Registration is now open for the League’s first-ever Town & State Dinner, scheduled for May 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. Don’t wait to register, as space is limited for this exclusive advocacy event. The Town & State Dinner provides the opportunity to be with your legislators in a more intimate environment perfect for networking and strengthening relationships. Join us in celebrating state and local leaders who have worked so hard to advocate for municipalities and their residents. After you register, be sure to invite your legislator to join you as your special guest. The League will also be extending electronic and printed invitations to legislators directly. Legislators do not need to register; instead they can RSVP directly to Town&StateDinner@nclm.org. For this year’s legislative short session, the Town & State Dinner is being held in lieu of Town Hall Day. Register now.
"While it's impossible to determine the outcome of the case, there is reason to believe the Court may replace the 'physical presence' test with a timelier option, such as an economic presence test," the National League of Cities (NLC) said in an update about the case this week. "Such a ruling would be a huge step forward in the fight for parity between brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers." Meanwhile, federal legislation for parity is pending. The N.C. League of Municipalities' membership supports federal e-fairness action that would close the online sales tax loophole, restore marketplace fairness for competing brick and mortar businesses and create new revenue for state and local governments. A nationwide webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday on the case's history and ramifications. Register now.
Local officials looking to increase the availability of broadband in their communities should make plans to attend the League-sponsored NC Hearts Gigabit Interactive. The April 20 forum in Raleigh will gather people from across the state to discuss how to bring broadband networks to local communities and make them more economically resilient. Attend to learn from an elite group of state and national experts on community-led broadband efforts, including NCLM broadband report co-author Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology and Energy and a recognized expert on communications policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Gov. Roy Cooper will open the daylong conference, former Gov. James B. Hunt will serve as the keynote speaker, and Rep. Craig Horn will discuss the importance of internet access in our schools. Attendees will benefit from hearing a playbook of actionable steps they can take back home to advance local broadband projects. Register now.
Elected federal officials in North Carolina say they've secured more funding to help North Carolina's ongoing recovery from 2016's Hurricane Matthew. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr this week jointly announced an additional $189 million, "secured by the North Carolina delegation in the Senate budet agreement passed in February." The senators in a press release noted that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had just announced that North Carolina would receive $168 million in disaster mitigation grants, while the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $21 million for the state. "I want to thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation for allocating nearly $190 million in additional funds, which will go a long way in helping our local communities recover and ensure North Carolina’s families are not forgotten," Senator Tillis said. In the U.S. House, Rep. David Price, a ranking member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a news release: "This latest tranche of assistance means North Carolina has now secured more than $1.4 billion from HUD and other federal agencies. These resources will help address critical unmet needs in our state as we continue the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Matthew.”