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SUBJECT: Mayor Ed Murray urges income inequality focus for USCM

2/28/2014  5:30:00 PM
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Mayor Ed Murray urges income inequality focus for USCM
Murray meets with incoming President of US Conference of Mayors

SEATTLE (Feb. 28, 2014)Mayor Ed Murray met today with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is the incoming President of the US Conference of Mayors (USCM).  The two Mayors previously met at the USCM Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2014, and today they discussed the growing problems of income inequality and affordability in both cities.

“Making Seattle an affordable city is one of my top priorities,” said Murray. “Mayor Johnson was interested in the approach we’ve taken and how our process is going so far.”

USCM is a nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. USCM’s mission is to promote the development of effective national urban and suburban policy, to strengthen federal-city relationships, and to create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

During their discussion, the Mayors talked about the possibility of establishing a special task force to focus on income inequality, affordability, housing, as well as the issue of universal preschool, which both Mayors agreed is a critical strategy to close the income gap in the country.

Murray will have an opportunity next week to learn more about innovative approaches other urban cities are taking to implement universal preschool on a tour of Boston, Jersey City, and Washington, D.C. traveling with members of the Seattle City Council and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Please see attached photo of Mayors Murray and Johnson during the visit.


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