Belt-tightening continued in cities across the United States in 2011, as fiscal crunches forced local governments to cut back. City revenues are projected to decline 2.3% by the end of 2011, according to a new report from the National League of Cities released Tuesday, marking the fifth straight year of declines.
U.S. cities from Duluth, Ga., to Los Angeles are being hit with a double whammy: Not only are they rapidly losing their retail businesses, but many are also struggling to replace these vacant storefront with new businesses.
The fight for border security and immigration-law reform will continue when the new Congress convenes in January. Following the exclusion of key immigration provisions in the intelligence reform bill, Congress has promised to take an immediate look at a plan to institute national driver's license standards. That may renew interest in another stalled proposal: a plan to track down more of the estimated 15 million illegal aliens living in the United States.