Nashville Voted to Give Poor People, Locals New Construction Jobs. The State GOP Blocked It.

Last summer, with the backing of regional labor leaders and community groups, the city of Nashville approved an ordinance requiring large, municipally funded construction projects to devote 10 percent of their hiring to low-income residents. The ballot initiative, which also stipulated that 40 percent of such hires should reside in Nashville’s Davidson County, came amid an historic surge in building projects in the city’s downtown area.

Private Infrastructure Contracting May Be a Quick Fix, But Does it Create Lasting Jobs

“Infrastructure” is the Rorschach blot of budget politics, a catch-all for “build stuff” that can be touted as a magic bullet or dismissed as a liberal pork-laden boondoggle. But it’s not impossible to set some ground rules for steering clear of the perennial bridge to nowhere. Click here to read the rest of this article.

California Looks to Set a $15-an-hour Minimum Wage, Raising the Floor as Others Add Ceilings

On Monday, California lawmakers are preparing to announce a deal, according to the state's newspapers, to raise the minimum wage statewide to $15 an hour by 2022, becoming the first state to meet a target that over the past few years has gone from a pie-in-the-sky activist demand to the new baseline for big cities. Click here to read the rest of this article.


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