Local, State Officials Meet with Telecommunications Industry

By Leanza, Cheryl | Nation's Cities Weekly, March 7, 2005 | Go to article overview

Local, State Officials Meet with Telecommunications Industry


Leanza, Cheryl, Nation's Cities Weekly


On March 1, representatives of the nation's leading telecommunications companies announced their decision to hold off on plans to pursue legislation aimed at eliminating perceived "discriminatory" state and local tax burden and to instead continue discussion with state and local government on a possible compromise proposal.

The decision was announced at the second meeting between local and state government officials and executives from the nation's leading communications companies on the issue of communications tax modernization. The meeting took place in the closing hours of the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting in Washington, D.C.

The National League of Cities participated in this meeting as part of a larger coalition of state and local government organizations, which includes NGA; National Conference of State Legislatures; National Association of Counties; Council of State Governments; U.S. Conference of Mayors; National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors; and Government Finance Officers Association.

NLC President Mayor Anthony A. Williams of Washington, D.C., and Mayor Ken Fellman of Arvada, Colo., represented NLC at the meeting.

Last month, the telecommunications industry informed state and local government of its decision to move forward with plans to pursue legislation crafted without input from state or local government. …

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