States and localities should carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the incentives they offer to attract or retain businesses.
When considering bond financing, state and local policymakers should:
Public retirement systems should establish a maximum vesting period of five years for DB plans and one year for employers’ matching contr
States and localities should move toward full funding of their retirement systems.
Policymakers should adopt minimum service standards and consumer protections to ensure fair terms and conditions.
Policymakers should ensure network reliability and resiliency for utility and telecommunications services.
Policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Regulators and lawmakers should ensure that consumers with low incomes can afford their utilities. This includes telecommunications, energy, and water.
Policymakers should adopt programs to help consumer groups take part in regulatory proceedings. They should fully fund these programs.