June 17, 1990 |
The nation's mayors took time out Saturday from bashing Washington to fight among themselves over whether the Constitution should be amended to guarantee cities a set percentage of federal revenues. The debate came as more than 200 mayors got down to business at their annual summer conference, taking committee action on dozens of proposed policy statements on issues ranging from taxes and transportation to housing and AIDS research. The U.S.
April 12, 1990 |
A 2-year-long legal battle over how best to count minorities, immigrants and poor people in the 1990 census appears headed back to court as a group of cities and states, including Los Angeles and California, have accused the Bush Administration of sabotaging a court-sanctioned agreement aimed at achieving a complete count. Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn, along with Atty. Gen. John K.
October 3, 1990 |
After watching the flow of federal assistance shrink in the past decade, community development officials see signs of a potential turnaround in the proposed federal budget, which would direct investment into poor communities and extend the life of low-income housing tax breaks. But officials are quick to point out that the assistance--primarily in the form of tax breaks--still falls short of what is needed to rejuvenate depressed communities and satisfy the demand for affordable housing.
June 17, 1991 |
The nation's mayors warned Sunday that more cities could follow Bridgeport, Conn., into bankruptcy without an infusion of $12 billion in new federal aid to address urban problems. The aid request from big-city Democratic mayors cleared a key procedural hurdle at the U. S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting despite warnings from Republicans and some other mayors that Congress and the Bush Administration were in no mood for an urban bailout.
June 14, 1991 |
An attempt by the Senate to pass a landmark transportation bill dissolved early today as an acrimonious fight broke out among the states over their shares of billions of dollars in federal aid for highways and mass transit systems. The failure to settle on a compromise aid allocation plan that would have permitted Senate passage of the bill clearly angered the measure's principal author, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N. Y.).
July 17, 1991 |
Defending his decision not to adjust the 1990 census, Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher assured Congress Tuesday that statistical surveys may be used to adjust funding levels for federal programs before the next census in the year 2000. An adjustment would mitigate the effects of a low population count on cities and states with large minority populations. Such jurisdictions would be most affected by Mosbacher's decision not to add to census figures about 5.
July 9, 1991 |
The Senate thwarted an attempt by Republicans to use the bulk of a $3.3-billion anti-crime bill to put more police officers on the streets. By a vote of 49 to 39, the Senate killed an amendment by Sen. Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.) that would have set aside $2.2 billion for direct aid to help states, counties, cities and towns hire more officers. The money would have been disbursed on the basis of a community's population. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.
January 26, 1991 |
U.S. mayors called on the federal government to reverse a decade-long plunge in aid to cities despite the strain the Gulf War is putting on the nation's finances. The mayors, concluding their winter meeting, released a 50-city survey that found the federal contribution to city budgets dropped 64% from 1980 to 1990. Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode told a House panel: "Give us the tools we need to fight the war on drugs, against AIDS."
June 12, 1988
Many of the nation's mayors at a conference in Salt Lake City urged an increase in federal aid to cities and greater local control over the spending of federal funds. Participants at the 56th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting for the third day of the six-day event, said more money is needed to combat drug abuse, AIDS and homelessness. They complained that federal policies under the Reagan Administration have given local governments little role to play in dealing with the nation's ills.