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With contributions from a range of community voices, Seizing the Moment presents concrete ideas for building back better from the pandemic. Some propose ideas in bills already filed with the Legislature, while others are still taking shape and may need refinement before moving forward. There's also some productive tension across proposals, giving readers an opportunity to weigh them against each other. Ultimately, though, they share a common goal – foregrounding justice and equity and ensuring that our region is more resilient when the next crisis hits.

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arrowPublic Transit: Transform Streets with Dual Side Door Buses

By Julia Wallerce and Ari Ofsevit, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy


arrowRegional Rail: Transform Transit to Support Equity

By Jarred Johnson, TransitMatters, and Luc Schuster, Boston Indicators

arrowTraffic: Bend the Rush-Hour Curve with Congestion Pricing

By Chris Dempsey, Transportation for Massachusetts

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arrowHousing: Get the Rulemaking Right on New MBTA Upzoning Law

By Luc Schuster, Boston Indicators, and Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Abundant Housing Massachusetts

arrowAffordable Housing: Convert and Acquire Buildings COVID Has Made Available

By Nicholas Kelly, Research Consultant, and Soni Gupta, Neighborhoods & Housing at TBF

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arrowJob Quality: Eliminate the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers

By Jéssica Oliveira, Matahari Workers Center

arrowJob Training: Fund Rapid Reemployment for a Just and Equitable Recovery

By Kathie Mainzer, Workforce Solutions Group; Tonja Mettlach, Massachusetts Workforce Association, and Anne Calef, Boston Indicators

arrowBusiness Equity: Eliminate Racial Disparities in Government Contracting

By Segun Idowu, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, and Trevor Mattos, Boston Indicators

arrowUnemployment: Make Unemployment Insurance Equitable for the Long Haul

By Marie-Frances Rivera and Phineas Baxandall, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

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arrowChild Care: A Big Investment Today for an Equitable Economy Tomorrow

By Titus DosRemedios and Marisa Fear, Strategies for Children


arrowFood Insecurity: Make School Breakfast and Lunch Free for All

By Erin McAleer, Project Bread

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arrowGovernance: Launch Regional Governance for Six City Cluster by the Mystic River

By Amy Dain, Dain Research

arrowGovernance: Enhance Public Health Infrastructure through Regionalization and Shared Services

By Lizzi Weyant, Mark Fine, and Barry Keppard, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Kristina Kimani, Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)

arrowFood Insecurity: Use Guaranteed Income to Support Vulnerable Residents

By Jill Shah and Ross Wilson, Shah Family Foundation

arrowPhilanthropy: Make Grantmaking More Responsive and Community-Informed

By Elizabeth Pauley, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation