Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congressmen Back NLC's Number Two Priority; Call for Partnerships

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congressmen Back NLC's Number Two Priority; Call for Partnerships

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Representatives Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.) endorsed the number two item on NLC's Action Agenda at the Congressional City Conference last week, calling for the preservation of federal, state and local partnerships. The session was moderated by ABC News Correspondent Michel McQueen.

Davis and Moran called for a halt in the federal preemption of local authority and the need to build on existing intergovernmental partnerships. If Congress doesn't develop a legislative framework for preemption, Davis said, "state and local government are going to be rolled over."

"We have got to start governing from the center out," Moran told city leaders. "The federal government seems to be taking a wrong turn ... we have governed with arrogance." Moran went on to say that a "one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter" approach is not in the interest of the people.

Both Davis and Moran bring local government experience to their positions in Congress. Davis served as chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Moran is the former mayor of Alexandria, Va., and chair of NLC's Human Development Policy Committee.

Davis focused his discussion on the need for local representation in the new "information revolution," especially concerning Y2K procurements and liability issues. He told delegates that greater technology challenges ahead will create more demands for uniformity. But, he contended, only a handful of federal officials understand what's happening with the information revolution and the fast-paced Internet.

"We need a mechanism to approach these things in a systematic way," Davis told city leaders.

Davis cited a "host of issues" to deal with in this information age, specifically the danger in over-taxing and over-regulating. The current tax and revenue structure, he said, "doesn't cut the mustard." Davis called for an honest dialogue at the federal level. …

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