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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Opportunity to Comment on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

The League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities (NLC), alerted us to an opportunity for municipalities to comment on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) mode...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 9, 2023

FY2023 Federal Omnibus Budget Passed

In the final week of December, the House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed a $1.7 trillion FY2023 federal budget through September 30, 2023. For provisions of state and local interest, please read the League’s two blog posts, the fir...

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Posted on: December 30, 2022

SHBP Update: No Relief In New Year

Earlier today the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) met to consider items including the transfer of Federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds. The transfers, which were already outlined in the State budget, included:

  • $300 million for various ca...
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Pension & Health Benefits
Posted on: December 23, 2022

White House Releases Inflation Reduction Act Clean Energy Guidebook

Last week, the White House released the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Guidebook of Clean Energy provisions in the law. This guidebook provides an overview of the clean energy, climate mitigation and resilience, agriculture, and conservation-relat...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 23, 2022

FCC Grant Opportunity and National Broadband Map Challenge Deadlines Approaching

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a funding opportunity for the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program and the process to challenge the FCC’s National Broadband Map.   Affordable C...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 23, 2022

RAISE Grant Funding and Upcoming Webinars Set

The next round of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program is now open. $1.5 billion in competitive grant funding is available for a broad range of infrastruct...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 23, 2022

Federal Budget Update

On Thursday, the Senate, by a vote of 68-29 passed the FY2023 federal budget. As of this writing on Friday morning, the House is expected to pass the budget bill. The $1.7 trillion document funds all governmental departments through September 202...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 20, 2022

RAISE Grant Funding and Upcoming Webinars Set

The next round of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program is now open. $1.5 billion in competitive grant funding is available for a broad range of infrastruct...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 20, 2022

Call your Member of Congress TODAY for ARPA Flexibility

Congress' last task before the holidays is the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, and as of Friday, the ARPA Flexibility provisions that the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities (NLC), has been advocating wa...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 19, 2022

Federal Budget Update

This week, the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through next Friday, December 23, and sent it to President Joe Biden for his signature. This allows them time to complete the federal budget next week. Had the f...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 19, 2022

Rep. Sherrill Introduces Auto Theft Prevention Act

U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) has introduced the bipartisan Auto Theft Prevention Act with U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), which would dedicate funding to local law enforcement agencies for resources to combat auto thefts under the U.S. Departmen...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 5, 2022

EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Brownfield Technical Assistance and Research Grants

EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Brownfield Technical Assistance and Research Grants 

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Requests for Applications for $57 million in funding that is available for two new ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Blog Post: Available Federal Grants

Please read the League’s recent blog post for newly announced and application instructions for various competitive federal grants that are available to municipalities.  Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, ...

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Home
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Financial Data Transparency Act of 2022: A Costly Unfunded Mandate for Municipalities

As Congress prepares to pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), municipalities should be aware of a provision that may have a negative impact on their operations through the imposition of a new unfunded mandate. Senators Mark Warner (D-...

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Home
Posted on: August 12, 2022

ARP Project & Expenditure Reporting to DLGS

If you are among the municipalities that have yet to file your American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Project and Expenditure Report that was due on April 30, please be advised that the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) has ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 12, 2022

President Signs CHIPS and Science Act

On Tuesday, August 9, President Joe Biden signed H.R. 4346, the CHIPS and Science Act, into law. In addition to authorizing funding for research and innovation programs, the law appropriates a total of $54.2 billion to support domestic semiconduc...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 12, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Activity

This past weekend, the U.S. Senate utilized the chamber’s reconciliation rules to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, along a party-line vote of 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. On Wednesday...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 12, 2022

U.S. Treasury Releases ARPA SLFRF Affordable Housing Guidance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced How-to Guidance on increasing the ability of state, local, and tribal governments to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Recovery Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) payments to boost the...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Ground Broken on Portal North Bridge

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and other officials broke ground on the Portal North Bridge, a critical link in the congested territory between New Jersey and New York. Replacement of the 111-year-old b...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 13, 2022

Second Tranche of ARP SLRF Expected

According to statute, the second tranche payment for local governments in areas defined as Metropolitan Cities by U.S. Treasury will be made available no earlier than 12 months after the first tranche. The second tranche payment for localities will occur ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 27, 2022

U.S. Treasury Issues Guidance for Federal Requirements for Single Audits

U.S. Treasury Issues Guidance for Federal Requirements for Single Audits

 U.S. Treasury released the 2022 Compliance Supplement – 2 CFR Part 200 Appendix XI. Among the changes that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issue...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 13, 2022

ARP & BIL Presentation

This past Wednesday, May 11, at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, League Senior Legislative Analyst Paul Penna participated in a panel: American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Program Funds: Leveraging Federal, ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 13, 2022

NTIA Announces Municipal Broadband Funding Opportunity

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) featuring Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure, which is direct competitive funding. Municipalities are among the e...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 22, 2022

SCOTUS Issues Decision of Municipal Interest

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has released its decision in City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Austin, LLC, Et al. This case examined the City of Austin’s sign ordinance, which regulates “off-premises” signs ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 22, 2022

Rural Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

The White House released a new resource to help identify and apply for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook. The League has created a spreadsheet to help communities navig...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 13, 2022

Scam Targeting ARPA SLFRF NEUs

We want to share correspondence from the U.S. Treasury that was sent to the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, regarding a SAM.gov registration scam targeting Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs) as classified by the federal govern...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 21, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Conservation Innovation Grants New Jersey Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) New Jersey State Program released the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Funding Opportunity. Municipalities are eligible recipients under this f...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Lunch and Learn Briefing with White House Intergovernmental Affairs Office

On Wednesday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m., the League is hosting a free Lunch and Learn briefing with Gabe Amos, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The White House team will outline the Biden Administration’s prio...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Federal Budget Update

The continuing resolution to fund the federal government expired Friday. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus funding bill through September 30 and the Senate concurred later in the day. President Joe Biden is ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 14, 2022

League Releases Condensed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

A few weeks ago, the Biden Administration released the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Guidebook. League staff reviewed the 465-page document and produced a condensed version, along with a separate spreadsheet that focuses on programs where f...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 14, 2022

NTIA Host Pre-Funding Webinar Series

The National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) will host a pre-Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) technical assistance webinar series from March to May 2022 in connection with the five new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Federal Budget Update

By a vote of 65-27 on Thursday evening, the Senate passed a three-week continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 11. Last week, the House passed the continuing resolution and it now goes to President Biden for his signatu...

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Federal Government