The County Countdown – July 10, 2023
Every other week, NACo’s County Countdown reviews federal advocacy updates on topics related to counties and the intergovernmental partnership.
Watch the video above for your intergovernmental policy bulletin, and explore below for NACo's resources on the key issues we covered this week.
1. Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Counties
The Supreme Court recently issued decisions on a number of cases with direct implications for county governments, covering topics like the Independent State Legislature Theory and employment law.
- Why it matters: These outcomes significantly shape the operational and legal landscape for counties nationwide.
- Looking ahead: The Local Government Legal Center – which was co-founded by NACo – will host a briefing to provide an in-depth analysis of these decisions tomorrow, July 11 at 1 p.m. ET.
2. Broadband Funding
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) has announced state funding allocations for the $42 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.
- Why it's important: This initiative is set to bring high-speed, affordable internet access to county residents in unserved and underserved areas, bridging the digital divide.
- Getting it right: Accurate data and advocacy for responsible broadband development are pivotal to the successful implementation of this program.
3. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional leaders have introduced the NFIP Reauthorization Act, aiming to renew the program for five years with significant changes.
- Why it matters: This legislation proposes measures such as capping annual policy premium increases and providing vouchers for low- and middle-income homeowners and renters, which would directly benefit counties and our constituents.
- What's next: NACo is tracking this legislation and will share updates as it moves forward.
4. Recompete Pilot Program
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced a $200 million pilot for the Recompete Program, with at least 20 plans receiving grants of $6-12 million.
- Why it matters: This investment is intended to catalyze economic recovery and growth, targeting economically distressed communities with high unemployment.
- Applications: Applications for the pilot are due October 5.
Fremont County, Colorado Commissioner Dwayne McFall testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources, emphasizing the need for healthy federal forests.
Every other week, NACo’s County Countdown reviews top federal policy advocacy items with an eye towards counties and the intergovernmental partnership.