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Ruppersberger Accepts ‘President’s Award’ From National League of Cities

Mar 13, 2018
Press Release

Ruppersberger is former Baltimore County Executive and Council Member

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today accepted the 2018 President’s Award from the National League of Cities (NLC) before more than 2,000 mayors, city council and county council members from across the country. Ruppersberger and Congressman Randy Hultgren, an Illinois Republican, were selected for their bipartisan work protecting critical financing tools used for local infrastructure projects.

Ruppersberger and Hultgren, who chair the House Municipal Finance Caucus, authored legislation to preserve the tax exemption for municipal bonds and successfully fought to protect the exemption during tax reform negotiations. Nearly two-thirds of infrastructure investments across the country – including roads, police stations, libraries and parks – are financed with municipal bonds. Proposals submitted by federal officials have capped the value of tax benefits for municipal bonds, or eliminated the tax exemption on municipal bond interest altogether.

“I couldn’t be prouder to accept this award today on behalf of all American communities who are trying to do the right thing by investing in infrastructure, creating jobs, and spending tax dollars as efficiently as possible,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “These are the types of meat-and-potato issues that have a direct impact on communities and taxpayers across the country and Congressman Hultgren and I both believe they are too important to get caught up in party politics.”

Ruppersberger and Hultgren are currently sponsoring legislation to reverse a change in the tax reform bill and make sure local governments can refinance their infrastructure debts at lower interest rates.

The NLC is the oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments and today represents 49 state municipal leagues, more than 1,900 member cities, and more than 19,000 cities through membership in state municipal leagues. NLC’s primary mission is to help city leaders build better communities. NLC represents cities of all sizes.