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ProGov21 Policy Library

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Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Presently, the average American worker is unfairly compensated for their labor. In response to this challenge, ProGov21's updated Job Quality Roadmap provides information and resources that enable the creation of a healthy and productive workforce. It calls on local governments to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers have applied for unemployment benefits online, only to be met with a crashed webpage. To better gauge the overall functionality of state unemployment websites, ITIF tested the page load speed, mobile-friendliness, and accessibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This guide outlines employee retention strategies and highlights best practices for preventing turnover in local government positions. It recommends utilizing federal infrastructure grant funding to provide retention incentives, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Ohio's unemployment compensation benefits system is undermined by the requirement that workers earn $230 weekly for 20 weeks to qualify. Implementing a standard that links eligibility to hours worked rather than amount of earnings would increase benefits' accessibility and reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Health
This report underscores the failure of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance to increase healthcare benefits for LAX workers, and outlines how the lack of insurance has impacted workers' families. It recommends that the city invest to increase the health care differential of the living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares very poorly with other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they look for work; this is due partly to its failure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the failures of the current federal contracting system, and highlights state and city governments that are implementing responsible contracting reforms. Reform recommendations include conducting rigorous responsibility reviews and background checks on potential...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Washington College of Law
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report discusses D.C.'s failure to implement the D.C. Language Access Act. The D.C. Language Access Act was enacted to improve non-English proficient resident's access to translation and interpretation services at municipal entities. The report makes several recommendations to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
The arts are an important sector of Milwaukee's local economy, providing a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities while employing thousands of individuals. Using survey data, this report outlines the characteristics of artists in Milwaukee County, the challenges they...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health
This report evaluates the impact of Los Angeles' decision to update their Living Wage Ordinance to provide healthcare coverage for airline service workers and their families. Six months after the update, access to family healthcare and passenger safety, service, and security improved....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
By offering health insurance, paid family leave and sick days, companies and workers can avoid working against each other and businesses experience increased worker productivity. The public interest is also served as companies end up putting more money into local economies. New regulations...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing
Ohio's cash assistance program is made less effective by work participation-based sanctions, which bar many applicants from receiving aid. This report recommends allowing adults without disabilities to receive food aid for one year, investing more TANF dollars in direct aid for families,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Government Alliance on Race and Equity
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety
Inclusive contracting refers to the process of creating the environment for businesses owned by people of color and/or women to participate in a governmental procurement and contracting process. Inclusive business participation in local government procurement and contracting is an...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas -
This guide outlines employee retention strategies and highlights best practices for preventing turnover in local government positions. It recommends utilizing federal infrastructure grant funding to provide retention incentives, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report, which contains the results of a scientific national phone survey of small business owners (2 to 99 employees) conducted in March 2013, is designed to inform policy discussions about retirement security and serve as a basis for evaluating proposals that address the needs...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source BlueGreen Alliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Decisionmakers across the country are putting forward policies to fight climate that is critical to creating a healthier, more resilient future. As climate change’s impact on both the United States and the world continues to grow, policies must be made to build a cleaner, safer, and...

Type Article
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Local government leaders should consider how technological upgrades in the workplace can make public sector positions more appealing for a younger generation of workers. This guide identifies major challenges currently facing public sector recruiting and highlights effective approaches...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Local governments can use federal recovery funding to invest in their workforces and prevent employee turnover. This article examines public-sector employee wage data and finds that increasing wages for local government employees can mitigate gender and racial pay gaps. It highlights...

Type Policy Brief or Report, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source The Aspen Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program developed this Job Quality Tools Library to provide actionable tools – including checklists, instructions, and guidelines – to help leaders adopt practices to strengthen job quality in their own organizations, in the businesses...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City Of Madison Engineering Division
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Best Value Contracting creates a set of enforceable qualifications with a single point of accountability, pervormance qualifications, workforce development, oversight and transparency on publicly funded projects....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety
This report details how substandard training practices, high turnover rates, and low wages in Los Angeles's security industry has left the city particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, crime, and terrorist attacks. The report uses case studies from across the city to provide...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Lattice
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Increased competition for skilled workers, hybrid/remote workplace hurdles, and higher turnover rates have burdened public sector employers. This article outlines some of the challenges governments are facing in hiring and retaining skilled workers and recommends simplifying the application...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan's Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares poorly against other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they seek employment; this is partly due to its failure...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Texans Together For Our Common Good
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Throughout Texas and many other states, families face significant delays in getting welfare benefits and Medicaid. This is exacerbated by chronic underfunding and understaffing. This fact sheet details some ways that state agencies can implement new incentives to retain staff and...

Type Article
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Fair Contracting
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Local government procurement policies can require that public contractors provide health and retirement benefits to their workers. However, skeptics of such "responsible contractor policies" argue these approaches inflate project costs. This study examines the impact of responsible...

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