thumbnail

Jordan Harris, Representative (Philadelphia, PA)

Scholarships for Pennsylvanian Students

A bill introduced by NewDEAL Leader Pennsylvania Representative Jordan Harris aims to create a new fund to award scholarships to students whose families make less than $104,000 annually. Scholarships would cover fees not paid by other state grants, and provide up to $4,000 for those attending an eligible higher education institution, or up to $2,000 to students attending a community college. Seventy percent of Pennsylvania’s students take out student loans averaging $39,000 over four years, debt that can be crippling to recent graduates and can deter prospective students from seeking higher education.  Harris’ bill also seeks to alleviate workforce shortages by prioritizing students in programs with high-workforce needs, such as healthcare, education, and public service, and scholarships need not be repaid as long as the student remains in the state for the same length of time it took to complete their studies. Read more about the proposed fund, which has the backing of the state’s governor.

thumbnail

Levar Stoney, Mayor (Richmond, VA)

Mayor’s Alliance to End Childhood Hunger

NewDEAL Leader Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney is chairing the new Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, launched this week, with more than 50 other mayors already signed on, including 14 other NewDEALers. The Alliance seeks individual and collective leadership from cities nationwide to take meaningful action against childhood hunger, including publicly speaking on hunger issues, expansion of SNAP and P-EBT opportunities, and providing better financial assistance for school meals. Read more about the Alliance, or check out their one-pager on actions mayors can take.

thumbnail

Brighter Futures Early Learning Scholarships

Problem

Early Learning is arguably more important than college, yet most new parents are not prepared for the exorbitant cost of quality child care for their young children. The cost of child care also limits parent choice as higher quality programs are out of reach for many. This means those families must choose from lower quality programs that may not be preparing their children for educational success. State and federal governments already support robust scholarships and financial aid programs for post-secondary education. What if these same options were available for quality early learning? The difference that a quality early learning experience has on a child’s overall and long-term educational, social and physical wellbeing is a proven and undisputed fact. Children who access these educational programs return this investment through higher learning achievement, higher employment levels and less economic burden as they become adults. 

 

Solution

An early learning scholarship program that sets aside quality child care slots for children who need it the most: Parents that have hit a “fiscal cliff”, making just enough money to knock them out of most existing child care subsidy programs; Foster parents who currently must pay out of pocket expenses for child care; Teen moms working to earn a high school diploma; and Parents experiencing homelessness.   These “scholarships” should be focused on making sure every child has access to a quality early learning experience so that they can be ready for kindergarten and achieve success in school.    This program would leverage existing systems and expand support for families, which will give them the ability to make the best educational choices for their children at the most critical age, regardless of their income. 

thumbnail

Innovation Alabama State Matching Funds Award

Problem

 In the State of Alabama, historically there have not been incentives of any kind for startup companies to be attracted to bring their business to the State. The problem was when dealing with STTR and SBIR matching funds, technology startups typically go to the federal level to receive these funds and there are no matching funds that aid them on the State level. In Alabama, when you receive the federal funding that’s all you are eligible to receive. However, in other states there exists a program to match the funds received at the federal level with state funds, creating more of an incentive for businesses to startup in other surrounding states. Through the Innovation Creation Commission created by the Governor of Alabama, I was able to bring HB 609, a bill that would provide matching funds for startups as a means to ensure more businesses stay in the state. 

 

Solution

The solution is simple: ensure that the State of Alabama is able to market itself to viable startups and business, by allowing tech companies to receive additional funding, in this case, up to $100k on the first phase and $250k on the second phase in matching grants.

thumbnail

Ben Allen, Senator (Los Angeles, CA)

Supporting California’s Creative Workforce

This week, California’s governor signed NewDEAL Leader Senator Ben Allen’s California Creative Workforce Act into law, one of the first pieces of legislation to focus on workforce development for the creative arts. This act aims to alleviate the detrimental effects of COVID-19 suffered by California’s arts and culture workforce by offering grants for apprenticeships, job training opportunities, and the ability to earn a living wage through employment. To learn more about how Senator Allen’s bill will support California’s creative sector, which contributes 25% of the entire United States creative economy, read the article here.

thumbnail

John Cranley, Mayor (Cincinnati, OH)

Supporting Restaurants Through the Winter
As temperatures drop, restaurants are struggling to find ways to stay open while adhering to strict public health guidelines which encourage outdoor dining. In Cincinnati, Mayor John Cranley announced a new grant program seeking to give local restaurants the aid they need to continue operating during winter months. The program consists of $4 million in grants which can be used for anything from PPE to heat lamps and tents. Restaurants participating in the program will also benefit from promotion through Taste of Cincinnati, an established brand that can use its marketing tools and reach to help businesses reach more customers. Check out details about the program here.