Local Government

This week the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a survey that indicated that local governments would be forced to slash over 500,000 jobs if Congress does not pass a $75 billion local jobs bill. 

State-local relations in 2010 are complex and continually changing. Major trends since 2007 include creation of state commissions to study the local government system and to make recommendations for its reorganization; state laws granting local governments more or less discretionary authority; state assumption of control of failing public schools and fiscally distressed cities; and numerous court decisions determining the respective powers of the state and its political subdivisions.