The National Association of Counties (NACo) released its 2017 Summer Advocacy Toolkit at the NACo Annual Conference to provide county officials with tools and resources that will help you better advocate for your county. With the 2017 legislative calendar quickly coming to an end, talk in the nation’s capital has shifted to concerns over enacting “must pass” appropriations bills and other major legislation pursued by the new Trump Administration and new Congress. Leaders are working on many issues important to our nation’s counties, and will take action on several of them in the coming months. This is why it is so critical to meet with your members of Congress over the summer and into the fall.
Between now and the end of the year, federal lawmakers plan to spend several weeks back in their home districts and states, including much of the month of August. These district or state work periods, particularly the one occurring in August, provide county officials with a unique opportunity to visit with members of Congress and showcase your county.
To assist you in making the most of this opportunity, NACo has prepared a toolkit that provides updated information on some of the most pressing federal legislative and regulatory issues facing the nation’s counties. It also contains helpful tips for communicating with members of Congress and the media. If you do not already have plans to meet with your senators and representative(s) while they are home, we encourage you to reach out to their offices and request meetings.
Issues addressed in the toolkit include:
- Protect the Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds
- Preserve the State and Local Tax Deduction in Tax Reform
- Support the Marketplace Fairness Act (Remote Sales Tax Legislation)
- Support County Priorities in Any New Infrastructure Package
- Support FAA Reauthorization and Continued Air Service to Local Communities
- Support Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)
- Support Secure Rural Schools (SRS)
- Preserve County Interests in Waters of The U.S. (WOTUS) Regulations
- Support Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program