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This report details the impact on workers of the hotel industry in LA refusing to comply with the City's Living Wage Ordinance
Small, locally owned businesses are critical to creating thriving communities and an equitable U.S. economy. However, America’s small businesses are facing dire economic consequences, with many of them closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address these circumstances, this report offers recommendations for community leaders to provide quick relief to keep businesses afloat, help businesses adapt, and fix systemic problems that the pandemic has laid bare.
This report documents real estate development patterns along three recently constructed light rail transit lines in the United States: the Hiawatha Line in Minnesota, the Southeast Corridor in Colorado, and the Blue Line in North Carolina. Specifically, this report aims to give regions with planned or new light rail corridors a better sense of what to expect in terms of new development (based on actual experiences in regions with new transit lines), offer insight about the factors influencing development patterns near transit (as well as how the public sector can assist in realizing the market potential for transit-oriented development), and test analytical methods that are used by planners to identify areas that are more likely to redevelop or that are seen as better locations for transit-oriented development.
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 the following four points: the U.S needs to address inequality, the U.S needs more revenue, the U.S tax system is not solving these problems now, and the public supports using progressive taxes to solve these problems.
The Neighborhood Jobs Trust (NJT) was created in 1987 to ensure that Boston's low- and moderate-income residents benefit, in the form of job training, from the development in their city. In other words, the Trust translates commercial development in the physical landscape into economic empowerment in the human one. Given that Boston is in the midst of the largest 4-year building boom in its history, the Trust has only grown in significance as a mechanism to make Boston a more equitable and prosperous city for all its residents. Over 2016-2017, NJT allocated $2.2 million to support over 2,300 residents in a variety of programs - from occupational skills training to adult literacy to tuition support - to develop their economic potential. This investment has yielded results. Placed graduates of NJT grantee programs earned an average hourly wage of $15.23 - a figure well above the city's living wage.
This report outlines options local governments can take if they fail to successfully recover from financial crises. The first option is state intervention; the state government (either directly or through its agents) can encourage the local government to make decisions that will improve financial conditions. The second option is bankruptcy, which governments should seek to avoid. This report answers common questions about local government bankruptcy to aid local government decision-makers in understanding what bankruptcy can and cannot do prior to filing for it.
Local governments provide over 95% of the total funding for U.S. water infrastructure. To meet the nation’s growing water infrastructure needs, address the impacts of climate change on water quality and availability, and to ensure equity and affordability for low- and fixed-income ratepayers, the federal government should partner with local governments to repair and replace the United States’ water delivery and treatment systems. This report lists actions the federal government must take, including continuing programs such as the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and WIFIA, providing grants to local governments for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management, allowing longer permit terms for pollution discharge permits, and more.
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 for infrastructure and other social needs, this report provides local examples of taxation strategies that target corporations contributing to inequality and wealthy property owners; these include case studies of cities implementing CEO pay gap taxes, high end real estate taxes to fund affordable housing, and vacancy taxes, and cities reducing corporate tax subsidies.
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 funds depleted even more drastically. There is a desperate need for more municipal tax revenue and for a more just system for collecting it, instead of the current practice of cities collecting their revenue in regressive ways. Across the United States, there are major political obstacles to raising any kind of revenue. And yet, although different, the obstacles at the municipal level are in some ways even greater than they are at the state and federal levels. Nevertheless, there are meaningful strategies that cities and counties can adopt. And there are political strategies that may be effective at generating state-level reform. This report lays these out in detail, discussing the political and policy strengths and weaknesses of each.
In September 2007, recognizing the great potential of green economic and infrastructure development, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker asked the Apollo Alliance to engage the community at large and "make Newark a national showcase for clean and efficient energy use, green economic development and job creation, and equitable environmental opportunity." The project, announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in New York City, focused on convening a summit of Newark's community leaders to develop recommendations for the city to become cleaner, greener, and more prosperous.