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Type Ordinance or Resolution
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 or Resolution
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 2023
Level State
State(s) Oregon
Source Oregon Center for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Communities of color continue to face obstacles to economic equality. Structural reforms are necessary not only to lift underresourced communities but to improve outcomes for all Americans struggling to make ends meet. This roadmap details campaigns in Oregon to raise the minimum...

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 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Education
Cities that want to high-quality education systems need to address the immense disparity in compensation between teachers' and other workers with similar educational credentials. This study examines working conditions for educators and finds that teachers in 31 states earn 20 percent...

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 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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Flat or graduated personal income taxes drive income inequality and racial wealth gaps. This brief compares Illinois’s flat income tax structure to the proposed Fair Tax amendment through a retrospective analysis. It shows that Illinois’s historic flat income tax in lieu of a graduated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety, Health
As construction activity in the southern United States continues to flourish, concern over workers’ health and safety grows. Economic hardships, few or no opportunities for career advancement, unstable work, injuries, and even death on the job are commonplace for construction workers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Public policies are contributing to the widening income and wealth gap. This report provides recommendations that policymakers can take to improve their constituents’ lives and their states’ economies through tax policy. It explains the importance of favoring taxes on income and wealth...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Education
This infographic examines trends of reduced social spending and infrastructure investment in Michigan communities, using Flint and Detroit as case studies of the impacts of these austerity programs include diminished government purchasing power and a rise in extreme-child poverty...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Center For Progressive Reform
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Civil Courts act as a "great equalizer" for disadvantaged communities facing growing inequality, complex risks, and weakened regulations. This infographic illustrates four case studies on how individuals and communities have sought justice through the courts against powerful corporations....

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Budget shortfalls arise when powerful actors avoid paying their fair share of taxes and when federal and state governments push responsibilities onto the local level without providing adequate financial resources. In order to patch these shortfalls, many local governments have become...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health
Data from states and municipalities across the country suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States. This report analyzes emerging data on deaths, unemployment, failing businesses, and wealth inequality to assess the links...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source City of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance creates a wage theft coordinator for the City and provides definitions, duties, penalties, feed, procedural requirements, a private right of action and other related items regarding wage theft....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
While Connecticut’s working families are struggling with low wages, threats of eviction, food instability, lack of affordable health care, and high levels of unemployment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut’s wealthiest residents have amassed unprecedented wealth. In response...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The United States needs to address growing inequality and raise more revenue to fund critical public investment. One way to accomplish both goals is to enact legislation that raises taxes for high-income or high-wealth households. This infographic includes figures that demonstrate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
No two state tax systems are the same. This report provides detailed analyses of the features of every state tax code and assesses their fairness by measuring effective state and local tax rates paid by all income groups. The report concludes the following findings: the majority of...

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