for states and another pot for localities.

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill to Expand Sick Leave, Free Testing

City mayors are asking for direct funding they can use to help residents as federal lawmakers turn to a third bill to provide economic stimulus amid the pandemic.

Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Same-Sex Foster Parents

Catholic Social Services is fighting Philadelphia’s decision to stop working with the foster agency because it will not place children with same-sex couples.

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.”