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Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) Missouri
Source Council of Kansas City
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance redefines "stealing" to include wage theft. A person may be criminally prosecuted if they refuse or fail to pay for the labor or services provided by an individual pursuant to an agreement....

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of El Paso
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance outlines the procedure for wage theft complaints in El Paso, TX. In particular, this ordinance creates a wage theft database, maintained by a Wage Theft Coordinator designated by the City Manager, to identify employers with a wage theft adjudication record, establish...

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source City of St. Petersburg
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance details the procedure for wage theft complaints in St. Petersburg, FL, including the process of filing wage theft complaints, employer responses, conciliation, and hearings before a hearing officer. Moreover, this ordinance also outlines enforcement practices and retaliation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Achieving high-quality early care and education for all children will require meaningful public policy interventions and investments. Effective childcare reform must tackle the current system's main problems: lack of resources for parents to stay home with very young children, lack...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This infographic argues that subsidized child care is ineffective until the early care and education system is reformed to ensure educators earn fair wages and benefits. Although subsidies have the potential to help low-income families afford child care, tax credits primarily benefit...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level Other
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice
As the economy recovered from COVID-19 and many women and men returned to paid employment, deep gender and racial/ethnic gaps in both employment and pay persisted. This fact sheet models wage gaps across gender, race, and ethnicity in 2021, and outlines the role occupational segregation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Virginia
Source The Commonwealth Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
A review of county employee salaries reveals that many public employees in Loudoun County cannot afford to live in the county they serve. This brief highlights how collective bargaining could bring their pay closer to private sector pay levels and also reduce racial and gender pay...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This report explores the existing landscape of employee ownership opportunities for impact investors and highlights emerging models and strategies for inclusive investment in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and worker cooperatives. The benefits of employee ownership as a strategy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
While there is wide agreement across states and types of schools that K-12 teachers should obtain a bachelor's degree, no consensus exists within the early care and education workforce. This report analyzes how this lack of consensus has led to disparities in minimum qualifications...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
This factsheet highlights the decline in work support for low-income parents in Massachusetts over the past fifteen years. Funding cuts for early education, childcare, occupational education, and job training assistance have reduced access to workforce development and career opportunities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
A federal wealth tax on the richest 0.1 percent of Americans is a viable approach for Congress to raise revenue and address rising inequality. This report outlines reasons why the United States needs a federal wealth tax to achieve these goals, as opposed to federal tax policies that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report provides a closer look at the well-being of California's early educators during the COVID-19 public health crisis, using data collected from the 2020 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study. Key findings show that educators' low wages leave them vulnerable...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, includes a significant expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The proposal provides a $125 billion boost in funding for the program, which would double the size of the existing federal credit for households...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early educators are some of the lowest-paid workers in every state, which especially burdens African American and Hispanic women in this profession. This report analyzes the racial disparities that exist in early education employment. Findings show that African American early educators...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
This infographic highlights the significant challenges faced by children affected by the Flint water crisis and/or enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. It examines the detrimental impact of toxic stress, economic insecurity, and social determinants of health on these children's well-being....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This factsheet highlights the economic challenges facing low-income communities in Los Angeles, including poverty, a declining manufacturing industry, unemployment, increasing costs of living, and inadequate access to education and training programs. It argues that the city must act...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Drexel University
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Progressive cities should embrace redistributive policies and community organizing to increase equality in employment, affordable housing, and public transportation, and mitigate adverse environmental impacts. This report examines systemic inequities and provides progressive solutions...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance establishes a poverty commission within the county government and outlines staffing and term limits. The county board chair will appoint the supervisor members and citizen members which include representatives from anti-poverty organizations and a member whose income...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Seattle
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance outlines the procedure for wage theft complaints in Seattle, WA. It defines wage theft and provides a list of circumstances that may considered when determining if a person intended to commit wage theft. It also allows the City to refuse to issue or revoke any business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
This report examines the decline in income growth and shared prosperity in Gateway cities, mid-sized urban areas in Massachusetts that historically served as regional economic centers. It shows that wages have not kept pace with productivity since the 1970s, leading to income stagnation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level State
State(s) Maryland
Source Center for Sustainable Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
In 2009, with the economic crisis still ravaging the nation, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley put in place a bold new economic indicator, the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), to begin to assess more precisely what has gone right — and wrong — in his state’s economy. The GPI provides...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The document highlights Michigan's growing immigrant population. Children of immigrants, especially Hispanics, experience higher poverty rates, limited opportunities, forms of discrimination, and uncertainty over the termination of the DACA program. The document recommends policies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This brief looks at the state and local impact of a $15 minimum wage if it were phased in at a rate of $1 per year from 2019 until 2022. It finds that both low- and middle-class families benefit from an increase in the minimum wage....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education, Public Safety
Despite their important and complex work, early educators have faced low wages and unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report demonstrates that compensation within the early childhood education (ECE) workforce is uneven across states and among different classifications...

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