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General Assembly Returns Tuesday

The General Assembly returns next Tuesday (September 3) to consider overriding the veto of two bills by Gov. McCrory.  Both bills ( HB 392 Warrant Status/Public Assist. and HB 786 RECLAIM NC Act) were originally approved on a bipartisan basis in both chambers.  It is our understanding that both the House and Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, go into recess, and then consider the veto overrides sometime on Wednesday, September 4.  No other business can be considered at the veto override session per the NC Constitution.

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751 South Intervention Bill Signed by Governor

Among other bills, the Governor signed into law on Friday, August 23, Governor Pat McCrory also signed a bill that will force the city of Durham to provide water and sewer service to the controversial 751 South project, S.B. 315 - Municipal Services. Read more of the history on this controversial bill in the July 26 End of Session LeagueLINC Bulletin and here in Durham's The Herald Sun.
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DOT Reports That Gas Taxes (and Powell Bill Funds) Will Continue to Decline

The State Department of Transportation's Chief Financial Officer informed the Board of Transportation this week that gas tax revenues are on a long-term downward slide. The amount of municipal Powell Bill funding is directly tied to gas tax revenues. Gas consumption in the state peaked in FY 2006-07 and has declined since that time.  Consumption is projected to flatten somewhat for the next five years as the economy improves, but will decline after 2018. 
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Moody's Sees Improvement In Outlook for States, But Not Local Governments

Moody's Investors Service has revised its credit rating outlook for U.S. states from negative to stable, reflecting the slow improvement in the national economy. In a report to its subscribers, Moody's notes that the recovery has stabilized key indicators of State credit quality and that drastic federal budget cuts have become less likely. Moody's acknowledges that the economic recovery has been uneven, which is one reason that the local government outlook remains negative. The reliance of local revenues on retail sales and housing construction, which are growing more slowly than income, is another reason for a more pessimistic outlook on local government.
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Become a Member of a League Policy Committee

The League is looking for members interested in serving on a Legislative Action Committee or the Regulatory Action Committee. These committees play an integral role in crafting the policies League members vote on every two years at the Advocacy Goals Conference. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please complete this form and return it to League Governmental Affairs Assistant Cara Bridges.
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WEBINAR: Innovation and the City

Innovation and the City - Presented by National League of Cities
Thursday, September 5th from 2:00 to 3:00

Cities across the country are at the forefront of innovation. With support from Citi Community Development, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner School of Public Policy recently released new reports highlighting over40 local solutions and policies that are reshaping city government, improving service delivery, and sparking economic growth and community well-being. During this webinar, participants will learn from their peers how to develop new policies based on models that have proven effective in other cities, such as sector panels to guide workforce development, universal college savings programs, and city employee innmovation training.

This webinar will provide a sneak peak to several initiatives that will be explored in more depth at NLC's upcoming Congress of Cities and Exposition and National Summit on Your City's Families, Seattle, WA, November 12-16. Learn More.

For more information on "Innovation in the City" reports please click here.

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Help Shape the Future of the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities (NLC) helps city leaders from across the country build better communities by advocating for city issues at the federal level; providing applied research and local solutions; and fostering leadership  development and peer connections. Whether through the NCLM or through direct membership, each of you has a stake in the future of NLC.

NLC recognizes that the social and political environment is changing and if they are to be relevant and effective, the organization must change with the times. Using a research informed planning process, NLC is developing a three-year strategic plan that:
- Takes advantage of NLC's assets;
- Builds a strong brand;
- Aligns services and benefits to the overall mission;
- Promotes organizational stability; and
- Grows the membership

The plan is being developed by a task force made up of local officials and state league directors and will be unveiled at the Congress of Cities and Exposition this fall in Seattle. The task force would value your thoughts on the goals that have been identified so far.

On NLC's website, there is a short summary description of the research conducted for this planning process, along with explanations of the five draft goals:
- Proactively drive federal policy on behalf of cities
- Solve problems for cities and bring them valuable resources
- Raise the profile of municipal government as instrumental to the quality of life in communities
- Model respectful dialogue, inclusiveness and cooperation to achieve results on behalf of cities.
- Help city leaders build their leadership capacity.

Please take a few minutes today to let the strategic planning task force know if they are headed in the right direction and share your ideas on key strategies by using NLC's online feedback toolFeedback will be accepted through September 6.