Inequality link to climate change

Income is may explain 30 percent of the total household carbon emissions in Europe (likely more in the US where inequality is higher).  Rising incomes are expected to increase greenhouse gas emissions because people will have greater purchasing power. “It makes sense that the richer you are, the greater your purchasing power and the environmental impacts associated with it,” she …

Co-Creating Policy, re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up

Sometimes it isn’t enough to change the way you play. Sometimes you have to change the game itself, and the Localist movement is re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up. By drafting, advocating for and implementing policy, a broad cross-section of entrepreneurs, policymakers, economic development professionals and community members are transforming the legal structures that undergird …

A new book argues that the Constitution’s framers believed that vast concentrations of wealth were the enemy of democracy—so what happened?

By Jedediah Purdy, The Nation, 11 July 2017 Illustration by Tim Robinson. “Aconstitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in 1905. Holmes was dissenting from the Court’s majority opinion in Lochner v. New York, which held that the New York State Legislature had violated the right to freedom of contract when …

Measuring transportation performance for diverse users

By Todd Litman, on Planetizen, 13 July 2017 To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. For example, it is inefficient if inadequate sidewalks and paths force parents to chauffeur children to local destinations to which they would rather …

If you’re renting a US city apartment without a car, 16% of your rent pays for parking you don’t need

Expensive spots. (Björn Andrén/Matton Collection/Corbis) By Michael J. Coren, Quartz, July 18, 2017 A whole generation of young workers are being priced out of renting (let alone, buying) in major cities. Parking deserves part of the blame, suggests a recent study. Since the 1940s, many US cities introduced minimum parking rules: for every new unit of housing, developers must also build a certain …

About 100,000 in Michigan get their driver’s licenses suspended every year because many can’t afford to pay off traffic fines and fees

By Niraj Warikoo , Detroit Free, 24 May 2017 – Trapped in poverty by traffic tickets Buy Photo (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) 835CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 123COMMENTEMAILMORE Adrian Fowler didn’t have a valid driver’s license, but with her infant daughter running a 103-degree temperature one day in the winter of 2013, she had to drive. Fowler’s driver’s license had been suspended earlier …

Per mile road pricing and ban on new parking under consideration in London

Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 20 June 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to cut 3m car journeys a day and encourage cycling and walking in effort to reduce congestion and air pollution Queuing traffic in London, where the mayor wants to ensure 80% of journeys in future are made by public transport, walking or cycling. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA London is …

What if we taxed parking to keep housing affordable? A proposal in Atlanta…

By Angie Schmitt on Jul 03, 2017 11:50 am Last week we wrote about a proposal in Atlanta to set aside a fraction of funds from a recent transit ballot measure to keep housing affordable near new lines and stations. Advocates want to ensure that current residents benefit from those transit investments and don’t get forced out by rising rents. …

Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford

By  National Nurses United and The Sanders Institute *To download the full report click Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford We stand at the crossroads between guaranteeing healthcare to everyone through an improved and expanded Medicare program and leaving increasingly more people at the mercy of the market with legislation such as the American Health Care …