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This ordinance enacts a temporary moratorium on big box store applications and hearings to allow time for residents and town officials to consider the impacts of large-scale retail and amends the town zoning law accordingly.
An ordinance adopting a six-month moratorium on development of stores larger than 80,000 square feet. The city used the time to review the design, transportation, and other planning issues posed by big box retailers, and to make changes to its planning and zoning rules.
U.S. Gallup polls indicate that individuals living in rural and small-town communities have a hostile view towards immigrants in the United States. In 2019 People’s Action launched a campaign in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania with the goal of “building a bigger we”, or community development that includes immigrants and refugees. Through the utilization of deep canvassing, People’s Action hoped to reshape voters’ worldview and aid them in realizing that immigrants and people of color are not the drivers of scarcity and minimal job opportunities, but are equally impacted by the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. The results of this campaign show that deep canvassing was effective in persuading voters of all backgrounds to become more supportive to immigrants.
A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This guide outlines options policymakers can take to transform the U.S.’ energy economy to not only meet the challenges of climate change, but also to put people and planet before profits.
For more than two centuries, corporations have extracted enormous wealth from the Appalachian region for the profit of owners and shareholders, leaving the area with high rates of poverty, unemployment and low wages. To navigate around these issues, along with the severely changing climate, this blueprint outlines real, lasting, structural changes that will lead to healthy and successful Appalachian communities. In particular, the "New Deal that Works for Us" proposes that the Appalachian region can build a strong and lasting economy based on investments in a clean economic future that puts workers first, respects communities, takes care of the land, and grows local wealth.
Recognizing the difficulty of bringing actions against companies with abundant financial resources and lawyers, in the 1980s many state attorneys general (AGs) began to cooperate with one another. While initially this cooperation was limited to sharing information about their own separate investigations, eventually groups of state AGs later started to prosecute cases jointly in what became known as multistate litigation. Though partisan divisions in the United States remain strong, multistate AG litigation is an arena in which political differences can be put aside in pursuit of a common effort to fight price-fixing, foreclosure abuses, the sale of unsafe drugs and other forms of corporate wrongdoing. This report offers a review of multistate litigation over the past two decades, revealing that state AGs have become critical actors in combating corporate misconduct.
Corporations and their political allies deploy state preemption to stop local progress and block the abilities of local governments to act on the values and needs of their communities. This report uses data from Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee to demonstrate how communities, particularly low-income women of color, are working towards equitable policies around paid sick days, wages, and affordable housing, only to be blocked at the state level by lawmakers caving to corporate pressure or following an anti-regulation agenda.
Fracking is an under-regulated, highly contaminative, and unsustainable practice. Because major decisions about large-scale fracking projects are unaddressed by the federal government (since profitable oil companies have utilized their monetary and political capital to keep fracking legal), the anti-fracking movement relies on local action. This brief outlines cities that have banned fracking by explicit ordinances or through other means, such as rewriting zoning laws, narrowing road-use regulations, setting noise limits, or recognizing “critical environmental areas.”
More than one million businesses and non-profit organizations have been identified as recipients of grants and loans awarded through the Paycheck Protection Program and other provisions of the CARES Act. Good Jobs First has determined that more than 43,000 of those recipients have been involved in corporate misconduct over the past decade. The revelation that thousands of CARES Act recipients have records of misconduct—including some cases of a criminal nature—raises the question of whether the eligibility criteria for the grant and loan programs were strict enough. This report argues that these companies should be subject to additional scrutiny to ensure they do not resume their fraudulent behavior while receiving grants and loans.
Many of the largest companies operating in the United States have increased their profits by forcing employees to work off the clock or by depriving them of required overtime pay. An analysis of federal and state court records shows that these corporations have been embroiled in hundreds of lawsuits over wage theft and have paid out billions of dollars to resolve the cases. This report analyzes the prevalence of wage theft in big business and identifies the specific corporations and industry sectors that have been involved most often and paid the largest penalty amounts.