The National League of Cities (NLC) announced that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and local government leaders from across the nation, including National Association of Counties President Commissioner Sallie Clark, advocated for local government infrastructure funding at a Republican National Convention policy briefing on July 19, 2016. Secretary LaHood opened the session by arguing that the federal government should raise the gas tax to generate more money for infrastructure investment.
NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony stressed that local government leaders highly prioritize preserving tax-exemption for municipal bonds, which cuts infrastructure investment costs. He stated,
“We are going to both the Republican and Democratic conventions” because local governments “need to be partners with the next president of the United States, whoever that will be. We need the candidates to understand that we must make infrastructure a priority for America.”