NLC Responds to the State of the Union: Cities Call for Urgent and Meaningful Action

Jan 28, 2010, 11:52 ET from National League of Cities

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities' (NLC) President Ronald O. Loveridge, mayor, Riverside, Calif., releases the following statement in response to the State of the Union address delivered by President Obama last evening:

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"As community leaders, we routinely witness first-hand the effects of the economic downturn.  We see it in our families and those of our constituents.  We see more and more families needing assistance to meet their basic needs and who want to work, but cannot find good jobs.

"This is why we applaud the President's call for a jobs package building on the nation's incipient economic recovery.  City leaders continue to see an urgent situation, as the fall-out from the recession has not yet abated on Main Street.  We need a jobs package that includes investments in public and private sector jobs; investments in roads, bridges, and highways; and ensures a credit market that works for and not against small businesses and local governments.      

"In addition, we welcome the President's call to rebuild the foundations for long-term prosperity for families, who are our residents.  We look forward to working with our federal partners to restore the opportunities that allow families to thrive and to restore the fiscal health of our national and local economies, so that our country, our cities, and our families can prosper in the long run.  

"Our country is at a key juncture.  We can choose to provide our families and our cities with a solid foundation for future growth by investing in our infrastructure, our neighborhoods, and the new green economy, or we can steal their hope and endanger the foundation of prosperity for the next generation."

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. 

SOURCE National League of Cities