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Protecting municipal bonds is among the National League of Cities' top legislative priorities.
(Published Feb 4, 2013)
With action getting underway in the new Congress, the National League of Cities (NLC) and city leaders are preparing to make their voices heard on a number of key legislative priorities that are likely to be considered this year. The organization finalized its priorities for 2013 in a leadership meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.
In addition to renewing the call for Congress to use a balanced approach to reducing the federal deficit that preserves federal investments in hometown America, NLC's priorities reflect the ongoing threat federal inaction or misguided action could have on local communities.
Specifically, NLC is urging Congress and the Obama administration to:
Under the current tax loophole, while brick-and-mortar retailers collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, many online and catalog retailers do not collect the same taxes - an unfair disadvantage to the shopkeepers on main streets, who must collect those taxes. Thus, if Congress acts upon its authority to regulate interstate commerce, state and local governments could collect taxes owed on Internet and mail order sales amounting to $23 billion.
In addition, NLC will continue to oppose unfunded mandates and federal efforts to preempt local authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of local residents. Also, consistent with longstanding policy, the organization will support efforts to reduce gun violence.
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