On April 15th NACo President-elect Glen Whitley testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, which is exploring the impact federal legislation has on local government budgets and revenues. Representing the nation’s counties, Whitley emphasized that federal legislation with tax and revenue components could potentially have large financial implications on local governments. He stated:
“…while federal legislation can have a positive impact on local government revenue streams, it can also cause just the opposite. Unlike the federal government, local governments must balance their budgets, which is not an easy thing to do in today’s financial climate.”
NACo strongly urges the 111th Congress to strongly consider the impact legislation could have on current and future local government budgets.