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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NACo Legislative Conference Washington DC 2017

I was fortunate to be able to travel to Washington DC this past weekend to attend the NACo (National Association of Counties) Legislative Conference.  Like my previous experience attending School Board conferences, I found the opportunity to meet peers from around the nation to be very interesting and informative.  NACo advocates for counties on broad areas that primarily relate to financial considerations for counties.  Although much of what NACo is advocating for makes great sense--I personally don't agree with all of their positions.  Some of the interesting break out sessions I attended dealt with the Opioid epidemic, addressing unfunded federal mandates, protecting US Counties' ability to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds to fund infrastructure projects, dealing with homelessness, and criminal justice reform. 

This organization, NACo, will hold a large conference in Ohio in July of this year, and many more subjects of interest will be discussed at this conference.  NACo's brief policy positions can be found here.

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