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The health and vitality of local economies are critical to a robust and dynamic national economy.

Federal fiscal policies should enhance the ability of local elected officials to respond to needs at the local level. Cities rely on federal funding to build infrastructure, support economic development, deliver human services, and ensure public safety. Washington State's economy also includes significant defense bases and investments. With sufficient federal funds, cities can demonstrate a substantial return on investment. This funding must be consistent, stable, and reliable. In addition, Washington cities oppose federal policies that undermine local government regulatory authority, impose unfunded mandates, or preempt local government revenues and revenue authorities.

Strong cities need Congress to:

  • Invest in local public infrastructure
  • Invest in safe communities
  • Invest in transportation
  • Invest in affordable housing
  • Protect local control over public rights-of-way
  • Protect local fiscal sustainability and regulatory efforts

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