Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

FAIR Unit Sets Priorities for Work in 1993: Mandates, Tax Policy

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

FAIR Unit Sets Priorities for Work in 1993: Mandates, Tax Policy

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Mandates, fiscal assistance for local governments, proper stewardship of federal facilities, federal contractor immunity from state and local sales taxes and federal tax policy were items selected as top. priority issues for policy development work during 1993 for the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Steering Committee. The priorities were selected during a meeting of the FAIR Policy Committee moderated by Committee Chair Greg Lashutka Mayor of Columbus, Ohio and held during the Congressional City Conference.

Mandates remain a continuing issue of concern of the committee and policy work will be focused on developing multiple approaches to deal with this continuing fiscal and management challenge for cities and towns. Besides seeking to dramatically slow the creation of new mandates the Committee will be searching for ways to gain reexamination of existing mandates and their local impacts.

Spurred by slow growing economies in many regions and prevalence of state limitations on.local revenue raising authority the committee asked for further examination of policies toward revenue sharing.

As federal facilities are closed and downsized as a part of the downsizing of the defense establishment the committee asked for an examination of federal policies which would attempt to make best use of already existing investments in federal research installations and consider compensatory federal policies to help cushion the loss of federal facilities to local communities. …

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