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State Legislatures Attacking Community Wealth Building

Ted Howard and John Duda

Our President Ted Howard and Communications Director John Duda write about how municipal policies for inclusive local hiring shouldn’t be illegal, drawing on several examples of pushback from city governments as community organizations fight for policies that work toward equality:

The eyes of the country turned this spring to North Carolina, where the state legislature passed the infamous HB2 “bathroom bill” in order to overturn the efforts of the Charlotte city council to make public bathrooms inclusive and safe for transgender individuals. HB2—with its extraordinarily broad attacks on LGBT individuals’ rights to equal protection under the law—has been roundly condemned by everyone from grassroots activists to some of our country’s largest corporations, not to mention federal leaders from the DOJ and the White House. But this isn’t the only assault on the power of cities to create inclusive policies to help their most vulnerable residents—across the country, state legislatures are working to make municipal efforts to leverage public spending for local job creation illegal... Read full article.