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Chairman's Council for Prosperity Initiatives - Legislation

The Chairman’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives was established as a forum for ideas to emerge and for policies to be discussed. As such, the members of the Council heard 29 different presentations on a range of topics relative to the prosperity agenda. Ideas for legislation emerged from the process and legislation was properly introduced through the standing committees of the Board.

Below you will find listed policy items PDF that originated, in part, pursuant to the deliberations of the Council:

  • Ban the Box
    Eliminating questions about criminal history from County employment applications
    (Legislative File #152918)
  • Social Equity Statement
    Requiring a statement analyzing the possible non-monetary benefits and burdens of any ordinance prior to its passage
    (Legislative File #152162)
  • Homeownership Surtax 
    Establishing a homebuyer loan program using documentary surtax funds
    (Legislative File #152516)
  • Community-Based Prosperity Strategy
    Commissioning a study from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center on establishing a community-based prosperity strategy for Miami-Dade County based on certain nationally recognized strategies
    (Legislative File #151021)
  • Residents First Training Employment Program
    A program to promote employment and skill-training opportunities in the construction, demolition and alteration and/or repair of public buildings
    (Legislative File #151469)
  • Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination for Women
    Adopting the spirit underlying the principles of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, an international treaty
    (Legislative File #151069)
  • Workforce Housing Rent Policy
    Ordinance amending the Workforce Housing Development program
    (Legislative File #151554)
  • BankOn Miami
    Partnership involving the United Way and more than a dozen financial institutions to help low-income families in Miami-Dade County keep more of what they earn by steering them into the financial mainstream through second-chance bank accounts, financial coaching services and other resources (Legislative File #152270)
  • Bulk Transit Passes 
    Establishing a business-friendly web-based program for the purchase of bulk transit passes by area businesses in exchange for the continuation of complimentary transit passes for City Year workers (Legislative File #150996)
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund 
    Establishing a total set-aside of 50 percent of the money deposited in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to meet the housing needs of very low income and extremely low income persons or households (Legislative File #152085)
  • Smoke-Free Policy for All Multi-Family Public Housing
    Developing a smoke-free policy for all multi-family public housing and affordable housing developments owned and operated by Miami-Dade County
    (Legislative File #152082)
  • New Enterprise-Zone Type Program
    Resolution urging the state to enact legislation to replace the Florida Enterprise Zone Program with a new financial incentive program that would encourage private sector businesses to locate or expand in areas identified as economically disadvantaged and in need of economic revitalization
    (Legislative File #152121)
  • Children’s Savings Accounts
    Urging Congress and the Florida Legislature to enact legislation creating taxpayer-supported Children’s Savings Accounts as a way to encourage families to save for post-secondary educational expenses and other limited uses
    (Legislative File #152812)
    (Legislative File #161374)
    (Legislative File #161375)
  • Eliminate Five-Year Waiting Period for Florida Kidcare
    Resolution urging the state to enact legislation to eliminate the five-year waiting period for lawfully residing immigrant children to become eligible for the Florida Kidcare program
    (Legislative File #152994)
  • Telecommuting  (tabled)
    Resolution authorizing directors and supervisors of County personnel who do not report to the mayor to allow employees to telecommute under certain circumstances, and requesting the mayor to advance telecommuting arrangements for County employees who report to the mayor
    (Legislative File #160057)
  • Social Impact Bonds
    Resolution commissioning a feasibility study on using social impact bonds as a mechanism to finance social service programs
    (Legislative File #152998)
  • Living Wage Health Benefits
    Increasing the health benefit differential used to calculate the County’s Living Wage from $1.83 per hour to $2.89 per hour
    (Legislative File #160835)
  • Flextime for County Employees
    Resolution commissioning a study on allowing flextime for county employees
    (Legislative File #160066)
  • Alternative Credit Reporting System 
    Resolution commissioning a study on the use of services that provide an alternative credit reporting system for residents in non-credit-building categories, including those where bill payment reporting helps to build credit as a way to provide an additional avenue to home ownership
    (Legislative File #161582)
  • Summer Youth Employment
    Providing $2.45 million for the Summer Youth Internship Program
    (Legislative File #160878)
  • Small Business Development Center at FIU
    Resolution providing at least $300,000 of proceeds from the local business tax to support expanded services for small businesses in the community to be provided by the Small Business Development Center at Florida International University
    (Legislative File #161064)
  • Transit Discount
    Providing a reduced fare for employed individuals who make between 150 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level
    (Legislative File #160723)
  • Transit Bus Fare Cap
    Providing that no fare for bus service shall exceed the fare for Metrorail service, with the exception of intercounty express bus routes
    (Legislative File #161336)
  • Paid Sick Leave for Certain County Contractors  (Withdrawn)
    Ordinance establishing a paid sick leave requirement for certain County service contracts
    (Legislative File #160443)
  • Prosperity Initiatives Study Report
    Feasibility study on a community-based prosperity strategy for Miami-Dade County
    (Legislative File #161311)
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Formula Allocation
    Resolution requiring that 10 percent of projected increases in general fund revenues be allocated each year up to a cap of $10 million for the purpose of depositing additional funding in the affordable housing trust fund
    (Legislative File #161594)
  • Airport Living Wage for Concessionaires (Withdrawn)
    Resolution establishing minimum wage requirements for airport concession agreements
    (Legislative File #162494)
  • Community Land Trust Pilot Project
    Establishing a pilot community land trust project with the goal of producing at least 100 units of affordable housing within five years
    (Legislative File #161869)
  • Mandatory Workforce Housing Program
    Ordinance creating a mandatory workforce housing development program to provide opportunities for residents whose incomes are not greater than 140 percent of area median income to secure housing that is decent and affordable
    (Legislative File #162554)
  • Minimum Wage
    Ordinance establishing a minimum wage for employees of certain county contractors and subcontractors
    (Legislative File #162481)
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