Enhancing their perspective on the global economy and their understanding of a key world power, four NewDEAL members participated in a bipartisan China United States Foundation (CUSEF) delegation of state and local elected officials, visiting the cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. Houston Councilor Amanda Edwards, Denver Council President Albus Brooks, State Attorney Dave Aronberg (Palm Beach, FL) and Senator Jeff Yarbro (Nashville, TN) exchanged ideas with Chinese leaders on international issues affecting communities around the world, from urban development to renewable energy to the opioid crisis. The NewDEAL regularly works with CUSEF on the program as part of an effort to help NewDEAL Leaders better understand and find solutions in the changing global economy.
State Treasurers Tobias Read (Oregon) and Mike Frerichs (Illinois) are setting a path forward for states to address the retirement insecurity felt by 60 percent of Americans. In an op-ed for Route Fifty, these NewDEAL Leaders explain the urgency of supporting retirement savings and policies they are pursuing that can be replicated throughout the country even as Congress fails to act.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Kevin Ranker, Senator
(Orcas Island, WA)
An effort led by NewDEAL Leader Senator Kevin Ranker has brought together 550 state legislators from across the country to oppose President Trump's announcement withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Having seen Mayors unite around climate, Ranker drafted a statement for state lawmakers to commit to further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continue the United States' leadership in working towards a clean energy economy. The statement notes that "it is important that state and local governments come together to strengthen our resolve and meet our regional goals ... and our national goals to achieve the reductions agreed to in Paris in 2015."
And if you missed it, you can listen here to a conference call NewDEAL hosted last week with New Democrat Member of Congress Scott Peters, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and NRDC's Shelley Poticha on continuing to make progress on climate change in the face of the Administration's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.