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Dear Mr. President: Can you send me a new storm sewer?

These days, cities across Virginia are putting the final touches on the wish lists they’ll send to their state legislators ahead of the Jan. 14 start of the General Assembly session. (And since most of the items on those lists seem to  appear year after year after year, a few frustrated Virginia mayors may even be preparing to write to Santa Claus to ask for what they consider to be adequate funding for education, police departments, constitutional officers, etc.). You can see Fredericksburg’s legislative agenda here.

As Barack Obama prepares to take office as the 44th President of the United States, MSNBC surveyed mayors across the country, asking what they want from the new commander in chief. All of the Virginia cities surveyed had populations under 50,000 (Hopewell, Charlottesville, Martinsville, Blacksburg and Radford). While broad issues like healthcare, energy, jobs and the Iraq war can be found in these mayors’ comments, some of these mayors pointed to very specific ways the federal government can help cities.

Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris, for example, asked for more federal funding for two things: public housing and transit. Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam asked that the feds continue to support the Community Development Block Grant program, which is an important funding source for nonprofits and local government programs that help people find housing, healthcare, legal representation and other basic services (In Fredericksburg, CDBG money helps keep this program going.) Just south of here, small-town mayors in North Carolina asked for help in the very unglamorous (but very necessary) area of water and sewer infrastructure.

Read the comments for yourself here.

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