News Highlights

  • Bold Drug Policy from Ithaca’s Mayor

    March 22, 2016

    Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick’s plan to tackle his community’s heroin epidemic is being lauded as a common sense “tool in the battle against addiction and overdoses.” His multifaceted approach would introduce supervised drug injection sites, a detoxification program, and methadone clinic while increasing drug education efforts and mental health screenings. “This has been a quiet […]

  • Philadelphia YEO in Low-Income Tax Relief Plan

    March 22, 2016

    Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s bill to extend the “Longtime Owner Occupants Program,” which will cap property taxes for low-income, long-term residents, was approved by the Philadelphia City Council. The new bill extends a 10 year tax cap for the homeowner’s lifespan, or until they move out of the property.

  • Washington Sen. Tackles Student Loan Debt

    February 9, 2016

    Washington state Sen. Marko Liias recently announced a series of three new bills to help relieve student debt. The first targets loan providers who engage in fraud, and would create an ombudsman to investigate it. The second bill cuts employers’ taxes if they help their staffers repay their loans, while the third explores “lower cost […]

  • San Francisco YEO Offers Affordable Housing Measure

    January 21, 2016

    Last Tuesday, Jane Kim introduced a charter amendment to increase San Francisco’s minimum affordable housing requirement to 25 percent, more than double its current rate. The measure would require new market-rate housing construction to dedicate 15 percent of all units to those making up to 55 percent area median income, and a further 10 percent […]

  • Ithaca YEO Bans the Box

    January 5, 2016

    Ithaca, NY became the latest of over 100 cities and 18 states to “ban the box.” Applicants to city jobs will no longer be asked about any felony convictions on their first round of interviews. Mayor Svante Myrick added, “Discouraging good people from applying hurts our organization and prevents previously incarcerated people from doing the […]

  • Pennsylvania YEOs Sign Climate Letter

    January 5, 2016

    Pittsburgh-area YEOs Natalia Rudiak, Fawn Walker-Montgomery, and Marita Garrett were among 353 local politicians who signed an open letter to President Obama urging the US to generate 100 percent of its power from renewables by the year 2050.

  • YEO Votes Down Jail Proposal

    December 16, 2015

    San Francisco YEO Supervisor Jane Kim voted against a proposal to build a new jail complex, joining activists who called the plans misguided and costly. Those opposed to the jail said other concerns, including expanding affordable housing stock and homelessness prevention, should be the city’s top priorities instead.

  • Delaware YEO Sees Support for Minimum Wage Hike

    December 8, 2015

    Wilmington, Delaware City Councilman Darius Brown’s co-sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour advanced in the chamber last week, when every councilmember voted to pass a resolution supporting it. “I’m glad that our council members supported the resolution tonight. I think our council members understand the challenges that our constituents face […]

  • Wisconsin YEO Seeks Redistricting Overhaul

    December 2, 2015

    Dane County, WI Supervisor Jenni Dye called plans to limit politicians’ influence in the redistricting process “a step in the right direction.” The county board’s Redistricting Subcommittee recommended that the new board include nine to 11 impartial residents selected for ethnic, racial, geographic, and gender diversity; the commission now includes seven politicians and four citizens. […]

  • Florida YEO Tackles Dark Campaign Money

    November 24, 2015

    With Senate Bill 892, Florida state Senator Darren Soto hopes to make the opaque donations from political action committees more transparent. The bill would disclose a PAC donor’s full name and occupation; if the donor is a corporation, the nature of their business would need to be spelled out in the clearest possible terms, as […]

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