The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) provides the first ever national protections against dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The CPP presents a historic opportunity to not only accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy, but also to improve the health, environment, and local economies of communities overburdened by air pollution and the effects of climate change.
St. Petersburg, Florida — a city of about 257,000 residents sitting on the Gulf Coast next to Tampa — people have just a few options for getting around town. They can, of course, drive personal cars, walk or bike; catch a bus operated by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA); or hire taxis and Ubers. From February to August this year, the last mode choice on that list was likely the cheapest, most efficient option for accessing the bus. Click here to read the rest of this article.
My first morning in Altamonte Springs, Florida, I was faced with a dilemma: how to travel the two miles from my hotel to city hall without a car. Walking would take nearly an hour in the sweltering June heat. Taking a bus would entail waiting up to a half hour at a stop with little shelter from the forecasted thunderstorms, followed by a looping detour to the local mall. The trip could potentially take longer than walking. Click here to read the rest of this article.
In recent weeks, both presidential candidates have unveiled plans to repair and improve the country’s bridges, roads, internet and water systems. Democratic nominee Clinton says she will allocate $275 billion to the cause, including the creation of a national infrastructure bank designed to spur private investment, in what she has called the “biggest job creation program since World War II.” Click here to read the rest of this article.
The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and the Business Integrity Commission (BIC) have released the findings of a study that recommends that the city move ahead with implementing commercial waste collection zones. Click here to read the rest of this article.
Parents (and expecting parents) who balance jobs to raise small kids are faring better in California than anywhere else in the country, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, which recently released the fourth edition of an 81-page study measuring family benefits. Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents gauges how states have or have not exceeded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of workplace protections for new parents that took effect in 1993.
In the last year, city officials in New Orleans, Cleveland and Nashville have found themselves scrambling to protect “hire local” policies from their respective state governments. Click here to read the rest of this article.
Don Creery had been driving for Uber in Seattle for several months when in May 2014 the clutch wore out on his Kia Soul. A former music teacher, Creery had enjoyed his work for Uber and said he made enough to live comfortably. So, anticipating much more driving in the future, he took out a $10,000 loan to purchase a brand new Soul with an automatic transmission—a smart investment, he judged, for his career as an Uber driver.
When Minnesota lawmakers agreed to put millions of dollars toward building a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, contractors were told they had to what some thought impossible: ensure that minorities accounted for a third of the construction workforce. Click here to read the rest of this article.
Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft claim that the people who work for them are “independent contractors,” thus ineligible for most employee benefits. That argument may prove difficult to sustain. Click here to read the rest of this article.