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Ohio has pressing needs for public investment, from stemming the drug epidemic to preventing infant mortality; fixing the unconstitutional school funding system to making college affordable. Taxpayer revenues should be used for public services that benefit everyone, not for special tax breaks. The House is right in eliminating this tax break. The Senate should concur.
This report provides 10 aggressive strategies that tackles multiple industry sectors and makes Ohio more sustainable.
The report lists population, race, economic security, health, family, education, access to childcare of children in Michigan
The cost of high- quality children care is high. Even CCDBG provides support of child care, few people can access to it. The government should expand their investment in child care and increase professional development opportunities for child care and early learning workforce.
The State budget for college education has been cut, leading to higher tuition fees. This reports various ways to make higher education debt free in the state.
Childcare produces tremendous benefits for the child, the family, and society, but is currently undervalued by policy makers. Women employed in the childcare industry are living just above the poverty line. The government can increase childcare funding, improving pay of people working for childcare, and improve childcare provider's compensation.
This report showcases a variety of different pathways cities are taking to reach the Paris Agreement climate goals. These pathways and related actions focus on reducing resource consumption, shifting to cleaner sources of energy, and transforming our communities for deep long-lasting climate action.
The courts decided 46 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2018. However, the most important action under SEQRA was in the Legislature, followed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This column analyzes these developments, specifically looking at legislative action, administrative action, and judicial action under SEQRA, as well as SEQRA's statutes of limitations.
There is no good business case for trash incineration. Burning trash is the most expensive form of electricity generation, creates pollution that raises health costs to the public, destroys valuable resources, and produces the fewer jobs than comparable capital projects. The trash incineration industry markets themselves as “energy from waste” or “waste-to-energy” as if they’re primarily power plants, buy no one builds trash incinerators to produce energy. They are primarily waste disposal facilities with energy generation as a “secondary function,” as the industry has admitted on the record Incineration is the most expensive way to produce electricity. It increases health care costs for people and is not an efficient producer of jobs.
In the biggest change in local transportation policy in a generation, maybe two, "congestion pricing" will be instituted in Manhattan's Central Business District in early 2021. It is the first action in decades that could actually lower traffic congestion, and that could provide a stable funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It also transfers considerable power from the Mayor to the Governor. Vehicles entering Manhattan on or below 60th Street will need to pay a charge, probably through the E-ZPass system or, if the do not have such passes but their license plates are photographed, higher rates via "pay-by-mail." The program has three major goals- reducing traffic volumes on Manhattan's streets by making it more expensive to drive; reducing air pollution; and providing an assured source of capital funding for the transit system. The new program was enacted as part of the FY2020 State budget, Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019. Most of it is codified in a new Article 44-C of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. This column discusses what the law provides, what is yet to be decided, and who will decide.