How Cities Are Thinking About Equity and Revenues – Route Fifty – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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By Tracy Gordon, Aravind Boddupalli and Lourdes Germán

Connecting state and local government leaders

State and local governments have received nearly $1 trillion in federal Covid-19 relief and enhanced grant funds. And more federal dollars are on the way from the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This historic infusion of federal investments serves as a unique opportunity for state and city leaders to rethink past budget priorities and define new, more inclusive policy goals. Especially considering that the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affected low-paid, service-sector workers, and widened existing disparities.

So how are cities applying their funds to advance equity? We reviewed city equity plans for the 28 cities participat

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