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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
On Jan. 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that corporations are free to spend unlimited sums of money in elections. According to opinion polling released by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority,...
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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
State(s) All States
Source Faith in Action
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The goal of Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is to build year-round organizations in cities and states that have an organized constituency of people who register to vote, turnout to vote, mobilize others into political activity, and hold their elected officials accountable through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Now, more than ever, the strength of our democracy is not something we can take for granted. Our democracy works only as long as people participate and believe in our election systems. To that end, we need to ensure that our system of registration and voting is modern, secure, and...

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 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Safe districts are the electoral districts which are regarded as “secure” for a certain political party or candidate to win. In a winner-take-all system, the votes of people who have a mix of political viewpoints or prefer a different political party are insufficient to elect anyone....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level National, State
State(s) All States
Source Issue One
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
Most of the campaign funding in the United States come from an incredibly small group of people, and trust in this system is near record lows. This report recommends incentivizing greater participation in the political system through a tax credit and rebate system that would make...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice
Local leaders recognize and often publicly tout the importance of a strong, growing entrepreneurial and small business community. Yet, when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs in practice, many local leaders are unsure how they can make a real impact. This tool kit examines the question:...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report examines how language assistance policies can increase voter participation among citizens with limited-English proficient (LEP). It highlights research showing that translated ballot materials increase voter turnout and empower LEP communities. The report assesses federal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
American democracy is at a crossroads. To deliver on the promise of a representative inclusive democracy our electoral system must provide every American the opportunity to meaningfully participate and make their voice heard in our democracy. That starts by guaranteeing that every...

Type Ballot Measure
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ballot measure was qualified by reformers and citizens in Telluride for instant runoff voting for the Office of Mayor. ...

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 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This brief outlines key elements of establishing a targeted hiring program, emphasizing the importance of enforceable provisions tailored to meet the needs of the community, and coordination between stakeholders. The document recommends that project-owners and local governments host...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for State Innovation
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
This report finds that most Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) could benefit from reforms that give them sufficient authority to guide regional planning, establish elected board members or population-based appointments, and implement state-approved performance standards. It...

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 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Our registration and voting system generally works well, but in the age of computers, modernizing our outdated, paper-based voter registration system is just common sense. A system of automatic voter registration (AVR) is a small but important change that would replace our current...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
A wide array of policies to increase voter participation should be adopted by state governments, including automatic voter registration, same-day registration, expansion of early voting and no-fault absentee and vote by mail statutes, voter registration modernization, and restoration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania, Washington
Source Fels Institute of Government
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This report reviews the history and impact of Seattle's Democracy Voucher Program and considers its applicability to Philadelphia. While Seattle's project has successfully increased participation rates, voucher users are not representative of the community, and are more likely to...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
The influence of big money on politics has undermined American Democracy at the national, state, and local level. Today, wealthy elites and businesses have a disproportionate impact on who runs, who is elected, and what issues are debated. ProGov21's updated Election Finance Roadmap...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source City of Ferndale
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance from Ferndale, MI establishs the use of Ranked Choice Voting in local elections....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
A notice to new tenants summarizing key voting information including election dates and registration options....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
A primary runoff election is held if no candidate surpasses the necessary threshold for victory in the initial primary election. Voter awareness of the system and a dip in enthusiasm following the initial primary has resulted in a trend of voter turnout dropping in the runoff election....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) District of Columbia
Source City of Washington, D.C.
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Washington, D.C.'s Fair Elections Program (FEP) is a voluntary public financing program for local political campaigns in the District of Columbia through the combination of matching funds and lump sum base amounts....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Brennan Center for Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report discusses election integrity and addresses concerns over election rigging, voter fraud, and election manipulation during the 2016 election. The report suggests investing in improvements to online registration, election-day fail-safe mechanisms to correct mistaken information,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice
In response to a policy debate, this report finds that the opening of a Walmart store in a county leads to a reduction in county-level retail employment by approximately 150 workers, implying that each Walmart worker replaces around 1.4 retail workers, resulting in a 2.7 percent decrease...

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