Marko Liias, Senator (Lynwood, WA)

Phasing Gasoline Vehicles Out of Washington

The Washington State legislature passed the groundbreaking Clean Cars 2030 bill, championed in the Senate by NewDEAL Leader Washington Senator Marko Liias. The bill requires all passenger vehicles model year 2030 or later to be electric vehicles, the most aggressive state goal in the country, and is the first gasoline phaseout legislation to be passed. Senator Liias noted that the legislation clarifies the transition to electric by creating a timeline and providing tools and guidelines for businesses and consumers alike to have a roadmap for the way forward. Read more about this pioneering bill.


Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation nominee

Pete Buttigieg Impresses on Capitol Hill

NewDEAL Alumnus Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Transportation, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, emphasizing he’ll bring a local perspective to the top transportation job. If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the second NewDEALer to lead the Department of Transportation after Secretary Anthony Foxx, also a former mayor, served in the Obama administration. He would also be the first openly gay member of a Cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate. As the Washington Post reports, Buttigieg was a leader in innovative transportation policy as mayor, and he offers a perspective on the importance of an effective federal partnership with states and cities. Take a look at the NewDEAL Forum Renewing America Task Force’s white paper on effective policy to restore trust in transit and expand access for a taste of what could get done with a friend to states and cities leading the Department of Transportation. Read more about the hearing here.


Levar Stoney, Mayor (Richmond, VA)

Making Transit Equitable & Easier

NewDEAL Leader Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney is creating a new Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility to oversee multimodal transit programs and expansion, with a focus on providing low-income neighborhoods with access to transportation. The office will help groups and agencies collaborate on major transit projects to minimize duplicative work, and will work on rethinking streets for all users, not just cars, as well as developing the bus and bike systems, improving last mile connectivity, and extending free bus fares. This holistic approach to transit development will be a focal point of an upcoming white paper on transit from the NewDEAL Forum’s Renewing America Task Force. Learn more about Mayor Stoney’s work from the city’s press release on this groundbreaking new office.