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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Economic recovery is not returning to all communities equally: the unemployment rate for White workers is down to nearly 4 percent nationally, while the unemployment rate for Black workers is more than double that. This disparity in employment is not an anomaly of our current economy,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) California
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 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
Today, the energy sector in the United States and the national energy policy that determines how it evolves leaves the country exposed to three major, interconnected threats: weakened national security, environmental calamity caused by climate change, and an ongoing but largely unaddressed...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Urban freeways create barriers to movement within cities, institutionalize social inequities, contribute to environmental degradation, and encourage suburban sprawl. As urban freeways approach the end of their useful lives, decisions on the fate of an individual freeway will be place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity. Although the nexus between sustainability and economic development may not always be apparent and will certainly vary from place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Microtransit involves running on-demand services with smaller vehicles that people can summon without walking to a fixed location like a bus stop. This brief argues that microtransit is incapable of serving the same scale of ridership as fixed-route buses and trains. Microtransit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PACENation
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Property managers often struggle to get technically sound energy efficiency and renewable energy projects approved for financial reasons. Sometimes the split incentive embedded in leases makes projects uneconomic for the building owner. Other times, property managers simply cannot...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Education, Democracy & Governance
The property tax is the oldest major revenue source for state and local governments. At the beginning of the twentieth century, property taxes represented more than eighty percent of state and local tax revenue. While this share has diminished over time as states have introduced sales...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level County
State(s) California
Source Alameda County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance requires proposed large retail developments to undergo a community impact review and obtain a conditional use permit. The cost of all independent studies and investigations required to complete the review are to be paid by the developer....

Type Ordinance
Year 1998
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Oakland City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
The ordinance requires companies or non-profits with service contracts with the city worth at least $25,000 or benefiting from at least $100,000 in city subsidies to pay workers a minimum of $9.25 an hour; entitles workers to 12 paid days off per year; and allows collective bargaining...

Type Ordinance
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Santa Cruz City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance requires city service contractors to pay workers a living wage. Each year the city council will review and extend the living wage by at least an amount which corresponds to the cost of living increase as measured by the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area Consumer...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Connecticut
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
In the face of a public health emergency, an economic recession, and widening of social inequities, Connecticut has continues to reduce its public investment in services such as education, healthcare, housing, and transportation. Downsizing the public sector and failing to adequately...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Detroit City Clerk Office
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Powerpoint outlining the economic development asset map for Detroit....

Type Model Law
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ALICE
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance establishes land and buildings as different classes of property and establishes a procedure to tax building values at lower rates than land values. It also ensures availability of full public information regarding assessments and appeal procedures; ensure that shifts...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Housing, Public Safety
A local law to amend the New York City charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring energy audits and retro-commissioning of base building systems of certain buildings and retro-fitting of certain city-owned buildings....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PACENation
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Community leaders care most about an issue when their own constituents are involved. Having local property owners voice an interest in PACE is a great way to get the attention of a government board. Form partnerships with stakeholders in the community through chambers of commerce...

Type Ordinance, Ballot Measure
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source Town Of Barnstead
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Children & Families, Education
This ordinance puts on the ballot a measure to finance Portland Children's Investment Fund to support proven programs designed to help children arrive at school ready to learn, provide safe and constructive after school alternatives for kids, and prevent child abuse and neglect and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This report lays out a set of policy and political interventions that cities, regions, and states can make to increase municipal revenue and to make their collections more progressive. Cities have historically suffered enormous budget shortfalls and after the Great Recession, available...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) – part of the CARES Act – provided direct assistance to state, local, and tribal governments, and designated $150 billion for counties with populations of more than 500,000. Through an assessment of the CRF, this report evaluates the effectiveness...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The devastating effect of COVID-19 on state and local budgets is exposing state and local tax structures as inadequate, inequitable, and outdated. In response, states should focus first on generating needed revenue through tax increases on households, businesses, and sectors of the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas -
The 2017 partisan tax reform law accelerated the United States’ rising inequality by slashing taxes of wealthy individuals and corporations and expanding the federal deficit, ultimately straining municipal budgets. In order to restore fairness to the tax code and generate revenue...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and health justice all require tax justice. The United States does not raise enough tax revenue to fund the basic needs of its people or environment, leading to income inequality, racial wealth gaps, and negative health and climate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Economic Justice
America’s traditional economic development policy has raised important questions about equity, especially for new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and small businesses bring economic stability into communities. To encourage economic development brought, it is imperative that the impact...

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Milwaukee City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces
This ordinance makes several changes related to the requirements of the participation of city residents in public works contracts, requirements for developers receiving direct financial assistance from the city, local business enterprise contracting standards, and sanction and penalty...

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