Three Mayors Highlight How the Southeast Is Building for Growth

Urbanizing cities of the U.S. Southeast, such as Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, are facing the trade-offs of continued growth. Speaking at the 2018 ULI Carolinas Meeting, the mayors of those three cities discussed how and where their cities invest to attract job growth, while attempting to avoid displacement of longtime residents. “We are engaged in…

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Columbia, SC Bans ‘Use’ Of Bump Stocks

Columbia, S.C., has banned the use of bump stocks in the city, but not their sale. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Columbia’s mayor, Steve Benjamin, about the motivation behind the ordinance. All right. Let’s shift our attention to Columbia, S.C., which has now become one of the first U.S. cities to ban the use of so-called bump stocks. That’s the…

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Columbia, South Carolina, Bans Bump Stocks, Since Congress Won’t

Columbia, South Carolina, has become the first city to pass legislation prohibiting use of bump stocks-gun accessories like those used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to increase firing rates to quasi-automatic speed. After this fall’s mass shootings, regulation of the deadly add-ons has fallen to local governments in the wake of congressional stagnation on the issue. “It’s time for…

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Forget Trump, it’s all about local climate action

Forget Trump, it’s all about local climate action

It’s official – Trump is canceling the Clean Power Plan. But US cities, states and businesses are picking up the slack on climate protection. However, it’s not clear if this will be enough. United States President Donald Trump is negating the Clean Power Plan, widely recognized as former President Barack Obama’s linchpin legislation for reducing national greenhouse gas emissions. The…

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Mayors use zip code data to fight repeal of state and local tax deduction

Washington – The U.S. Conference of Mayors has begun using zip code data to show that elimination the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes would be harmful to middle-class families. The new data is being used to persuade congressional Republicans that elimination of the so-called SALT deduction would raise taxes for families in some locallities with average adjusted…

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