Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Committee Tells Feds to 'Kick the Deficit habit.'(National League of Cities' Steering Committee on Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations)

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Committee Tells Feds to 'Kick the Deficit habit.'(National League of Cities' Steering Committee on Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations)

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With the Concord Coalition's National Debt Clock as a backdrop and flanked by her committee colleagues from across the country, Councilmember Marcia Weaver of Jackson, Miss. asked the federal government "to kick the deficit habit." She urged an "equitable process that puts everything on the table" in the quest for deficit reduction.

Weaver made her comments at a news conference highlighting NLC's designation of October as Deficit Reduction Awareness Month. The news event was held in conjunction with the FAIR steering committee meeting in Savannah, Ga., October 6-7. Weaver is the chair of the committee.

Deficit Reduction and Governance

Following up on the deficit reduction and government examination theme the committee formed recommendations on placing language on deficit reduction and governance into the National Municipal Policy. The Committee last Spring had formulated a set of deficit reduction recommendations later endorsed by the NLC Board which the committee has now decided to recommend for placement in NLC's standing policy document.

A specific review of budget policy on federal transportation trust funds (surface transportation and airports) had been requested by the NLC Board. The Committee decided to delete its policies on this subject and leave this subject to NLC Transportation and Communications Committee which has subject matter jurisdiction over all aspects of these funds. In other budget matters the Committee adopted the points previously enacted by the NLC Board in a resolution. …

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