Topics http://americancityandcounty.com/taxonomy/term/31851/more en Cities nationwide push to lower voting age to 16 http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16 <div class="node-body article-body">In upcoming elections, voters in multiple cities may start seeing a lot more younger people at polling places. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16#comments Citizen Engagement Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:55:00 +0000 83071 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Stoneman Douglas shooting survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg gather at the Rally to Support Firearm Safety Legislation in Fort Lauderdale on February 17, 2018. image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emma_Gonzalez_and_David_Hogg_at_the_Rally_to_Support_Firearm_Safety_Legislation_in_Fort_Lauderdale.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to pass domestic workers’ bill of rights http://americancityandcounty.com/job-creation/seattle-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-domestic-workers-bill-rights <div class="node-body article-body">Domestic workers — nannies, gardeners, house cleaners, cooks, housekeepers, etc. — will now enjoy more rights and protections in Seattle. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/job-creation/seattle-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-domestic-workers-bill-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/job-creation/seattle-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-domestic-workers-bill-rights#comments Job Creation Unemployment Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:41:00 +0000 82641 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>&quot;Laying the Table&quot; by French painter Victor Gabriel Gilbert. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victor_Gabriel_Gilbert_Laying_the_table.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Government-run citizens’ academies educate people on local public affairs http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs <div class="node-body article-body">Citizen engagement is an ever-present challenge in local government, but programs across the country are bringing citizens closer to government by educating them on its inner workings.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs#comments Citizen Engagement Administration Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:12:00 +0000 82571 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A Minneapolis City Council meeting in January 2018. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minneapolis_City_Council_Organizational_Meeting_-_City_Hall_(38891369964).jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Despite protests, three New Jersey counties sign, continue lucrative deals for housing detained immigrants in county jails http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/despite-protests-three-new-jersey-counties-sign-continue-lucrative-deals-housing- <div class="node-body article-body">The housing of detained immigrants in county jails for the Trump Administration has become a cash cow for three New Jersey counties. But decisions to renew contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been met with backlash. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/despite-protests-three-new-jersey-counties-sign-continue-lucrative-deals-housing-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/despite-protests-three-new-jersey-counties-sign-continue-lucrative-deals-housing-#comments Immigration Reform Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:12:00 +0000 82551 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Demonstrators protest against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Trump Administration&#39;s immigration policies in Chicago on&nbsp;June 30, 2018.&nbsp;Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images.</p> Mayors pledge to defend municipal workers’ rights in wake of Janus decision http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/mayors-pledge-defend-municipal-workers-rights-wake-janus-decision <div class="node-body article-body">The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME against public sector labor unions has prompted mayors across the country to pledge support of municipal workers’ rights amid polarizing reactions.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/mayors-pledge-defend-municipal-workers-rights-wake-janus-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/mayors-pledge-defend-municipal-workers-rights-wake-janus-decision#comments Job Creation Human Resources Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:25:00 +0000 82441 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Street paving crew in Laredo, Texas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Street_paving_in_Laredo,_TX,_2015_IMG_5515.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Local officials across U.S. denied entry into immigrant children detention facility http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-officials-across-us-denied-entry-immigrant-children-detention-facility <div class="node-body article-body">A bipartisan group of mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors was turned away from entering a temporary detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, which is holding undocumented children separated from their parents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-officials-across-us-denied-entry-immigrant-children-detention-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-officials-across-us-denied-entry-immigrant-children-detention-facility#comments Immigration Reform Health & Welfare Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:55:00 +0000 82391 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>U.S. Border Inspection Station at Tornillo, Texas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tornillo_Port_of_Entry.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate abolishment of slavery http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Many cities across the country have held or are holding formal celebrations&nbsp;to mark the day known as Juneteenth.</p> <p>Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, commemorates the announcement of slavery&rsquo;s abolition in Texas on June 19, 1865, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). Texas was the final rebel state to allow slavery during the civil war, ending the practice nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery#comments Citizen Engagement Administration Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:30:00 +0000 82331 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Juneteenth&nbsp;Memorial Monument in Austin, Texas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emancipation_Proclamation_-_Juneteenth_Memorial_Monument_-_Austin_Texas.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Illinois-wide pension law, pension debts cripple municipalities’ finances http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/illinois-wide-pension-law-pension-debts-cripple-municipalities-finances <div class="node-body article-body">Long-growing state-wide pension funding shortfalls combined with a new state law that withholds funding from local governments that can’t pay for their pensions has led to a multi-faceted monetary crisis among municipalities throughout Illinois.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/illinois-wide-pension-law-pension-debts-cripple-municipalities-finances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/illinois-wide-pension-law-pension-debts-cripple-municipalities-finances#comments Finance Pension Reform Tue, 15 May 2018 21:05:00 +0000 82031 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>U.S. dollars. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20_Dollars_art3.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> When budget surveys fall short http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short <div class="node-body blog-body">Public policy and facilitation veteran Chris Adams explains why online, interactive budget simulations are superior tools to budget surveys.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 02 May 2018 16:15:00 +0000 81891 at http://americancityandcounty.com Making public services smarter http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter <div class="node-body blog-body">Alex Bäcker, founder and CEO of queue management technology company QLess, explains how governments can improve personal interactions between officials and citizens.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:09:00 +0000 81721 at http://americancityandcounty.com