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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
By setting goals for fare policy, transit agencies can ensure that their fare pricing and enforcement strategies are consistent with their mission of providing good, affordable service to the public. This report outlines a balanced, goal-driven approach to fare policy: discounts for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions can be important drivers of economic growth. Through their spending and investment, employment and contracting, and their ability to generate ideas, information, and talent, they can spark innovative enterprises grounded in place. Their existence can be especially...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
This report examines the economic power of anchor institutions in addressing economic disparities and creating opportunities for low-income residents. Anchor institutions are influential organizations, such as universities and hospitals, deeply embedded in local communities. The report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
The current federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides up to $2,000 per child, is designed to provide an income boost to parents or guardians of children and other dependents. However, many low-income families do not receive the full benefit of the federal credit due to an earnings...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Due to monopoly control of broadband technology, millions of Americans do not have internet access because it is not available or affordable. To circumvent this problem, the city of Wilson began building a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network called Greenlight in 2008, after...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The New School
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
While local zoning codes and land use policies historically have been tools for segregating people and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, community-based advocacy can transform these same tools into means for addressing cumulative burdens borne...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Ohio's unemployment compensation benefits system is undermined by the requirement that workers earn $230 weekly for 20 weeks to qualify. Implementing a standard that links eligibility to hours worked rather than amount of earnings would increase benefits' accessibility and reduce...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Amani Housing Pilot aims to take a comprehensive and community-engaged approach to improve housing on one block in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This report outlines the pilot's objectives, funding mechanisms, and partnerships; analyzes where the project has met its objectives...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Health
This report underscores the failure of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance to increase healthcare benefits for LAX workers, and outlines how the lack of insurance has impacted workers' families. It recommends that the city invest to increase the health care differential of the living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those without living wages or access to political power. As a result, it is necessary for climate resiliency strategies to adopt a framework of community wealth building. Cities have recently integrated more green infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
In an attempt to combat the growing challenge of wealth inequality, leaders and policymakers are looking to broad-based ownership models as tools to create jobs and build community wealth. These models are highly effective, with a positive impact for low and moderate-income individuals...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Community Development
As the community foundation field reaches the century mark and faces growing pressure on its business model, many communities at the same time are struggling with economic distress. To meet these converging challenges, an innovative group of community foundations are beginning to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The higher education system is a major force in economic, racial, and gender inequality that serves the pockets of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This report delves into the principles, membership, and strategies of Student Action, a group devoted to utilizing direct action,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Monopoly control of broadband technology is leaving many Americans unable to access high-speed internet. In particular, the market power of the biggest cable companies allows them to lock customers into overpriced, underperforming Internet service contracts for which they don’t have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors. These local human and economic relationships link institution well-being to that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
This report presents findings from the Child Support for College (CS4C) pilot program, a public-private collaboration to promote college attendance and financial literacy among those in the Texas child support system. In particular, the program encourages college savings by providing...

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 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
As the Puget Sound region invests billions in a new light rail system, large scale gentrification will occur along the Southeast Seattle light rail corridor without immediate policy action. Transit-oriented development (TOD) planning must implement a racial justice framework in order...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Nonprofit and private organizations are playing an important role in combating Milwaukee's housing challenges. Through a series of surveys and interviews, this report outlines which organizations are most active in efforts to maintain and increase affordable housing supply and access;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
In offsetting federal income and payroll taxes and supplementing the earnings of low-wage workers across the country, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the U.S. However, the EITC provides little or no benefits to workers without...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) Arizona
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Asset poor families, those that cannot sustain themselves without income for at least three months or weather emergencies without falling into the safety net, are consistently vulnerable. Arizona seeks to align its economic development, safety net, and education systems to benefit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education, Democracy & Governance
Anchor institution-facilitated community wealth building can drive job growth and economic development. This report provides case studies for effectively leveraging anchor institutions to improve local economies and address climate change and improve communications and transportation...

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