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Raising a family in Rhode Island is expensive. Many households do not earn enough to meet their needs. Government funded work support programs and child care assistance program help close the gap between income and expenses for low wage families. This report finds that increasing the minimum wage does more to close the gap than cash ssistance programs.
Collectively, arts and culture enable understanding of the past and envisioning of a shared, more equitable future. In disinvested communities, arts and culture act as tools for equitable development- shaping infrastructure, transportation, access to healthy food, and connecting community identity to the development of a vibrant local economy. In communities of color and low-income communities, arts and culture contribute to strengthening cultural identity, healing trauma, and fostering shared vision for community.
A notice to new tenants summarizing key voting information including election dates and registration options.
An ordinance setting the procedure for wage theft complaints in St. Petersburg, FL.
An ordinance setting the procedure for wage theft complaints in Miami, FL.
\"Community benefit agreements, and policies, are a reaction to economic development practices that have left communities behind, workers impoverished, and the environment degraded. Too often public contracts have gone to employers paying low wages and doing poor quality work, with little thought to the environment and community impact. In the long run, we all pay for this low-road approach. The Cuyahoga County Community Benefit & Opportunity Initiative, introduced by Cuyahoga County Council in December 2014, is a comprehensive policy designed to maximize value of the county’s taxpayer dollars. The initiative will strengthen the local economy by: Creating more local jobs and ensuring workers in those jobs receive living wages. Ensuring our workforce reflects the great diversity of our community Creating opportunity for disadvantaged workers, targeting residents from the county’s poorest neighborhoods. Building career pathways out of poverty through on-the-job training opportunities and support for pre-apprenticeship programs. Ensuring high-quality, energy-efficient building, with cost-effective sustainable technology, which will reduce costs to taxpayers in the long run. It will also ensure the county considers health the impact of public projects over the long haul. The upshot is: More local jobs with higher wages Less poverty and stronger neighborhoods A more diverse and productive workforce Long-term economic and environmental sustainability\"
Cities and counties from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the most recent report from the Apollo Alliance. Four Ohio municipalities: Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, are highlighted in the national report. Policy Matters Ohio, Apollo’s Ohio partner, is thrilled that New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth. The mission of Ohio Apollo is to work with Ohio’s cities to adopt these policies and create jobs through environmentally sound and energy efficient solutions.
This model ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, enclosed places of employment, private clubs, and enclosed residential facilities. The ordinance also prohibits smoking in outdoor public places such as arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters and restricts smoking within a certain distance of entrances, operable windows, ventilation systems, playgrounds, public transportation service areas, and outdoor seating areas for restaurants and bars. The ordinance prohibits smoking in outdoor places of employment in situations where two or more employees are present. In addition, the ordinance defines the enforcement of the law, penalties for violating the law\'s terms, and adequate posting of no smoking signs. This ordinance is periodically updated by Americans for Nonsmokers\' Rights, please contact the organization before proposing the ordinance in your community to ensure you have the most recent version of the law. Americans for Nonsmokers\' Rights, Website: http://www.no-smoke.org/ Phone: 510-841-3032
This policy brief examines the effects of Denver\'s 2011 Initiative 300 which enables employees to acquire sick time hours depending on the size of their business and how many hours they work. This brief examines the experiences of San Francisco and Washington D.C. in implementing paid sick leave policies. The brief analyzes the issue from public health and economic perspectives. The brief concludes that the direct costs to businesses of a paid-sick-leave law are relatively small and are mitigated in whole or in part by indirect savings due to increased worker productivity and lower employee turnover. In addition, the brief finds that paid sick leave results in improved public health and reduced overall costs to the health care system.
This ordinance requires protected sick time for employees of businesses working in the City of Portland and authorizes the mayor to enter into a contract with Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries for enforcement.