Local Economic Development

We should support reforms that give communities more control over their own local economies.

We should support decentralization, and call for a community-based economics whose aim is local prosperity and self-sufficiency.

We support local production, local manufacturing, local sales, local recycling wherever and whenever possible. We encourage face-to-face relationships with local business owners and shopkeepers.

Successful local Green communities nurture everyone of all ages, generate good jobs and housing, and provide public services; creating cities and towns that educate everyone, encourage recreation, and preserve natural and cultural resources; building local governments that protect people from environmental hazards and crime; and motivating citizens to participate in making decisions.

SOLUTIONS

  1. Protect local businesses from the predatory pricing practices of chain and “big box” stores.
  2. Support incentives for co-operative enterprises, such as consumer co-ops, workers’ co-operatives, credit unions and other institutions that help communities develop economic projects.
  3. Allow municipalities to approve or disapprove large economic projects case-by-case based on environmental impacts, local ownership, community reinvestment, wage levels, and working conditions.
  4. Allow communities to set environmental, consumer, human rights, labor, health and safety standards higher than federal or state minimums.
  5. Invest in the commons: rebuild infrastructure; improve mass transit; protect and restore the environment.
  6. Support local living wage laws.
  7. Establish local currencies such as Time Dollars, Ithaca Hours and BerkShares, to strengthen local economies.
  8. Enact place of origin labeling.
  9. Enact corporate “good character” laws, requiring corporations, when applying for a permit, to disclose all violations of law they have committed. Empower officials to deny permits based on such information.

About mekorganic

I have been a Peace and Social Justice Advocate most all of my adult life. In 2022, I am again running for U.S. Congress in CA under the Green Party. This Blog and website are meant to be a progressive educational site, an alternative to corporate media and the two dominate political parties. Your comments and participation are most appreciated. (Click photo) .............................................. Paid for by Michael Kerr for Congress with Peace and Justice C00803577
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