March certainly came in like a lion, but that didn't stop the League's Legislative Action Committees from roaring to life this week. All three of the LACs met this week, and the Tax & Finance LAC was joined by Sen. Bob Rucho, who gave the committee his thoughts on reform of the local privilege license tax as well as the state's tax structure in general. Read all about Sen. Rucho's comments in the March 7 edition of LINC'ed IN
On a more somber note, all of us at the League were saddened this week to learn of the passing of Sen. Martin Nesbitt. Sen. Nesbitt was a longtime member of the legislature, serving in both the House and the Senate, and the League enjoyed working with him on a number of issues over the years. He will be missed, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family.
Posted on March 07, 2014 by Chris Nida
Due to the potential for winter weather tomorrow, the Planning & Environment (P&E) LAC will now begin their meeting on Friday, March 7 at 12:00 pm
. We hope that this two hour delay will allow road and travel conditions to improve. Lunch will still be provided to participants. If you have any questions, please contact Government Affairs Assistant Cara Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on March 06, 2014 by Cara Bridges
Check out this week's edition
of LINC'ed IN to read the latest on NC candidate filings, updates to the Tag & Tax Together program, and information about applying for Federal TIGER Grants. Information has also been flooding in
from Capitol Hill on the NFIP changes and delaying implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act. We encourage you to contact your U.S. Representative
and encourage him or her to vote to delay implementation of Biggert-Waters through H.R. 3370
. As always, we will send updates if action is needed throughout the week on this issue or any other matters pertinent
to North Carolina municipalities.
Posted on February 28, 2014 by Cara Bridges
This morning (Wed., Feb. 26), leadership in the U.S. House informed the National League of Cities that it would delay consideration of The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act until next week as technical changes are made to the bill. NLC will monitor these changes, but in the meantime, please continue to contact your House members and ask them to vote "Yes" on this legislation (see below). The League will continue to keep you updated as to the progress of this important legislation.
February 25, 2014
Please contact your U.S. Representative today and ask that they vote "Yes" on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370 As Amended). As you can read in the message below (or read here) from the National League of Cities, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate on the bill this week. Through a variety of measures (see below), H.R. 3370 would help stop or slow dramatic increases in flood insurance rates that many property owners have been experiencing since the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.
Municipal officials in North Carolina and across the country have expressed concern regarding the increase in rates being experienced by their citizens, and a N.C. General Assembly committee heard an update on the issue last fall. In response to member concerns, the League has joined NLC in supporting the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. A version of this legislation passed the Senate last year, but the bill being considered by the U.S. House contains different language.
Posted on February 26, 2014 by Government Affairs Team
Streaming the Olympic hockey game at work today? Read this week's edition of LINC'ed IN
to find out how you might be able to watch videos and surf the web even faster in the future. This week's issue
also highlights representatives from several cities who presented to the ERC on municipal environmental ordinance making. We certainly think they all deserve a gold medal for their excellent presentations! Other updates this week include coverage of the Burlington sewer overflow brief, flood insurance changes being heard by Congress, and an overview of the Jordan Lake Committee meeting. Just as NBC is keeping you posted from Sochi, we are here to cover the issues affecting all
of North Carolina's cities and towns!
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Cara Bridges
The League today announced one new addition to its Governmental Affairs team and new roles for two current members of the team. Sarah Collins has been named as the League's Regulatory Affairs Associate, while Chris Nida will serve as the League's Director of Research and Policy Analysis, and Jennifer Webb is transitioning to a new role as the League's Executive Liaison.
Collins, the League's new Regulatory Affairs Associate, is a May 2013 graduate of the Campbell University School of Law. Her first day with NCLM will be Feb. 21.
Posted on February 14, 2014 by Paul Meyer
Love is in the air today (or is that just above-freezing temperatures?), but before you rush off to the florist or go grab those dinner reservations, make sure you catch up on all the week's political news for North Carolina's cities and towns in the Feb. 14 edition of LINC'ed IN
. Earlier this week a legislative committee received a draft bill that would significantly alter local authority to levy a privilege license tax. You can read all about that issue, which the League has been working on with legislators on behalf of all of North Carolina's cities and towns, in this week's LINC'ed IN
Other reasons to say "Be Mine" to LINC'ed IN this week: The filling of three positions at the League, news on candidate filings and a longtime legislator who is not running for re-election, updates on the state's nutrient criteria development plan and the League's intervention in the Duke Energy rate case, and much more. Read this week's LINC'ed IN
for all the latest news for cities and towns, and then tell your sweetheart all about it tonight. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
Posted on February 14, 2014 by Chris Nida
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Cara Bridges
Breaking news regarding proposed changes to the municipal privilege license tax lead the Feb. 7 edition of LINC'ed IN
. The League just recently learned that the General Assembly's Revenue Laws Study Committee will hear a proposal Tuesday that would limit the privilege license to a $100 per business flat fee across the state. Estimates from the General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division are that such a change would cost cities $27 million statewide. The League has been working with legislators on this issue for the past several months in order to achieve the membership's goal of reducing the tax's complexity and inequity, and at the Committee's January meeting members committed to working with the League tod o so. We look forward to continuing to work with legislators on this proposal on behalf of all of North Carolina's cities and towns.
While that would be news enough, there is even more in this week's LINC'ed IN
. Other items of note include a clarification on the employer contribution rates for the Local Government Employees' Retirement System, news on the League's intervention in the Duke Energy rate case, updates on other legislative study committees, and much more. Read here
for all of the latest news affecting cities and towns.
Posted on February 07, 2014 by Chris Nida
As January comes to a close, an important chapter of the League's history does as well. Effective February 1, Executive Director Ellis Hankins will be retiring from the League of Municipalities and current Director of Governmental Affairs Paul Meyer will transition into the leadership role. Read this week's issue of LINC'ed IN
for a special tribute to Ellis from Paul, regarding his years of service to the League and to its members.
This week's edition of LINC'ed IN
also includes updates on North Carolina tax collections, a recent vote by the U.S. Senate to delay certain changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, and other issues that may impact North Carolina's cities and towns.
Again, we would like to extend a thank you to Ellis for his years of dedicated service. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Cara Bridges
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