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Although local governments rarely make the evening news, local governments are the foundation for the American public sector. 

  • Local infrastructure and services. In total, local governments spend over 2 trillion dollars each year to provide the public infrastructure and services that Americans use every day, from the roads we drive on, to the schools our kids go to, and the drinking water that comes out of our tap.
  • Local self-government. As the level of government closest to the people, local governments are the foundation for the American democratic system.
  • Local politics. Although Americans don’t always agree on politics, this country’s diversity of ideas and opinions is America’s greatest strength. In order to thrive as a country, neighbors need to get along with neighbors. This requires local political systems and a local political culture that allow all voices to be heard and that ensures that local decisions are made in a deliberative, thoughtful and inclusive way.