A Mayors Vision for America
Infrastructure, housing, and climate change are among the areas on which the U.S. Conference of Mayors is calling for action in Washington to support urgent local priorities. City leaders recently delivered a set of proposals to presidential hopefuls. Among the mayors spearheading this effort to help shape the agendas of 2020 candidates are NewDEALers Greg Fischer (Louisville, KY) and Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC). Check out CityLab’s report on their work, including comments from Benjamin and Fischer, who emphasizes that "the origin of these policies comes from our citizens" and that the policies have the chance to achieve broad support. Click here to read the full agenda, which also addresses immigration, education and workforce development, health care, and tax reform, among other topics.
An Equitable Future across the South
NewDEAL Alumna Stacey Abrams has launched the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) to spur innovation and collaboration that increases economic opportunity for more people in southern states, with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations. As Founder and Executive Director of the effort, Abrams says an opportunity exists to build on the common bond felt by local leaders across the South. The Project’s launch follows listening sessions throughout the region to shape the program’s focus on evidence-based work. Expected areas of research and collaboration include economic prosperity, healthcare, transportation, children and youth, and the environment.
NewDEALers in the Spotlight:
P.G. Sittenfeld, Councilmember and John Cranley, Mayor (Cincinnati, OH)
Renters Choice Makes a Splash
Just weeks after he announced the effort at the NewDEAL Leaders Conference (pictured left), Cincinnati Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld’s initiative to make rent more affordable is under consideration by the Council and garnering national attention. Also supported by NewDEAL Leader Mayor John Cranley, the legislation provides a low-cost alternative to security deposits, which can create significant barriers to housing. The proposal would allow a tenant who is applying for a home or rental unit to choose between making a traditional security deposit or purchasing insurance that provides full coverage for both tenant and landlord. After hearing interest in this idea from many NewDEALers at last month’s conference, NewDEAL plans to track and promote implementation efforts across the country, and encourages anyone pursuing a similar effort to reach out.