Equity Rule Categories

EQUITY is achieved when communities take responsibility for their own and for future generations. Accepting responsibility is the second major pillar of the ARC of community (Authority, Responsibility, and Capacity). Without authority we cannot become responsible for ourselves. Without responsibility, authority will indeed be exercised in shortsighted and often intolerant ways.

Are communities inherently intolerant, narrowminded, selfish and shortsighted? History is replete with examples that bolster this view. Yet communities have also been the locus of mutual aid networks, and in many cases, community level production systems are the most environmentally responsible.

This section of the web site identifies rules that encourage communities to accept responsibility towards their own less fortunate members and less fortunate members in other communities. The rules deal primarily with the issue of equity: providing livable wages, health care and education to all citizens.

Asset Building – Individual Development Accounts

Earned Income Tax Credit

Employee Ownership

Equity in School Finance

Health Care Coverage – Vermont

Living Wage

Medical Malpractice Insurance Rate Regulation

Mile-Based Auto Insurance

Single-Payer and Universal Health Care

Small Schools vs. Big Schools

Universal Access to Pre-School

Universal Health Care Initiative – Maine