Wetlands, nature’s sponge

by Public Works on January 29, 2014 in Changemakers

We were thrilled to see language that we worked on with a partner organization make its way onto this permanent sign in Oregon.


metaphor wetlands - Metro ORThis language on wetlands preservation replaces any negative images one might have of “swamps” with metaphors that more accurately capture the important protective roles that wetlands play in the environment – as a sponge and a filter.


A path forward for California

by Public Works on January 29, 2014 in Changemakers

Chris Hoene, the Executive Director of the California Budget Project, recently wrote a terrific op-ed for the Sacramento Bee. It’s aspirational while also offering practical solutions for the future. Here’s an excerpt: “But as we look forward, it’s time to … Continue reading

Residents of Jackson, MS approve higher taxes

by Public Works on January 29, 2014 in Changemakers

At least one community out there is connecting the dots between the things paid for by taxes and the community’s quality of life and economy. That community is Jackson, Mississippi, where local residents took the lead in explaining to their … Continue reading

A Tax System That Works for All Arkansans

by Public Works on October 28, 2013 in Changemakers

Talking about tax fairness without triggering all-taxes-are-bad thinking is tricky. That’s why we admired this new set of materials (press release, report, news clip) from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. In promoting its new report about taxes in Arkansas, … Continue reading

Making the Case for Public Investment in North Carolina

by Public Works on October 25, 2013 in Changemakers

Public Works began working with leaders and organizations in North Carolina shortly after its founding in 2004. Public Works partnered with the NC Justice Center and Blueprint North Carolina to host several training’s over a five year period. So when … Continue reading

Montana is a great place to live and work

by Public Works on October 24, 2013 in Changemakers

Montana is a great place to live and work. The Big Sky. Glacier National Park. Flathead Lake. While its natural resources are part of what makes Montana great, so too are the strong, vibrant communities that dot the state. The … Continue reading

Explaining the Impact of Tax Cuts in Idaho

by Marcia Kinsey on October 18, 2013 in Changemakers

In the 2013 Legislative Session, Idaho legislators debated repealing the personal property business tax. If their proposal passed, businesses would have seen a $140 million decrease in their taxes and their commitment to supporting Idaho’s public systems. Meanwhile public education, … Continue reading