The NewDEAL Forum advances its mission by researching, identifying and sharing state and local pro-growth progressive policy ideas and bringing together public, private and non-profit sector policy experts to exchange ideas and discuss the country’s biggest challenges. In addition, the Forum encourages the exchange, sharing and dissemination of ideas via conferences and other in-person and virtual convening.  

Working Group: The Future of Work

The NewDEAL Forum has created its first working group around the Future of Work to research and disseminate best practices about how state and local governments can best expand opportunity for all in the changing economy.  The group is taking an in-depth look at how the changing nature will impact jobs, and what key challenges government will need to address including:

  • Skill building and education/workforce development aligned to 21st century jobs
  • Modernizing the social safety net, including portable worker benefits to ensure economic security in a dynamic job market
  • Best practices on how states and localities should approach regulation of new industries and technologies that enable private sector innovation growth, while ensuring opportunity for workers

Policy Recommendations on The Future of Work

The NewDEAL Forum’s working group is proud to announce the release of extensive proposals to respond to the rapid economic changes that are impacting all Americans.

This agenda comes in the wake of this month’s elections, as many legislatures and executive branches will reconvene in the new year to set priorities after experiencing significant turnover. As U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell write in an introduction praising the report:

“The future of work – how people earn their livelihood, provide for their families, and achieve economic security and dignity– has changed forever. In the midst of what feels like a constant stream of challenges facing today’s elected officials, the changing nature of work must be our highest priority.”

Working Group: Climate Change

The dramatic impacts of climate change are not theoretical predictions for the future, but rather part of our present reality. State and local governments have always had a critical role in addressing these challenges and, now more than ever, we must provide the leadership the country needs to limit the devastating effects of global warming. The NewDEAL Forum’s newest working group will focus on researching and disseminating best practices on addressing climate change at the state and local level. See examples of policies already being implemented around the country.

Future Working Groups

Future working groups will likely cover reforming education and other pressing issues.

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