I. Share the Message that Municipal Budgets Need Support Due to COVID-19
The League has launched the MunisAreEssential campaign in response to budget shortfalls local governments are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is encouraging local officials to contact their state and federal legislators to support bills that will address revenue shortfalls by providing funding and/or tools. We are also asking officials to educate their citizens on how local government budgets work, as we have witnessed a lot of misunderstanding in this area.
Social media graphics and sample posts are available on the League’s website. To help spread this message, please share these posts on your municipal feeds, and remember to tag with #MunisAreEssential. This campaign coincides with the National League of Cities’ “Cities Are Essential” effort to secure direct federal funding to local governments nationwide.
II. NJ Municipalities Magazine Seeking Your Stories
Local officials are invited to share their stories with the readers of New Jersey Municipalities magazine. Do you have a successful initiative or an innovation that could help your fellow local governments in the Garden State? We are now accepting article queries from local government project and program leaders for potential publication in the League magazine’s 2020 issues.
For the editorial calendar and editorial submission guide, please visit the magazine’s webpage or contact Managing Editor Amy Spiezio at firstname.lastname@example.org.