NEW NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES REPORT SHOWS WHY RAIDING AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IS A BAD IDEA 

National League of Cities: “Every dollar allocated for local governments under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is essential to continued relief for local communities across the country”

Yesterday, the National League of Cities released its annual State of the Cities report, which demonstrates the urgent need for infrastructure investments in cities across the country and shows how the state and local aid in the American Rescue Plan continues to be critical to ensuring the full economic recovery of cities and states from the pandemic. The report comes as Senate Republicans have proposed funding infrastructure by raiding Covid relief funds from cities and states — funding that was meant to keep essential workers on the job.

From the National League of Cities: 

“While federal relief dollars will go a long way to fueling the recovery of our hometowns, city leaders warn that rebuilding our economy will take time, and every dollar allocated for local governments under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is essential to continued relief for local communities across the country. Current proposals being discussed in Congress to claw back these relief funds would severely undermine local governments’ ability to plan long-term investments to restore and rebuild their communities. As reopening continues, local governments are mindful of the impact of declining property tax revenues, the lifting of eviction moratoriums, and the need for infrastructure spending as potential drivers or limiting factors of economic growth.”

The report also demonstrates the urgent need for infrastructure investments in cities across the country. Highlights include: 

  • 40% of local officials indicated that access to clean drinking water was one of the most significant positive conditions supporting their communities;
  • 20% of local officials indicated broadband availability as a leading positive driver;
  • 43% of municipalities indicated that the availability of parks, recreation and community green and open spaces was a top condition supporting their communities; and
  • 91% of local officials said insufficient funding was the top factor impacting their decision making on local infrastructure projects.
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