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Partnership Act needs local support, action.

Consideration of the Local Partnership Act (HR 3601) proposed by Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) is anticipated before the end of February in the Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives, making immediate city efforts to support this legislation critical.

The Partnership Act would distribute $15 billion directly to cities and counties in its first year and a total of $28 billion over the following four years. The distribution formula would give heavy weight to unemployment, tax effort and per capita income.

Steps that will be essential are: passage of the proposal at subcommittee and full committee levels in the House, changes in federal budget law to allow the transfer of defense spending reductions to domestic programs, placement of an amount in the proposed budget for the program by the House Budget Committee and finding Senate sponsors for the proposal.

All cities officials should contact their Representatives and Senators and ask them to find out how much money would flow to your community under the partnership program.

City officials with Representatives on the Subcommittee should contact them now to describe the impact of the current recession on their city and the high priority uses to which the funds would probably be applied in their community. The subcommittee is composed of the following members: Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.) Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), William Zeliff (R-N.H.) David Hobson (R-Ohio) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

The House Budget Committee is critical to this proposal because it sets target allocations for appropriations committees. Members of this committee also will be critical to any effort to take down the budget law "firewalls" which prohibit the use of defense savings to finance domestic spending.

For other Congressional proposals which would provide money to cities and towns as anti-recession stimuli, see Nation's Cities Weekly, February 10, 1992, pages 6-7.
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Title Annotation:Local Partnership Act
Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Feb 17, 1992
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