Statement of support for the National League of Cities’ 2017 Federal Action Agenda:
Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) recognizes and supports the National League of Cities (NLC) as America’s largest non-partisan voice for our nation’s cities and towns. Many DMOs are among the active participants and leaders in the NLC, and take part in setting and advocating for the federal action agenda of the NLC.
DMO commends and joins in support of the NLC’s 2017 Federal Action Agenda emphasis on Public Safety, Infrastructure, and Economic Development. This action agenda addresses matters of critical importance to our national security and prosperity. It includes key matters of immediate relevance to federal budget priorities which DMO specifically endorses:
--Protection of uncapped tax-exempt municipal bonds, the primary financing mechanism for local infrastructure projects.
--Robust funding for Community Development Block Grants, which provide key support for housing and other needed community development efforts in challenged neighborhoods and communities.
--Adequate and reliable long-term funding for national infrastructure, reflecting local needs and priorities, including an interconnected network of multi-modal transportation options.
--Increased federal funding for workforce development and training programs.