MT Community Development Update
Planning continues for the next set of National Public Issues Education Consortium webinar series' on the topics of community leadership, social investing and participatory budgeting. If you are interested in more information about the group or webinars, please email me.
Reports & Resources
Many Across the Globe Are Dissatisfied With How Democracy Is Working
The US currently has seven tax brackets -- and some Republicans, including Donald Trump and former House Speaker Paul Ryan -- have said that they believe that's too many. It's been a common talking point for Republicans in presidential elections. Along with Trump, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul all expressed a desire to reduce the number of brackets. And they said it was because it would simplify the tax code.
The 1 percent may be hoarding America's wealth, but the 25 percent are hoarding its housing opportunity. That's according to an Apartment List analysis of changing incomes and housing rates in the U.S. It found that the current state of the housing market both exacerbates and mirrors the economic inequality widening at the national and local level. Incomes are growing fastest for the country's wealthiest, but at least for the top quarter of earners, their housing costs are also falling fastest. Meanwhile, it's Americans in the bottom 10 percent of incomes whose rents and mortgages are getting more expensive.
High worker productivity occurs across diverse counties and sectors but is not always connected with population growth and opportunity. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released data on gross domestic product (GDP) by U.S. county. Looking at counties with high GDP per worker (defined as greater than $100,000 for the purposes of this analysis), we found several interesting patterns.
Local news is an integral part of American communities, providing information on everything from local politics and government to local sports and schools. A new Pew Research Center survey conducted Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 2018, among 34,897 U.S. adults examines how Americans get local news and their attitudes toward their local news media. In addition to results at the national level, the scope of the survey makes it possible to search for, examine and download findings about the local news environments of 99 distinct areas across the United States through an online, interactive feature.
Beef and climate change are in the news these days, from cows' alleged high-methane farts (fact check: they're actually mostly high-methane burps) to comparisons with cars and airplanes (fact check: the world needs to reduce emissions from fossil fuels and agriculture to sufficiently rein in global warming). And as with so many things in the public sphere lately, it's easy for the conversation to get polarized. Animal-based foods are nutritious and especially important to livelihoods and diets in developing countries, but they are also inefficient resource users. Beef production is becoming more efficient, but forests are still being cut down for new pasture. People say they want to eat more plants, but meat consumption is still rising.
May 9-10, 2019
Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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Sponsor: Community Development Society
Deadline: May 28, 2019
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Deadline: July 12, 2019
Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline: July 18, 2019
Funder: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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MSU Extension - Community Development