Nation's Cities Weekly

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 39, September 25

200 Family Advocates Explore Intra-Community Cooperation
One part hope and one part "healthy" frustration was the winning combination which brought together more than 200 family advocates in Atlanta last week for NLC's second "Your City's Families" conference. Billing the participants as members of the "Change...
'Awareness about Cities' Is NLC Election Effort's Goal
Ron Kirk, the mayor of Dallas, Tex., and Bob Knight, the mayor of Wichita, Kan., and co-chairs of NLC's Leadership 1996 Election effort, held their inaugural meeting in Dallas last week to kick off NLC's election '96 campaign. "The challenge of NLC...
CAREERS Act Maintains Local Role in Job Training, Career Development Initiatives
The House last week preserved important roles for local elected officials in the development, implementation, and oversight of job training programs. The CAREERS Act (H.R. 1617) - an NLC- supported proposal which would overhaul of federal job training...
House GOP Set to Slash Medicaid, Medicare
House Republicans set off a political firestorm last week when they unveiled twin plans to cut spending for the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs by $452 billion over the next seven years and proposed to move the legislation immediately without...
House Passes Measure for National Highways
The House passed its version of the National Highway System (NHS) bill, H.R. 2274 last week, after Representative Bud Shuster R-PA), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, agreed on September 14th to a separate vote on a controversial...
House Plans to Reform Rural Development
Rural communities differ in their reactions to the House Committee on Agriculture's proposed reform of rural development programs. For example, some have expressed unqualified support for the Rural Development Reform Act of 1995, while others oppose...
House Tax Unit Slashes Low-Income Tax Credits
A House committee last week dealt a deadly blow to a key housing program, voting to eliminate the low-income housing tax credit - the program that has served as the most important source of new low income housing construction in cities this decade. ...
Human Development Unit Proposes Changes to NLC Policy on Affirmative Action
Affirmative action, immigration reform and programs to assist children and families were the major topics before the Human Development (HD) Steering Committee meeting in Atlanta, September 16-17, The policy unit met under the chairmanship of Thomas C....
Local Leaders' Conference Will Highlight Unity
NLC leaders met with the leaders of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Conference of Mayors (USCM) to Plan a Conference of Local Governments that will address changing roles and responsibilities of local governments. The conference,...
Redeveloping a City - the Smart Way
Your town's in trouble, so what about an aquarium, maybe a speedway, a cinema complex? A riverboat casino may generate a few jobs. Or how about a big-box retailer? The sobering truth is that city after city is chasing the same off-the-shelf solutions....
Senate Approves Welfare Reform Heavy on Grants to States
The Senate overwhelmingly approved welfare reform legislation, S. 1120, that would end the federal guarantee of aid to the needy and instead turn a lump sum of money over to the states to create their own programs to care for poor Americans. If enacted,...
Transportation Appropriation Passage Draws Near
As Nation's Cities Weekly went to press, the House and Senate were moving closer to passing a Transport Appropriations bill that would fund federal transportation programs for fiscal year 1996. The bill is expected to pass Congress this week and be signed...
Utah Officials Focus on Growth
Growth - how to manage it, how to finance it, and how the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will impact it - was the over-riding theme for Utah League of Cities and Towns 88th annual convention. Meeting September 15-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah local officials...