News Highlights

  • 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 […]

  • Nebraska YEO Calls for Corrections Department Reforms

    November 9, 2015

    Nebraska state Senator Heath Mello says more oversight of the state’s prison system is needed in order to correct chronic problems with overcrowding, financial and staffing issues, and inadequate mental health services for inmates. Mello noted that the ad hoc oversight committee, which sent its recommendations to state legislators recently, may need to be made […]

  • Pennsylvania YEO Sees Expungement Bill Through State House

    November 3, 2015

    A bill sponsored by Rep. Jordan Harris to allow certain nonviolent offenses to be expunged from a criminal record cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week. Ten years after a qualifying second- or third-degree misdemeanor sentence is completed, offenders will be able to request a court hearing to limit access to their public arrest […]

  • Michigan YEO Aims to Address Wage Disparities

    October 27, 2015

    A Michigan YEO has proposed a package of bills to combat wage discrimination. State Rep. Kristy Pagan’s House Bill 4489 would “require businesses to post information about pay equity laws,” while sister bills would require them to “disclose certain wage information” and create an Equal Pay Commission. In her state, white women earn 30 percent […]

  • Michigan YEO Inaugurates Recycling Program

    October 14, 2015

    East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett is rolling out a new recycling program for his city. Under the plan, the city expects to increase the amount of waste it sends to recycling plants by 40 to 50 percent while diverting more waste from landfills. High-capacity recycling bins will pair with the city’s new fleet of hybrid-electric […]

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