Stateside Associates and the National League of Cities (NLC) co-hosted a webinar March 7 examining state preemption and local government issues.
More than half of the 100 most populated cities will elect mayoral and council positions this year.
The presence of Groups at the local government level is growing, and fast.
At the federal, state and local levels a battle is being waged and there seems to be no middle ground.
Many state government relations professionals never face (or hope they never face) local government issues. And, that is an understandable sentiment. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to look past what is happening at the local level because the issues are, in many ways, state issues. And, they are influencing what we do in state capitols. So, what can you do?
To be effective advocates we must also be aware of the other issues that face elected officials. One issue that has trended on the local level of late and is of great importance to elected officials in many cities is curbing and managing vacant/abandoned properties.
What has billions of dollars to spend on goods and services and a purchasing power greater than the federal government?
The growing tensions between the nation’s cities and towns and the federal government over anticipated budget cuts and nearing Supercommittee deadlines were on display last week at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.
Plastic bag bans, fast-food menu labeling requirements, and taxing of bottled water are all issues being considered in some state legislatures, and even in Congress. But what do these issues have in common? They all originated at the local government level.