Back to top Jump to featured resources

Viewing the state policy tag archive

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2017

California Lawmakers Vote Against Rural Constituents for High-Quality Broadband Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-lawmakers-vote-against-rural-constituents-for-high-quality-broadband-access/

California Legislators have turned on their constituents living in rural areas who want to participate in the 21st century online economy. What began as a move in the right direction – allocating substantial resources to funding high-speed Internet infrastructure – has become another opportunity to protect big incumbents. It’s twice as nice for Frontier and AT&T,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2017

Ohio State Lawmakers Look to Minnesota for Broadband Development Ideas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ohio-state-lawmakers-look-to-minnesota-for-broadband-development-ideas/

Two Ohio State Senators are taking a page from Minnesota’s playbook to expand rural broadband connectivity. Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Republican Sen. Cliff Hite recently announced that they would be introducing legislation to create a grant program modeled after the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.   Putting Money Into It The program is expected to… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2017

How States and Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-states-and-cities-can-unlock-local-clean-energy/

Yesterday’s news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support? A lot. In fact, with the help of states, cities have many avenues to boost their economies and drive down energy costs with local… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Monopoly Un-Managed? Utility Tries to Dodge Oversight of Spendy Proposed Gas Plant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-un-managed-utility-tries-to-dodge-oversight-of-spendy-proposed-gas-plant/

Circumventing a decades-old pact providing a market monopoly in exchange for public oversight, an investor-owned utility has proposed legislation to allow it to build a new natural gas plant criticized for its financial and environmental impact, and then stick customers with the tab. Legislation supporting Xcel Energy’s billion-dollar plans cropped up earlier this month, three… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2016

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – South Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-south-dakota/

In May 2016, a new type of sales tax fairness law took effect in South Dakota. The new law requires merchants to collect the state’s sales taxes if their revenue from sales in South Dakota exceeds $100,000 per year, or if they process 200 or more separate transactions a year in the state. The law is part of an effort by states to challenge the existing sales tax fairness standard, and both put pressure on federal legislators and bring the issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Keeping Commercial Space Affordable for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/keeping-commercial-space-affordable-for-local-businesses/

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies. Continue reading

Featured Article, Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

MD Bill Introduced That Names ILSR to State Task Force

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/initiativescompostingmd-hb743/

Maryland House Bill 743 – Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Task Force, sponsored by Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), would create a Task Force to identify means to promote investment in infrastructure to expand food waste recovery, evaluate the current recovery of food waste in Maryland, identify opportunities for expansion, and more. The Task Force… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2015

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Nevada

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-nevada/

In May 2015, Nevada passed an internet sales tax fairness law with provisions modeled after New York’s and Colorado’s. The law creates a sales tax obligation if, as in New York’s law, a retailer generates more than $10,000 in annual sales via in-state affiliates, or if, as in Colorado’s law, a retailer is part of a group of business entities, of which one member has a physical presence in the state that is connected with the retailer. Continue reading

Rule filed under Banking, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 2, 2015

Public Banks: Bank of North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/bank-of-north-dakota-2/

North Dakota is the only state so far that has established a publicly owned bank. Founded in 1919, the Bank of North Dakota has a mission to “promote agriculture, commerce, and industry” and “be helpful to and assist in the development of… financial institutions… within the State.” BND functions primarily as a “banker’s bank” by providing loan participation and other support to local banks. Thanks in large part to BND, community banks are much more robust in North Dakota than in other states. North Dakota has 35 percent more banks per capita than South Dakota, and four times as many as the national average. While locally owned small and mid-sized banks account for only 30 percent of deposits nationally, in North Dakota they have 72 percent of the market. Continue reading