President Barack Obama said Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx will press ahead as transportation secretary with the administration’s goals to rebuild and expand the nation’s infrastructure.
Sugar Land, Texas, plans to pump $50 million into new parks around the city of 85,000, just the kind of project President Barack Obama wants to revitalize the U.S. economy by spurring investment in aging infrastructure.
More than a third of U.S. municipalities plan to borrow in 2013 for capital projects, the most in at least two years, as officials gain confidence in the economic outlook, according to a National League of Cities survey.
U.S. local governments may cut almost 500,000 jobs through next year to cope with sliding property taxes, a decline in state and federal aid and added need for social services, according to a report released today.
San Carlos, a Silicon Valley suburb that calls itself the City of Good Living, will hire contractors to maintain parks and negotiate with county officials to take over policing, becoming the latest California community eliminating basic services to close budget deficits.
Trenton, the New Jersey capital that fired a third of its police force in September to help close an $18 million budget deficit, could ill afford to reject Governor Chris Christie’s offer of $22 million in aid this year.