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America’s counties, parishes and boroughs unite through NACo, building healthy, vibrant and safe communities.

And this year, our collective voice has never been stronger.


Building on the strength of our momentum, NACo is poised to reach new heights on behalf of the nation's 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs, with the simple message that counties matter."

Hon. Mary Ann Borgeson
NACo President

Strengthening the Intergovernmental Partnership

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Through bipartisan outreach, county leaders, top Administration officials and members of Congress continue to address many issues important to counties.

We worked closely with our federal partners to strengthen the relationship between levels of government, preserve local decision-making and safeguard counties’ seat at the table when important decisions are made in Washington.

White House rep celebrates administration’s relationship with counties

Doug Hoelscher, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, reaffirmed the administration's commitment to county governments, while speaking at the General Session.

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NACo testifies on the role of counties in our nation's system of federalism

NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations on the important role counties play in our nation’s current federalist system.

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Analysis on FY2020 Spending Deal

Explore NACo analysis of the bipartisan FY 2020 legislative package, which includes several key provisions affecting county governments.

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Advocating for Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools

We successfully secured full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program and a two-year reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools as we work toward long-term sustainability for these programs. These programs help counties with untaxable federal lands – 62 percent of counties nationwide – provide essential services, including law enforcement, search and rescue, road maintenance and education.  

PILT Advocacy Toolkit

Find resources designed to help county officials educate Congress, the administration and the public on the importance of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program

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Press Conference in support of SRS & PILT

During the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference, public lands county officials and Members of Congress convened on Capitol Hill for a press conference in support of full, mandatory funding of Payments In-Lieu of Taxes and a long-term solution for the Secure Rural Schools program.

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Capitol Hill Briefing on PILT

As part of the 2019 PILT Fly-In, NACo hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the importance of the PILT program with Members of Congress and their staffs.

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Counties testify in support of full PILT funding and SRS reauthorization

Wrangell Borough, Alaska Mayor Stephen Prysunka testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on behalf of NACo at a hearing supporting full PILT funding and SRS reauthorization.

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Counties testify on deferred maintenance on Federal lands

Coconino County, Ariz. Supervisor Liz Archuleta testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on deferred maintenance needs on federal lands and potential solutions.

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Working to Repeal the State and Local Tax Deduction Cap

NACo has supported efforts for a full restoration of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions since the establishment of the cap as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Through work with members of Congress, we successfully secured House-passage of legislation to temporarily repeal the limits on SALT deductions.

NACo testifies on the importance of the state and local tax deduction

Berks County, Pa. Commissioner and NACo Northeast Region Representative Christian Leinbach testifies before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenues about the importance of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to county governments

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U.S. House passes legislation to repeal SALT deduction cap for two years, focus turns to Senate efforts

U.S. House of Representatives advances legislation to suspend the $10,000 cap placed on state and local tax (SALT) deductions for next two years

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Individual County Salt Profiles

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SALT at a Glance

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Repealing the 'Cadillac Tax'

After nearly a decade, we finally achieved a major county goal and successfully repealed the tax on employer-sponsored health benefits. Repealing the 'Cadillac Tax' will help county governments, which employ 3.6 million Americans, provide quality health care to employees, in efforts to attract and retain a talented workforce for public service.

Staving off unfunded mandates

NACo spearheaded successful efforts to stave off unfunded mandates, including:

  • The repeal and replacement of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule;
  • FEMA’s risk rating policies for flood mapping, which could have drastically increased residents’ costs; and
  • updates to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act that improve the designation of critical habitat and streamline the consultation process.

Waters of the the U.S. Action Center

Find the latest resources of the Waters of the U.S.

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Counties testify on environmental stewardship, land use and economic resiliency

Coos County, Ore. Commissioner Melissa Cribbins testifies before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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NACo testifies on Endangered Species Act modernization

Klickitat County, Wash. Commissioner David Sauter will testify today on behalf of NACo on ESA modernization bills.

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Increasing funding for the 2020 Census and Elections

We secured increased federal funding and assistance ahead of the 2020 elections and Census.

With federal funding being apportioned each year based on decennial census results, an accurate, complete count is crucial to county governments and all residents; and with counties responsible for more than 100,000 polling locations and 700,000 poll workers every two years, new federal investments will assist states and counties in better securing and administering elections across the country.

Census 2020 Working Group

NACo has formed a working group to support local efforts to ensure that the 2020 Census reflects each county’s full population

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All Elections Are Local: The County Role in the Elections Process

In the United States, the nation’s 3,069 counties traditionally administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections.

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Continuing to fight substance abuse and the opioid epidemic

Counties across the country are dealing with the fallout from a substance abuse crisis that has been on the rise for years — whether it means placing more kids in foster care when parents are absent, training librarians on how to administer Narcan or watching budgets get busted at the county coroner’s office – and NACo continues to fight substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. This year, we secured continued support for public health and the fight against the opioid epidemic.

County News Hot Topics: The Substance Abuse Crisis: Counties Reach for Solutions

In this special issue of County News, we look at solutions and challenges and hear from county officials around the country.

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Opioids in Appalachia: The Role of Counties in Reversing a Regional Epidemic

Across the nation, communities are suffering from rampant opioid misuse and overdose rates, and the 420 counties in the Appalachian region of the eastern U.S. have been disproportionately impacted by this epidemic of addiction. 

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Supporting rural and underserved communities

We secured increased investments in economic development through Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Economic Development Administration.

CDBG for Counties

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federally-funded grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, that assists state and local governments in improving housing and living conditions and providing community services for vulnerable residents.

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NACo testifies on the role of EDA in economic development and recovery

Gunnison County, Colo. Commissioner John Messner testifies before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on the role of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in economic development and recovery.

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Counties and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Understanding the federal-state-local workforce system and why it matters to counties

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Individual County CDBG Profiles

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Individual County HOME Profiles

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Preserving local decision-making on 5G deployment, cable franchising fees and accurate broadband maps

NACo continued to work with the FCC and Congress to preserve local decision-making on 5G deployment and cable franchising fees. We partnered with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to address the critical need for affordable high-speed internet for rural communities across the country, and together, developed TestIT, a mobile app that gives mobile phone users the power to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity and share that information to push for change.

Access to affordable, high-speed internet is essential to connect people and places and compete in today’s economy. Outdated broadband mapping techniques limit Congress’ ability to accurately identify and allocate broadband resources across much of America. This mobile app will help identify gaps in broadband coverage and help guide federal, state and local decision-making.”

Matthew Chase
NACo Excecutive Director

TestIT: How Fast is Your Broadband

NACo has partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to develop a mobile app designed to identify areas with low or no connectivity to help ensure adequate funding for broadband infrastructure is provided across the country.

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Next Generation Local Zoning Authority: 5G Wireless Broadband 101

Counties will play a key role in the 5G deployment process as service providers navigate public property and rights-of-way.

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Panel Discussion: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide with Broadband

NACo, the National League of Cities and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association hold a conversation about the state of the urban-rural divide and efforts by community leaders to bridge the broadband gap.

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Addressing Pretrial Detainee Health Care & Recidivism

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NACo lobbied for consistent investments in local reentry programs, and launced a joint task force with the National Sheriffs’ Association to explore the impacts of existing federal policies on recidivism and health outcomes of local jail inmates. Through the join task force, county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services are exploring solutions and raising awareness about the impacts of the the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), a federal policy  strips federal health and veterans benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction, and its contribution to the national behavioral and mental health crisis as well as rates of recidivism in our local jails.

Stripping federal health benefits from those jailed but not convicted, and are presumed innocent, is a violation of their constitutional rights. By providing continuity of health care to those most in need, counties can help break the cycle of recidivism exacerbated by untreated physical and mental illnesses and substance use disorders.”

Matthew Chase
NACo Excecutive Director

NACo-NSA Joint Task Force: Pretrial Detainee Health Care and Recidivism

Convened in March 2019, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) joint task force is exploring and raising awareness about the impacts of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP)

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NACo-NSA Health Care and Jails Joint Task Force Town Hall

Watch a listening session about NACo and the National Sheriffs' Association new Jail Inmate Task Force.

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Capitol Hill Briefing: Reimagining Health Care in County Jails

During the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference, county leaders hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the role of counties in providing health services in jails.

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Supporting County Priorities in Transportation and Infrasturcture

NACo worked to highlight county priorities in federal transportation and infrastructure policy. As Congress considers reauthorizing a federal surface transportation bill, county priorities must be adequately addressed given their stake as substantial owners of roads (46 percent) and bridges (38 percent) across the country.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Transportation’s Hometown Impact: Rebuilding with Local Government in the 116th Congress

Local officials lead a panel discussion on the importance of including priorities vital to America's counties in any infrastructure bill, including surface transportation reauthorization.

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Capitol Hill Briefing: Fixing the FAST Act: The Road to a Surface Transportation Reauthorization in the 116th Congress

During the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference, county leaders hosted a Capitol Hill briefing about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and about how the federal government can implement public policy to improve and update our national transportation infrastructure system.

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