Mayor Fargo says local taxpayers are paying too much for federal mandates. "Especially in terms of things like homeland security where we’re asked to do things but the funding doesn’t follow the request. It’s very expensive sometimes for cities to respond to federal mandates and it gets in the way of local initiatives."
The mayors are urging Congress to help enforce an act passed 10 years ago designed to protect cities called the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
The mayors also unanimously passed a resolution requiring their cities to meet emissions standards set by the Kyoto Protocal. "Even if the federal agenda isn’t clear, what we can do to reduce emissions and improve air quality."
President Bush opposes the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The mayors are also discussing issues such as homelessness and transportation. The 5 day conference ends Tuesday.