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Posted on: February 16, 2024

SALT Procedural Vote Fails in House

In a procedural vote, the House failed to advance H.R. 7160, which would increase the cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) from $10,000 to $20,000 for married couples filing jointly. We reported that this legislation&...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Affordable Connectivity Program Funds Nearly Exhausted

Without congressional action, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and provides a monthly $30 discount on home broadband services will exhaust its funding in April. Ther...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Application for Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program Open

Fiscal Year 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is open through March 8 at 5:00 p.m. AFG funds needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies,&...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 2, 2024

House Passes Tax Reform Bill Without SALT Cap Deduction Change

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7024 by a vote of 357-70. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 does not include any changes to the $10,000 State and Local Tax (SALT)&nb...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 2, 2024

Local Infrastructure Hub Offers Grant Bootcamp

The Local Infrastructure Hub is offering a second phase of free Grant Bootcamps for municipal officials for several federal grant opportunities.  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has provided cities with oppor...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 26, 2024

DOH ask Local Entities to Complete Survey

The DOH is requesting that county and municipal government professionals, staff, youth groups, and parent groups participate in a survey provide feedback on the redesign of DOH’s Parent Link web page. The survey must be complet...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Pascrell Offers Amendment to End SALT Cap Deduction

Last week, during markup in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee of H.R. 7024, the “Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024”, New Jersey Congressman Pascrell&a...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 26, 2024

NLC 2nd Vice President Testifies in Favor of NFIP Reauthorization

Athens, Ohio, Mayor Steve Patterson, National League of Cities’ (NLC) Second Vice President testified in favor of long term National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthori...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Short-Term Funding Agreement to Keep the Federal Government Open

On Thursday, a day before some federal government departments funding expired, the Senate and the House passed another Continuing Resolutionto fund the government in another two-step process, through...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bills of Interest Signed by Governor

Governor Murphy has acted on the remaining 2022-2023 Legislative term bills on his desk. Below are some of the new laws that may impact your municipality: ? 

 

P.L. 2023, c. 33...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 12, 2024

EPA Announces Appointments to Local Government Advisory Committee

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment of 16 new members to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), as well as the reappointments of 13 existing members, including members fro...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 12, 2024

EPA Accepting Comments on Drinking Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Proposed Rule for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Improvements (LCRI) and is accepting comments on the proposed...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 12, 2024

Potential Partial Federal Government Shutdown Next Week

Without congressional action next week, budgetary funding for parts of the federal government, including the departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs, expires on January 19....

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Federal Government
Posted on: November 3, 2023

Deadline to Obligate ARP SLFRF Funds Nears One-Year Countdown

The American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program provided funds to every municipality in the country to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic. New Jersey received $10.2 billion including $1.74 billion split among all mun...

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Federal Government
Posted on: October 12, 2023

Urge Congress to Oppose Local Franchise Authority Legislation

Working with our federal partner, the National League of Cities, the League urges you to reach out to your Member of Congress and oppose H.R. 3557.  

Please read NLC’s recent blog post for more information, as well as the joint letter fr...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 29, 2023

Mayor Bollwage Testified Before Congressional Committee

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, NJLM Past President, testified on Wednesday on reauthorization of the Brownfields Program on behalf of the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayo...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 8, 2023

FEMA Local Elected and Appointed Officials Guidebook Blog Post

Published last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “Local Elected and Appointed Officials Guide: Roles and Resources in Emergency Management” is an important resource for municipal officials. For more information, plea...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Civil Rights Division Accessibility Standards Proposed Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require certain accessibility standards for state and local government services, programs, and activities offered via web or mobile apps and i...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 8, 2023

State Offering Free ARP SLFRF Compliance Consulting

The Governor’s Disaster Recovery Office (GDRO) is offering municipalities free American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) compliance consulting. The GRDO is utilizing four separate consulting firms to offer ARP SLFR...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 24, 2023

U.S. Treasury Releases Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its long-awaited Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex and an Overview of the Interim Final Rule. ARPA Flex was a provision passed by Congress in December 2022. 

This rule cr...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Congress Moves to Reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP-RE) Act of 2023 (H.R.4349/S.2142) has been introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support in both chambers. 

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP Re)...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 23, 2023

Bill Preempting Local Control of ROW Advancing in Congress

A bill was recently passed out of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, that would impose new restrictions on local authorities to regulate local land use and zoning issues related to the deployment of telecommunications equipment.

The Ame...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 2, 2023

House Advances Wireless and Cable Preemption Bill

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up 19 bills, including H.R. 3557, the American Broadband Deployment Act of 2023. This bill is of particular interest to local governments because it would codify in statute two relatively recent ac...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 2, 2023

Congress Passes Fiscal Responsibility Act

On Wednesday night the House passed H.R. 3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 by a margin of 314-117 and on Thursday the Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 63-36 after a series of amendments were not agreed to. President is expected to imme...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 26, 2023

SCOTUS Decision Could Impact NJ Property Tax Laws

This week, SCOTUS issued a unanimous decision in Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota, a case where a property owner argued that the Minnesota state law allowing Hennepin County to retain a $25,000 surplus following the auction sale of her home for unpaid ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 21, 2023

NLC Urges Congress to Pass Rail Safety Legislation

Earlier this week, the National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s federal partner, hosted a webinar with Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (WA), and Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and J.D. Vance (OH) who, in light of the train derailment and chemical s...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 21, 2023

U.S. Senate Passed a Clean Version of S.870, the Fire Grants & Safety

After attempting to attach an amendment that would claw back unobligated American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, the U.S. Senate passed a , the Fire Grants and Safety Act, without any amendments on Thursday. There is not yet a House co...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 21, 2023

Congress Attempts to Claw Back Unobligated ARP SLFRF Funds

On Wednesday, by a vote of 47-49, the U.S. Senate failed to amend S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act. The amendments offered by Sen. Scott (FL) would redirect unobligated American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to fund ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 17, 2023

League Hosts USDA Rural Development Webinar

On Thursday, the League hosted a Lunch and Learn with Jane Asselta, USDA Rural Development New Jersey State Director who discussed available funding and loans for municipalities.

Among the programs highlighted where grants and/or loans that are available f...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Reminder: SLFRF Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report Due April 30

As a reminder, the annual ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Plan (SLFRF) Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report is due on April 30. The portal will open on April 1. 

Working with the National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s fed...

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Federal Government