News Highlights

  • 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 […]

  • Connecticut YEOs Defend Campaign Finance Rule

    November 18, 2015

    A group of Connecticut YEOs criticized a plan to suspend for one year the state’s Citizen’s Election Program, which provides public financing for state-level campaigns, as being both out of step with popular opinion and detrimental to fairness and transparency. State Sen. Mae Flexer and state Reps. Sean Scanlon, James Albis, Matt Lesser, David Arconti, […]

  • North Carolina YEO Plans Wage Hike

    November 16, 2015

    Winston-Salem City Councilman Derwin Montgomery joined local activists in calling for raising the minimum wage for city employees from $10.10 an hour to $15 an hour. He called the move sensible policy; a sizable portion of Winston-Salem residents struggle financially, despite working full time jobs. “People are working 40 hours a week and still qualify […]

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