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. 23, No. 15, April 17

2001 Federal Budget Blueprint Almost Final
The Senate finalized its 2001 budget blueprint recently, and as The Weekly went to press House and Senate conferees began meeting to resolve their differences. The final budget agreement is legally due on April 15, and the conferees are expected...
ACEC Members Add Personal Statements to Final Report
Small Business Leaders, Local Officials `Will Not Be Silenced' Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk has pledged that small businesses and state and local officials will "be there every step of the way and will not be silenced" as Congress focuses on the report...
Clinton Signs Bill Eliminating Social Security Earnings Cap; Aids Older Americans
Older Americans in communities across the country who are in need of supplementing their retirement income have won a victory in Washington, since Congress unanimously approved HR 5, a repeal of the Social Security earnings limit. President Bill Clinton,...
E-Commerce Commission Report Delivered to Congress
Last week, e-commerce equity issues were definitely in the spotlight in Washington. Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, chairman of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC), delivered the commission's report to House and Senate leaders. At the...
E-Commerce: Senate Halts Tax Moratorium Extension
Quick work by advocates for tax fairness helped put the brakes on plans to move forward with S. 2255, a bill calling for a five-year extension of the moratorium in the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998. This is a key victory in the fight for tax fairness,...
Government, Business Advocate Tax Fairness on the Internet
They had no voice on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC), so business leaders from some of America's leading retailers, including "dot.com" and catalog sellers, came to Washington to support NLC's call for fairness and a level playing...
House Continues to Make Changes to ESEA, Passes IDEA
The full House Education and the Workforce Committee chaired by Congressman Bill Goodling (R-Pa.) continued tackling amendments last week in an effort to complete action on a comprehensive bill (HR 4141). The bill would authorize numerous programs...
National Civic League Announces All-America City Finalists
The National Civic League and Allstate Insurance Company have announced the 30 finalist communities in this year's All-America City competition. The 51-year-old program annually honors ten communities that best exemplify the spirit of grassroots...
News Briefs
Software Company Conducting Public Works Survey Computers have become an essential tool in managing day-to-day operations in city and county public works and road/bridge departments; hence the South Dakota-based software developer CitiTech Systems,...
Portsmouth Mayor Aims to Strengthen Neighborhoods
Programs Involve Rebuilding, Mobilizing and Safeguarding Communities The mayor of Portsmouth, Va., a dentist by profession, has decided to use his decay-fighting skills to boost the sense of community in his city. "It's all about having strong...
PTI Member Conference Shows the Importance of Technology
Councilmember Brian O'Neill saw the importance of harnessing technology for local governments while preparing for his term as NLC President in 1998, and when he made that topic the focus of his leadership agenda, he had already seen some of its best...
Senate Rejects Move to Eliminate Part of Federal Gas Tax
The Senate rejected a move last week to temporarily repeal 4.3 cents a gallon of the federal gasoline tax after a bipartisan group of senators raised concerns that the repeal would not be passed on to consumers and harm our nation's transportation...
Water Infrastructure Caucus Formed in the House
Four key members of Congress last week announced the formation of a Water Infrastructure Caucus in the House of Representatives in an effort to underscore and highlight the need for federal reinvestment in the nation's drinking and waste water infrastructure....