local government


Definition of local government 

: the government of a specific local area constituting a subdivision of a major political unit (such as a nation or state) also : the body of persons constituting such a government

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Several local governments have stepped up efforts to restrict such guns. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018 The State Council, China’s cabinet, on Friday released guidelines to allow local governments to restart subway and light-rail projects put on hold in the past year when Beijing was worried about debt. WSJ, "Cash Flows: Beijing Opens the Taps With Rail Projects and More Lending," 13 July 2018 With a mix of consumer features and soft news reports, many stations are not exactly holding local governments accountable, instead leaving that job largely to newspapers. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 What local governments are doing The town of Delafield is bringing up this issue for the first time and is working on a solution. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The deer population is overwhelming Lake Country. Here are some ways you can keep them away.," 12 July 2018 Florida has a 6% sales tax, not 7%, and Florida, Tennessee and Texas each allow local governments to add a local sales tax. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Does anyone running for governor have a new idea? We asked the candidates," 6 July 2018 At least one more local government is considering a suit. Kelsey Ryan And Andy Marso, kansascity, "Local government suits accuse opioid makers of turning 'patients into drug addicts'," 2 July 2018 Other local governments have a cannabis sales tax, too. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana tax increase fails at Anchorage assembly," 29 June 2018 Starting Sunday, Indiana will prohibit bans on short term rentals, but allow local governments to charge a fee of up to $150 and enforce minor rules. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gas tax hike, sex ed and eyeball tattooing: here are the new laws taking effect July 1," 29 June 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of local government

: the government that controls and makes decisions for a local area (such as a town, city, or county)

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