At the Bentonville Conference on American Life this week, Walmart released a new report with in-depth, localized data on the unique challenges that the modern economy presents in every county in the U.S. This data can help policymakers identify strategies for helping their counties adapt to change. The report incorporates insights from numerous stakeholders, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and a number of nonprofits and think tanks working in the state and local government space. Check out the report to dive into solutions for your own region.
NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chair Senator Mark Warner joined a Republican colleague this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to help Americans tackle student loan debt by allowing employers to contribute tax-free to employees' loans. The legislation would help employers attract and retain talent, while also helping workers improve their financial future. Read more info about how the program would work. NewDEAL Leaders are also tackling the problem at the state and local level: During a conference call this week, Leaders discussed the magnitude of the student debt crisis and solutions to address it, including work already underway by Leaders Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser and Texas Representative Cesar Blanco.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Brandon Whipple, State Representative
NewDEAL Leader Kansas Representative Brandon Whipple filed three bills this week to increase college access and help reduce potential student debt. His bills would provide a tax credit to students receiving Pell Grants, expand the types of alternative college credits that can be transferred, and end application fees for scholarships. Read more details on how his bills could change the lives of Kansans currently struggling to afford higher education.