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Federal Issues

National Infrastructure Week and a Call to Action

May 14, 2018
With the approach of the mid-term elections, the departure in April of DJ Gribbin, the President’s infrastructure adviser, and divisions in Congress over how to pay for a complex plan to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and rural broadband, it is likely that the development of a comprehensive infrastructure package will be pushed into early 2019. Lawmakers are still working on a broad plan, but their immediate task is to meet legislative deadlines for existing programs, including authorization for aviation and water resources programs, as well as approving Farm Bill legislation.

Capital Needs of Georgia's Cities, 2018-2022

GMA’s Capital Needs Report provides an overview of the projected 5-year capital needs for Georgia’s cities based on a survey of GMA’s 521 member cities. Cities were asked to report needs for nine general categories: transportation, water and sewer, stormwater and drainage, solid waste, public safety, parks and recreation, government buildings, community/downtown improvements, and land acquisition and greenspace.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG has served to create jobs, develop affordable housing, stabilize neighborhoods and provide necessary public services to local governments throughout Georgia. The strength of the CDBG program lies in local determination of immediate need, flexibility in addressing problems, identifying eligible activities, and responsible administration of funds by state and local officials.


The Internet marketplace is rapidly expanding – It does not make sense to treat one channel of sales differently than another. Online sales are growing 4 times faster than sales made at brick and mortar establishments. To level the playing field for Georgia’s hometown businesses, Congress must take action to allow state and local governments to require retailers to collect sales taxes on online purchases.

Federal Tax Reform

Municipal bonds have been a foundation for local infrastructure finance for 100 years. The threat to this important resource is very real, and Georgia’s delegation members need to hear from city officials. GMA encourages all city officials to touch base with your Senators and Congressmen to urge them to protect the tax treatment for municipal bonds.
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Various city officials speak about the importance of CDBG.
Senator Isakson discusses GMA's Federal priorities for Mayors' Day 2017.