Nation's Cities Weekly

Monthly publication has articles and news briefs that cover municipal issues, such as government, economy, immigration, housing and transportation and after school programs.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 27, July 7

Clinton Administration Releases New Strategy for Global Communications Infrastructure
Noting that preempting "harmful actions" by state and local governments was a strong motivation for a new Presidential strategy on global electronic commerce, President Clinton and Vice President Gore released a proposed federal policy and framework...
Clinton Offers New Tax Cut Proposal
President Clinton offered to meet House and Senate Republicans part way on tax breaks as House and Senate tax writers prepared to meet this week to begin to work out their differences on nearly two thousand pages worth of tax increases and tax breaks....
Clinton Urban Policy Misses the Big Picture
By advance billing, President Clinton's address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in San Francisco in late June, was to encompass the first comprehensive urban agenda of his 4 1/2-year-old administration. Simultaneously, the White House...
COC to Take Place in Award-Winning Convention Center
Attendees at the 1997 Congress of Cities in Philadelphia will be meeting in what has been described as one of the most beautiful and useful convention centers in the country, the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The $523 million Center has made Philadelphia...
Dingell Addresses SCC
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) pledged to look into concerns raised by members of the Small Cities Council Steering Committee about prohibition of state and local taxes for Internet and online services and to continue to work on behalf of cities and towns...
Fire Group Abandons Minimum Response Time Standards; One-Size-Fits-All Approach Rejected
One-Size-Fits-All Approach Rejected Bowing to enormous opposition from local governments and other public employer groups, the 1200 Committee on Fire Service Organization and Deployment of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) abandoned...
HELO Strengthens Alliance with Latino Officials
At the completion of its summer meeting, members of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) of NLC made a strong commitment to focus on providing opportunities for students through a number of new avenues that HELO will...
High Court Voids Brady Law in Part
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court recently overturned the portion of the 1993 Brady handgun control law that requires state and local law enforcement officers to conduct background checks on prospective handgun purchasers. "The Federal Government...
Mini City Halls Improve Services
When her neighbor's brush pile grew into an unsightly mound, an irritated Dagni Harkema looked no farther than her son's elementary school for help. She didn't have to call city hall in Scottsdale, Ariz. Instead, she sought a familiar face just...
NLC Public Safety Committee Responds to Internet Court Decision
"While parents will always have the ultimate responsibility for protecting their children, government should help provide them the tools to do that in areas where the parent has little access or control, such as with the Internet. We have already...
NLC Releases Global Economic Study; Most Cities Positive about Economic Competition
A majority of city leaders in the United States believe the rise of a more competitive global economy has brought more benefits, overall, than disadvantages for their communities. A NLC survey released last week also describes the ways in which...
Small Cities Tackle Big Issues
Local elected officials from 20 states gathered to discuss developments on key federal issues such as electric utility deregulation and telecommunications, and to explore new approaches for dealing with the day-to-day challenges of governing smaller...
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State and Local Government in Religious Freedom Ruling
The Supreme Court struck down a second federal mandate and intrusion into traditional state and local authority last week when it overturned the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). Saying that the sweeping coverage of the Act "ensures...
Think Twice about Those Tree Grates
Many U.S. cities are losing their downtown street trees to a new enemy: metal grates. The problem comes when private developers install metal grates around trees and then fail to expand them over time, causing the trees to eventually strangle...