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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Senate Rejects Administration ‘Claw-back’ Proposal

On Wednesday, in Washington, with a 48-50 vote, the United State Senate rejected the Administration’s rescission bill. In addition to questions about proposed cuts to certain programs, a number of legislators from both parties were concerned tha...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

House Committee Releases FY '19 Transportation & Housing Appropriations

Thanks to the leadership provided by Committee Chair and New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, late last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 25, 2018

Officials' Social Media Impacted by Federal Court Ruling

On Wednesday, a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York ruled President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account to be a designated public forum and therefore blocking individuals from viewing his Twitter account is a violation of the First Amen...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 25, 2018

US Senate Stalls on NFIP Reauthorization

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities, was originally set to expire last fall. Although the House of Representatives passed legislation, entitled the 21st Century Flood Reform ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the Profession...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of theCOPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admi...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) grant funding opportunity, a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement a...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Water Infrastructure Loan Availability

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of the second round of funding for water infrastructure projects under the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA is seeking Letters of In...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Budget Impasse Continues

Yesterday, the State Senate, in a 21-17 vote, and the General Assembly, in a 46-28 vote, passed S-2019, a state budget for fiscal year 2019. The State Constitution requires the adoption of a balanced state budget by July 1.Earlier in the week, Governor Ph...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Amendments Advance in Senate

On June 14, by a vote of 4-0, the Senate State Government Committee amended and released S-106, which revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which revises the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The League testified, along with the New Jersey...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Senate Passes Beach Public Access Bill

Yesterday, the State Senate passed S-1074, a bill which the League opposes. This bill, like similar bills from prior legislative sessions, seeks to ensure public access to beaches and waterways through the public trust doctrine. While the League supports ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Preemptive "Bag Bill" Sent to Governor

Yesterday in Trenton, both House passed legislation that would impose a Statewide fee on single-use carryout bags provided to customers at retail check-out counters. The League of Municipalities opposes the legislation (A-3267/S-2600), which would, in par...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Ask Legislators to Oppose ETR Changes in State Budget

Earlier this week, League President and East Rutherford Mayor Jim Cassella wrote to every member of the State Senate and General Assembly, urging them to oppose the Governor’s proposed re-appropriation of dedicated Energy Tax Receipts (ETR). As ...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

State Shutdown Possible

State policy makers continue to work towards an agreement on revenues and appropriations for New Jersey’s next fiscal year. Serious disagreements remain, however, regarding revenue raising options. Still, Governor Murphy and Legislative Leaders,...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills to Senate Budget Committee

By a vote of 4-0, the Senate State Government Committee amended and released S-106, which revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which revises the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The League testified, along with the New Jersey Association...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

PILOT Bill Amended & Released

On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee amended and released S-1701, which is opposed by the League. This bill would require an application for a long term property tax exemption (PILOT) to include a cost-benefit analysis and for the municipality to produc...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Urgent Legislative Alert: Take Action on OPRA & OPMA Revisions

On Thursday, June 14, the Senate State Government Committee will consider S-106 and S-107, bills which will revise the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Though we anticipate committee amendments, these bills are, as i...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

Senate Accepts Governor's Conditional Veto of S-5

The Senate unanimously accepted the Governor’s conditional veto of S-5, which would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees comprised of Labor and Management representatives. The earliest the Senate c...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Appellate Division Issues OPRA Decision

In a consolidated opinion, the Appellate Division issued its decision in Harry Scheeler v. City of Cape May, a case which the League joined as amicus curiae. This case concerned the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and specifically sought to answer the ques...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act Signed

Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by hav...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Clarifications of Animal Cruelty Enforcement Law

On January 16 of this year, former Governor Christie signed into law a bill that enacted major reforms, designed to improve enforcement of the State’s animal welfare and animal cruelty statutes. In response to reports of improprieties, the law e...

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Charitable Trust Legislation Signed

On May 4 in East Rutherford, Governor Murphy signed S-1893, which permits municipalities, counties, or school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for specific public purposes; and permits property tax credits in association with cert...

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Posted on: April 27, 2018

Pay Equity Act Signed into Law

On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law S-104, the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.” The new law which takes effect July 1, 2018, modifies the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to expand unlawful employment practice under LAD t...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Urgent Legislative Alert: Take Action on OPRA & OPMA Revisions

On Thursday, June 14, the Senate State Government Committee will consider S-106 and S-107, bills which will revise the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Though we anticipate committee amendments, these bills are, as i...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Senate Accepts Governor's Conditional Veto of S-5

The Senate unanimously accepted the Governor’s conditional veto of S-5, which would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees comprised of Labor and Management representatives. The earliest the Senate c...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the Profession...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act Signed

Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by having access to, and t...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 15, 2018

Clarifications of Animal Cruelty Enforcement Law

On January 16 of this year, former Governor Christie signed into law a bill that enacted major reforms, designed to improve enforcement of the State’s animal welfare and animal cruelty statutes. In response to reports of improprieties, the law eliminates ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Charitable Trust Legislation Signed

On May 4 in East Rutherford, Governor Murphy signed S-1893, which permits municipalities, counties, or school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for specific public purposes; and permits property tax credits in association with cert...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Pay Equity Act Signed into Law

On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law S-104, the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.” The new law which takes effect July 1, 2018, modifies the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to expand unlawful employment practice under LAD to include discrimina...

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Posted on: March 23, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Extension

Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards expired on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awa...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Free Complete Streets Training

Sustainable Jersey will conduct two identical, full-day workshops covering a range of topics, including what complete streets are and why they are important; policy, implementation, and design guidance; and funding sources.

The two identical, full-day workshops cover a range of topics, including what complete streets are and why they are important; policy, implementation, and design guidance; and funding sources. For more information, visit the Sustainable Jersey website Eve...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

NJ Supreme Court Limits Rice Notice Requirements, Clarifies Minute Timing

the State Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell overturning the Appellate Division ruling on Rice notices and requirement that minutes be released within a specific amount of time.

On Thursday, the State Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell, a case which the League joined as amicus. In this case, the Court addressed various issues involving the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Decides on MLUL TOA Rule

The State Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Twp. The court decided an application whose required documentation is incomplete does not trigger the time of application rule.

Earlier this week the State Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Twp., a case which the League participated in as amicus. In short, this case dealt with the Municipal Land Use Law&am...

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Notices
Posted on: June 8, 2018

DLGS Summarized Recent Laws in Local Finance Notice 2018-17

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-17 summarizing certain local government-related laws recently enacted. The notice includes information on laws such as Equal Pay and Dedicated Prepayment of Property Taxes.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-17 summarizing certain local government-related laws recently enacted. The notice includes information on laws such as Equal Pay and Dedicated Prepayment of Property Taxes.

In r...

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Notices
Posted on: June 8, 2018

FAST Update

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2018-16 providing an update on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST) and the reopening of the budget module for municipalities.

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2018-16 providing an update on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST) and the reopening of the budget module for municipalities. Calendar Year municipalities will be requir...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Connect with NJLM National Affiliate

The National League of Cities represents 19,000 cities, towns, and villages across America — giving local leaders a voice in Washington and beyond. Sign up for NLC’s Weekly newsletter at nlc.org.

The National League of Cities represents 19,000 cities, towns, and villages across America — giving local leaders a voice in Washington and beyond. Every day, NLC posts news, resources, and opportunities that empower elected officials to become ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

Federal Court Issues Ruling on Municipal Funding from Federal Governmentt

A Federal Judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that the Federal administration could not withhold law enforcement grants from a municipality based on a municipality’s “sanctuary city” policy.

Earlier this week a Federal Judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the Federal administration could not withhold law enforcement grants from a municipality based on a municipality’s “sanctuary city” policy. In The City of Philadelp...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Nominees Sought for Michael A. Pane Memorial Award

Nominations are requested by Sept. 15 for the 16th Annual Michael A. Pane Memorial Award, honoring a local government attorney, engineer, or planner who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics. Award presented at the League Conference.

Nominations are requested by Sept. 15 for the Institute of Local Government Attorneys' 16th Annual Michael A. Pane Memorial Award, honoring a local government attorney, engineer, or planner who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work ha...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Updated Mayors Wellness Campaign Toolkit

The new and improved Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) toolkit is geared to help mayors and community organizations address their unique local health needs. The toolkit contains an introductory video, and nearly 30 cost-effective program ideas.

The new and improved Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) toolkit is geared to help mayors and community organizations address their unique local health needs. The toolkit contains an introductory video, and nearly 30 evidence-based, step-by-step, cost-effectiv...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Officials' Social Media Impacted by Federal Court Ruling

A Federal Judge ruled President Trump’s personal Twitter account a designated public forum. This ruling could have widespread implications for government officials using social media.

On Wednesday, a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York ruled President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account to be a designated public forum and therefore blocking individuals from viewing his Twitter account is a violation of the ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

GRANT: NJDEP Flood-Resilience Planning Competition

NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Deadline: July 20.

The NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Resilient NJ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

GRANT: NJDEP Barnegat Bay Watershed Water Quality Improvement

The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Applications are due August 31.

The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Proposals that mitigate nutrients in stormwater in the northern and southern portions of Barnegat Ba...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

US Senate Stalls on NFIP Reauthorization

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire July 31. Unless Congress renews NFIP by then, FEMA would stop selling and renewing flood insurance policies. The Senate has been slow to consider long-term reauthorization.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities, was originally set to expire last fall. Although the House of Representatives passed legislation, entitled the 21st Century Flood Reform ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Special Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

The Dept. of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly. This insect has the potential to impact the agricultural industry, especially the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries.

The Department of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly to the Department either by email to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call the New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a ...

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Property Tax Relief Funding Shortfall Calculator Posted

Wharton Borough Administrator Jon Rheinhardt has developed a tool to measure annual and cumulative gaps between the amount of ETR and CMPTRA property tax relief funding municipalities received through the State & what WOULD HAVE been received under PTPA.

Our thanks to Wharton Borough Administrator Jon Rheinhardt, who has developed a tool that any municipality can use to measure the annual, and cumulative, gap between the amount of ETR and CMPTRA property tax relief funding the municipality actually receiv...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

The COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive grant program providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine.

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) grant funding opportunity, a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement a...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Program announces the availability of a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids.

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of theCOPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admi...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

EPA Funding for WIFIA Announced

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). WIFIA is a federal program aiming to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure through loans.

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). $5.5 billion in WIFIA loans are available. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program aiming to ...

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