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For several years, North Carolina firefighters have sought changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system to create a legal presumption that certain cancers were caused by exposures related to their work. It’s an understandable goal. Firefighters can be exposed to carcinogenic materials as a part of their job, and it is certainly a dangerous job. But the proposal would have...
It seems inconsistent: pandemic-related, record-level job losses while employers report their own hardships in finding workers. But that’s the nature of what analysts have called one of the strangest labor shortages in memory. Nationally, employers have reported too-tight talent pools or general hard times retaining staff. While much of the labor-shortage news spotlight is usually either broad-talking or sector-specific,...
On a recent drive, Southern City rolled through the ever-growing Wake County town of Fuquay-Varina and stopped at a few spots for photos of the activity. It’s a vision of a successfully managed town. Even in the winter cold, the town of about 35,000 residents showed plenty of foot traffic for the lunch hour, with patrons popping into hip...
The American Rescue Plan offers a generational opportunity for our municipalities, not just to recover from the pandemic, but to thrive well into the future. It is this forward-looking aspect of the ARP that is most consequential. How best can we utilize this money to create a lasting impact? All across North Carolina, cities and towns are developing plans and...
Cities, towns, and villages have been calling on Congress to get to work on an infrastructure package since 2016, and on November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden surrounded by city leaders and Members of Congress. Also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), this $1.2 trillion bill was...
It may largely fly under the public radar, but cities and towns have been paying significantly more into the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) these past years and the increases do not seem to be ending anytime soon. The system is under stress. The state and local pension system and its defined benefit structure plays an important role in...
The individual character of North Carolina’s cities and towns matters, and the NC League of Municipalities, working with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, is working to showcase how city officials are protecting and enhancing that community character. On WRAL’s new Hometown Carolina microsite, found at www.wral.com/hometown-carolina, NCLM is providing content to highlight how different cities and towns, with the input of citizens,...
Through calmness and confidence and the overcoming of crises, Alexander exits her yearlong League presidency having made a significant impact. Karen Alexander’s year as the NC League President is bursting with the notion of legacy. For the Salisbury Mayor and architect by trade, it is something she’s used to. Alexander builds monuments. What she leaves behind stands for generations. In this...
The league’s quarterly legislator Q&A In talking with Sen. Natalie Murdock, a Democrat representing the Durham area, it doesn’t take long to recognize her enthusiasm for legislative service. She describes herself as a policy wonk and is closely familiar with governmentese, local to federal. She’s worked in the areas of transportation, economic development, agriculture, childhood education, and more. Her appraisal...
You can stroll one of the top riverwalks in the country, absorb emerging issues, network with colleagues from around the state and tour the Cape Fear—it's all part of CityVision 2022, NCLM's annual conference, scheduled for an in-person agenda over April 27–28 in beautiful downtown Wilmington. (Some activity will begin April 26, when several League-affiliate groups, like Black Elected Municipal...
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