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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
Pay for Success (PFS), or Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), are an alternative private financing model often promoted as cost-free, risk-free silver bullets to support underfunded public services. In PFS and SIB funding models, investors provide the up-front funding for services with the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are tasked with providing a quality education to their students, along with ensuring their safety and welfare, regardless if classes are being held in-person or virtually. Additionally, schools must adjust to the economic ramifications brought...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires lighting systems to be upgraded and sub-meters to be installed in certain covered buildings based on square footage. It also requires that each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter to measure electrical consumption shall be...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Wales Town Board
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
An act requiring that for city-assisted development projects, developers and employers of the built business are required to hire 30% local residents, or make efforts to do so....

Type Model Law
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This model ordinance establishes a mutual aid agreement to allow one municipality to share its services with another in a time of need. It outlines the responsibilities and obligations of each participating municipality, provides a framework for dispute resolution, and limits liabilities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report highlights the inadequate funding and strains faced by public transit in Ohio, emphasizing the need for increased support from the state. More funding must be needed to ensure the city's ability to maintain services and expand to meet growing demands. The report proposes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Transit projects in the United States suffer from high costs and take longer to complete than they do abroad. After conducting 117 interviews with key stakeholders, this report finds that institutional structure and decision-making, procurement specifications, utility relocation,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Tennessee
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas -
The City of Memphis has deliberately avoided its municipal pension obligations at the same time it has granted a series of costly property tax abatements, such as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), to large corporations and sports franchises. For every year between 2009 and 2012,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the impact of the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment Through Utility Payments initiative (LIFT-UP) which helped cities connect citizens to financial services while recouping revenue from unpaid utility bills. It found that residents who participated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Arizona
Source Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This report outlines economic development priorities for Northern Arizona include expanding renewable energy production, growing the tourism industry, improving healthcare access, expanding educational investment, and natural resources preservation. It features economic analyses of...

Type Article
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Tax Foundation
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This article outlines different types of local income taxes and highlights localities that have recently implemented significant changes to their income tax codes. It recommends that local governments implement moderate income tax rates and mitigate compliance costs to secure investment...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of County & City Health Officials
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Health
Local health departments (LHDs) play a critical role in their communities during a national pandemic. However, LHD emergency preparedness and response programs have been chronically underfunded and understaffed, hindering their ability to quickly mobilize in times of crisis. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
State policymakers consistently neglect adequately funding adult education, making it less accessible for low-skilled workers who want to build their skills, become financially self-sufficient and contribute to Michigan’s economy. Adult education is the key to preparing these workers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 77 requires most state and local government bodies, including school districts, to annually disclose the costs of corporate tax abatements. As a result of the new rule, thousands of America’s public school districts are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Microtransit involves running on-demand services with smaller vehicles that people can summon without walking to a fixed location like a bus stop. This brief argues that microtransit is incapable of serving the same scale of ridership as fixed-route buses and trains. Microtransit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Community Development
The San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association, in partnership with MIG San Diego, recently launched a new program called SDAPA Better Buzz, a quarterly series designed to inspire creative thinking around integrated planning processes. Rather than relying solely on this...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines market characteristics and barriers to affordable and workforce housing development in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It outlines the extent of affordable housing development in the county over past years, financing approaches, and best practices for increasing the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Municipal League
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Spaces
This guide provides an overview of liens available to municipalities under Illinois state law and provides examples of how cities should assess and enforce liens. Properties that are abandoned or liable for taxes, require excessive pest extermination efforts, or intensive removal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, District of Columbia, Virginia
Source Center for Innovative Finance Support
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines how commercial tax districts, tolls, and grants were used to fund the Silver Line Metrorail expansion project. Most notably, through the use of special tax districts, Fairfax Country was able to raise $400 million from commercial and industrial properties located...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Economic Justice
America’s traditional economic development policy has raised important questions about equity, especially for new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and small businesses bring economic stability into communities. To encourage economic development brought, it is imperative that the impact...

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