The National Association of Counties ( NACo’s) Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) held its annual legislative fly-in Washington, DC this week and over 17 metropolitan county elected officials were on hand for the event including LUCC Baltimore City Council Member Helen Holton who serves as the chair of the Caucus. During the meeting, members of the Caucus and NACo’s Executive Committee advocated in support of the following NACo legislative priorities:
- Funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs;
- Funding for State and Local Law Enforcement and Juvenile Justice Assistance Programs;
- Funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program;
- Preservation of Medicaid;
- Funding for Workforce Development Programs;
- Re-authorization of the Federal Surface Transportation Program; and
- Collection of Taxes on Remote Sales.
In addition to the critical legislative items above, the caucus also urged Members of Congress to include county officials in any and all legislative and regulatory discussions that impact counties and highlighted a number of innovative programs in their communities. Additionally, LUCC members met at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with several key White House administration officials and discussed several issues important to metropolitan communities.
Joining LUCC members at the meeting were David Agnew, Director of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Principal of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Betsy Markey, Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, and senior staff from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs.