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This act requires that a municipal public fund create a list of fossil fuel companies that match specific criteria, divest all holdings from the companies on this list over a 3-year period, and reinvest funds in socially responsible investments that satisfy prudent person standards. This act also requires investment offerings for participant-directed retirement funds that are devoid of holdings in fossil fuel companies. This act also urges divestment action from fiduciaries of local government investment pools and that credit agencies factor climate risks into their ratings of publicly held companies.
A resolution declaring the intent of a city that does not invest in stock to refrain from investing in fossil fuel companies in the future.
The Mayor's Office convened the Task Force to identify, analyze, and address the issues that affect civic and political participation by immigrant communities.
We have a voter crisis in America that demands bold solutions. One of these potential solutions is lowering the voting age in American elections to 16 years old. There are many layers to the rationale for considering such a shift. Strong citizen participation requires that voters be knowledgeable about the institutions that represent them, and America does not adequately educate its citizens - only one-third of Americans can name all three branches of government, and schools are failing to prioritize effective civics education as they focus on meeting accountability measures in other subjects.
Brennan Center recommends improvements to online registration, election-day fail-safe mechanisms to correct mistaken information, machine security, and audit process.
City of Madison issued 66,834 absentee ballots in the 2016 General Election, truly shattering all previous records. The November 2016 election saw over twice the number of issued and returned absentee ballots as any previous election. The number of pre-registered voters prior to Election Day was also at a record high. That these numbers occurred in the context of Wisconsin's strict photo ID law is more remarkable, but this would not have been the case without In-Person Absentee Voting (IPAV) occurring at satellite locations across the City of Madison. Of the 66,834 total absentee ballots, 51,053 (or 76%) were issued at satellite IPAV locations, with an additional 6,207 being issued at the downtown City Clerk's Office. The thirteen off-site locations included City of Madison public libraries, a municipal engineering office and locations on the UW-Madison and Edgewood College campuses. The Clerk's Office took advantage of the strategic locations of Madison's nine public libraries, and where a library was not conveniently located, the Madison's eastside engineering department hosted absentee voting.
Major economic development projects and infrastructure investment can present both tremendous opportunities and significant threats for communities and residents. Using a community benefits approach, as a local government official you have powerful tools available to ensure that these projects provide the greatest social, economic and environmental benefits while also not harming surrounding neighborhoods. In short, community benefits are assets available through economic development that meet real community needs. Examples include community access to living wage jobs, affordable housing, health and community services and open space.
Securing adequate funding is the cornerstone of any public art program. Aside from donations from private individuals and corporations, there are a number of approaches through which to garner financial support for art. These ways can be broken into four broad tracts: public/private sector endeavors; percent- and non-percent-for-art programs; developer participation; and local funding sources.