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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines opportunities to improve transit connectivity, economic development, and sustainability in the Urbana-Champaign region. It outlines planning procedures, zoning guidelines, transit-oriented development opportunities, and market analysis results for the White Street...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Essential care workers would benefit from the Raise the Wage Act, and the $15 per hour minimum wage it would establish. This report illustrates the impact of this legislation on various demographics, locations, and industries....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
The intensification of economic inequality, one of the defining issues of our times, has many causes, ranging from the weakening of labor unions to the decimation of inheritance taxes. This report argues that another factor belongs on the list: subsidies given by state and local governments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source City of Grand Rapids
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Education, Environment & Natural Resources
The GR Forward plan is a community engagement initiative to promote equitable economic growth and shared benefits across the Grand Rapids community. The brief outlines the city's plans for promoting transit-oriented development, increasing recreation opportunities, improving job quality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
As federal and state governments move toward marijuana legalization, labor conditions within the industry need to be evaluated. Currently, many of the employers in the marijuana industry take a "low road" approach to their workforce, with low wages, poor to no benefits, and frequent...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
Proposed investment in the Port of Los Angeles would create thousands of new construction jobs and boost the city's overall economy. This report provides analysis of existing economic conditions in the region and explains how a "Construction Careers Policy" would ensure equitable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a cash payment granted to all members of a community on a regular basis, regardless of employment status or income level. This guide provides recommendations to cities looking to pilot UBI policies. In particular, it provides tips on how cities should...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This brief outlines results from the Economic Policy Institute's study on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. It finds that raising the minimum wage will dually improve the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders and strengthen...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Maryland
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early childhood education preparation varies widely across the higher education industry. Multiple programs with differing curriculums suggest similar outcomes but produce highly variable levels of preparedness. This report focuses on the education landscape of early-childhood-education...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Throughout the nation, early childhood educators are struggling to meet ends meet. With the passing of the American Rescue Plan Act, unprecedented funding opportunities exist to meet the wage gap of underfunded and underpaid educators. This report contains policy suggestions that...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance requires all large retail employers to provide employees an hourly compensation package with a total value of no less than the sum of the living wage rate and the benefits rate for each hour that the employee works on the premises of a large retailer. Beginning on July...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
Businesses owned by people of color create jobs and build wealth in communities of color. Yet despite rapid growth of entrepreneurship among people of color - and women of color in particular - these businesses face significant barriers to growth and success. Government spending on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute, New America
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Home health care workers are being underpaid for their work caring for vulnerable persons across the United States. This report calculates the gap between current pay levels land just-wage-for-work-performed for home health care workers in every American state, and introduces state-specific...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development
While big businesses dominate global markets, command the entrenched financial and banking powers and are incentivized by misguided government policy, emerging startups can disrupt the status quo and prove that local economies can compete successfully if they connect with their customer...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates in detail the renewable energy laws of Nevada and Michigan, discusses the progress made, missed opportunities, and bad implementation. It also discusses the threats that climate change and de-industrialization as an economic development pose against energy security...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
Parking policies are an integral part of implementing equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD). Policies such as “free parking” (which increases housing and consumer costs), zoning and land use regulations that require an overabundancce of parking, and the application of suburban...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice
This ordinance requires planned superstores to complete an economic impact analysis before seeking approval for their projects. These reports shall identify whether the superstore would result in the physical displacement of any jobs and businesses; the demolition of housing; the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Access to accurate, easily shared data is an essential resource that helps local and state leaders and practitioners better understand local demographic trends, business and talent development needs, and their choices for investing public and private resources in workforce development...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source NeoGov
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Government employers must pursue innovative hiring strategies to outcompete private sector entities for talented candidates. This guide outlines best practices for recruiting and sourcing candidates, and recommends emphasizing career development opportunities, improving employer branding...

Type Ordinance
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Virginia
Source State of Virginia
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This bill allocates funding from the state budget toward 5% yearly salary increases for state employees, university faculty, and state supported local employees. It also specifies the timelines for the salary increases and requires the Department of Human Resource Management to establish...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This brief focuses on what cities can do to create equitable and efficient transit that benefits everyone. An equitable transit system must be safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible; responsive to community needs; and integrated with other policy areas. Moreover, it outlines...

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...

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