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Houston is one of the most inequitable cities in the United States. Households with incomes in the top 5% earn nearly 10 times more than households in the bottom 20th percentile. Thus, it is not surprising that while Houston ranks as the second-most prosperous city in the United States and the fifth fastest-growing, it only ranks 64th on a list of most economically inclusive cities. This staggering contrast between general wealth and individual welfare in our city creates both an enormous challenge and a great opportunity to improve lives through effective public policy. Mayor Turner is the best-situated elected leader in the South to embrace equity as a driving principle of his administration. He has an opportunity to demonstrate a model for the region that advances transformative policy shifts, which could impact millions of lives. Mayor Turner launched the Complete Communities initiative earlier this year, a program focused on transforming historically under-resourced communities by developing solutions in partnership with residents and leaders that are tailored to each neighborhood. The goal is to expand access to quality affordable homes, jobs, parks, improved streets and sidewalks, grocery and retail stores, good schools, and transit options. To build on this effort, Mayor Turner created the Mayoral Task Force on Equity, charging it with developing actionable policy recommendations to make Houston a more equitable city.
When employers offer retirement plans, employee nearly universally participate, but small and non-profit employers tend not to provide retirement plans. This report explores how to expand access to retirement plans for workers at these businesses.
This report outlines the issues of gig work evaluating its implications for independent cotnracting and job quality.
This report evaluates the proposal to raise Contra Costa County's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 in 5 steps. The study examines the impacts on workers and businesses.
This study requested by the Mayor of Los Angeles evaluates the impact of the proposed minimum wage of $13.25 by 2017 in 3 steps. The study evaluates the number and demographics of workers impacted as well as the economic impact on workers and business. They find a large impact for workers with modest imapct on businesses.
This report details the impact on workers of the hotel industry in LA refusing to comply with the City's Living Wage Ordinance
This study evaluates the impact of the proposed 2014 ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2018 in four steps. The study evaluates the number and demographics of workers impacted as well as the economic impact on workers and business. They find a large impact for workers with modest imapct on businesses.
This report evaluated the potential impact of the 2014 ballot measure to raise Oakland's minimum wage to $12.25. They found it would increase wages for 25% of the workforce. Costs would be managed through savings from reduced turnover, increase productivity, and small price increases at restaurants.
This study evaluates the impact of big-box retailers, particularly walmart, into cities across the country. They evaluate proposals to require a living wage for their retailers looking at impact on workers and shoppers. They find large positive impacts for workers and small potential cost increases on shoppers.
This technical report outlines the date and methodology developed by the UC Berkeley Labor Center to estiamte the number of workers imapcted by proposed local minimum wages laws, as well as the expected increase in wages. This report outlines the challenges of dealing with data limitations for city or county based analyses and provides guidance for those looking to conduct this analyises in their own community.