The United States House of Representatives is considering legislation that would establish grants to help save municipal jobs and prevent layoffs. H.R. 4812, also known as the Local Jobs for America Act, has as its purpose: “To provide funds to States, units of general local government, and community based organizations to save and create local jobs through the retention, restoration, or expansion of services needed by local communities, and for other purposes.”

If passed, this legislation would allocate $75 billion to cities and counties nationwide to be directed specifically to fund full-time, full-year government or local community organization jobs. Of this amount, roughly $52 billion would be dedicated to communities with more than 50,000 residents, and $23 billion would be granted to states to be distributed among communities with fewer than 50,000 residents. In addition, the bill also is drafted to include $1.18 billion to create an estimated 5,550 police officer jobs nationwide, and $500 million to hire and retain firefighters.

For more information on the Local Jobs for America Act, please visit the National League of Cities’ Web site at

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