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Best City Policies of 2010

Alternet runs down a list of the five best policies enacted by cities in 2010.

The list includes a plan in Pittsburgh that requires developers seeking tax breaks to pay workers in their projects a living wage.

"To make sure that taxpayer investments would pay off for city residents, Pittsburgh passed a common-sense piece of legislation: if a developer wanted tax breaks for a new development, workers in the new taxpayer-subsidized hotels, supermarkets, or office buildings must be paid the industry-standard prevailing wage. In an affirmation of the law's successful implementation in Pittsburgh, the surrounding Allegheny County quickly adopted a similar law. For ensuring that public tax dollars create good jobs with decent wages, Pittsburgh's prevailing wage law earns a spot on our list of 2010's best public policies."

Full Story: Vision: The 5 Smartest Policies Enacted by American Cities in 2010

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