FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2020
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5
NewDEAL Forum Releases Agenda for COVID Recovery
Renewing America Task Force recommends state/local policies to address economic crisis and rebuild country in stronger, more equitable way
Washington, D.C. – Recognizing the vital role of state and local government in achieving President Biden’s charge for our country to Build Back Better, the NewDEAL Forum today released policy recommendations for responding to immediate crises and addressing long-term challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report, created by the Forum’s Renewing America Task Force and available at this link, reflects discussions over the past six months that have brought together innovative state and local elected officials along with experts about solutions around six issues related to the recovery (see list below). On every topic, the Task Force specifically addressed opportunities to remedy long-standing inequities that have discriminated against people of color. Policy ideas were accompanied by models that are working across the country.
“In this moment of crisis, so many state and local leaders have stepped up to offer bold and creative ways to protect their communities from the immediate fall-out of the pandemic, while understanding that the goal of the recovery must not be to restore America to its pre-pandemic condition, but rather to emerge as a more just, prosperous, and secure nation than when the pandemic began,” reads the introduction to the report. ”They are on the frontlines of making this goal a reality.”
The group is led by five co-chairs who are members of the Forum’s sister organization, the NewDEAL, a network of 160 of the most innovative elected officials across the country who are pro-growth progressives:
Kate Gallego, Mayor, Phoenix, AZ
Garlin Gilchrist II, Lt. Governor, Michigan
Lee Harris, Mayor, Shelby County, TN
Brooke Lierman, Delegate, Baltimore, MD
Tobias Read, State Treasurer, Oregon
Issues addressed by the Renewing America Task Force Report on Policy Guidelines & Proposals to Build Back Better:
Affordable housing, including how states and cities should target their limited funding to reach those renters, homeowners, and landlords most economically impacted by the pandemic;
Child care, including the importance of supporting providers in covering higher costs due to health guidelines and making care more affordable and accessible moving forward;
Mass transit, including ways to take the overall transportation system into account in contrast to past policy decisions that have focused on automobile traffic at the expense of other forms of travel;
Entrepreneurship, including ideas for helping businesses to protect public health and move services online/operate remotely where possible;
Broadband, including ways to improve data on availability and invest in both middle and last-mile deployment; and
The social safety net, including the importance of simplifying and centralizing government data to make it easier to serve those in need and ensure they can access services.
“Our country is desperate for leadership that addresses long-time injustices and inequalities that have been exacerbated by this virus, including by embracing the opportunity to tackle the systemic racism being protested around the world,” said NewDEAL Forum CEO Debbie Cox Bultan. “The Renewing America Task Force has provided a guide for developing and sharing the best ideas for our recovery among officials who can lead their implementation across the country.”
About the NewDEAL Forum
The NewDEAL Forum is a Washington-DC based non-profit organization which identifies and promotes innovative, future-oriented state and local pro-growth progressive policies that can improve the lives of all Americans. By facilitating the identification and spread of policy ideas, the NewDEAL Forum seeks to foster economic growth, reduce barriers to opportunity, and promote good government in communities, cities, and states throughout the country.