Calif. wine country fires "by far... the biggest catastrophe we’ve ever faced"
It was about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 9 when Carmel Angelo, Mendocino County, California CEO, was notified by the sheriff’s office that a deadly wildfire was threatening the community.
Rural housing, opioid supply fix, USDA topics at RAC symposium in Wise County, Texas
For the first time in eight years, NACo’s Rural Action Caucus (RAC) met for its annual symposium — this year in Wise County, Texas — with a new secretary leading the Department of Agriculture.
Counties' drone safety and privacy ordinances could fall victim to a U.S. District Court decision
A U.S. District Court decision Sept. 21 could affect local government’s ability to implement safety and privacy ordinances for drone flights.
On October 11, House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), introduced legislation that would grant supplemental appropriations to help aid communities that have been impacted by catastrophic damage caused by wildfires, as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Congress and the White House are currently working on a federal tax reform proposal that would significantly weaken over 100 years of fiscal federalism, resulting in a $1.3 trillion federal revenue grab from homeowners that would threaten the ability of county residents to afford state and local taxes and support state and local services.
On October 10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal the “Clean Power Plan (CPP)” issued under the Obama Administration in 2015.