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What state did for Ohio families with tax revenue is not good enough. High quality childhood education benefits children. The state should spend more budget on child care, home visiting, kinship care, and child support administration.
In recent months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has started a campaign to pass legislation that would give voters the chance to approve a $3 billion environmental bond act. The 'Restore Mother Nature Bond Act' is designed to complement New York's ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act by providing funds for the Department of Environmental Conservation and others, to support nature-based projects that mitigate flood risks, restore natural habitats and improve storm resiliency. In this column, the authors examine the background to, and purposes of, the nascent Restore Mother Nature Bond Act. In addition to this, they also discuss constitutional challenges and funding issues associated with the act.
Seattle Ordinance 126035 (“Clean Campaigns Acts”) related to campaign finance regulations. The ordinance limits contributions to independent expenditure committees (CB 119730); prohibits contributions by foreign-influenced corporations (CB 119731); and requires greater transparency in political advertising (CB 119732).
Green stormwater infrastructure practices produce value beyond stormwater management. Investing in Green Stormwater Infrastructure produces value for communities in the form of specific health benefits, economic benefits, climate benefits, education benefits. Residents win when local infrastructure investments give equal or higher importance to environmental and societal outcomes, rather than solely prioritizing economic outcomes. Municipal leaders can use this guide to inform a holistic, triple-bottom line approach to infrastructure improvements in pursuit of healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.
Research shows that transgender people in the United States face persistent and pervasive discrimination and violence. LGBT people in the United States are particularly susceptible to violence and discrimination by law enforcement. This fact sheet includes statistics and data to support these claims.
Extensive research has shown that LGBTQ people in the United States experience poverty at higher rates compared to cisgender heterosexual people. Among LGBTQ adults, transgender people and cisgender bisexual women experience the highest rates of economic insecurity. Through interviews with low-income LGBTQ persons, this report documents their experiences with poverty, including factors leading to and maintaining economic insecurity within the LGBTQ community, such as childhood poverty, mental health issues, substance abuse issues, anti-LGBT bias within families and employment settings, and more. The findings outlined in this report have implications for anti-poverty advocates, because systemic oppression and interpersonal stigma on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation affect many people’s economic stability.
Compared to non-LGBT people, LGBT people appear to be more likely to face housing unaffordability, experience homelessness, and be renters (rather than homeowners). LGBT people face an array of stigma and discrimination across their life course that undermines their ability to have stable, safe, and affordable housing. Despite evidence of widespread discrimination and its harms, federal, state, and local law provide minimal protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, lending, and social services—leaving the majority of LGBT people without clear legal recourse when they face bias because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In response, this report provides policy recommendations to address the variety of challenges that the LGBTQ community faces regarding housing.
This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California in relation to their vulnerability to economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings of the report show that about 612,000 LGBT Californians were living below 200% of the federal poverty level prior to the pandemic; among these people, poverty was especially concentrated among young people and people of color. In addition, many LGBT Californians rent their homes, have experienced food insecurity, and are employed in industries that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Thus, efforts to monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 on Californians must include a focus on vulnerable populations, including LGBT adults.
Storytelling on social media has become a powerful tool to shift public narratives in the movement to end mass criminalization. However, if misused, improper storytelling runs the risk of perpetuating narratives that reinforce, rather than work to dismantle, the criminal justice system. To avoid this, this guide offers tips to organizers and advocates who are using social media to broadly critique the criminal punishment system, including through the use of storytelling about individual cases or people, in order to build power and to bring about changes that lessen its size, scope, and reach.
Local governments are on the front lines of our nation’s response to the combined public health and economic crisis created by COVID-19. Local leaders are being forced to adapt to new realities in an environment where the individuals, families, businesses, and civic organizations within their community are under extreme stress. This book is broken down into three phases for action: from the immediate steps your community should be taking to the mid-range tactics to the long-term action items on issues like food supply, housing, health care, transportation, or just basic community commerce. Community leaders have to address these problems in real time, under stress, with limited outside assistance. To prepare the ground for recovery, we are now forced to innovate.