Survey Finds U.S. Mayors Constrained in Fight Against Inequality

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Mayor de Blasio hosts big-city mayors from around the country at Gracie Mansion in August 2014.

Jarrett Murphy

Mayor de Blasio hosts big-city mayors from around the country at Gracie Mansion in August 2014.

A new survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors of the chief executives of cities large and small finds common ground and shared challenges across a number of policy issues: infrastructure, policing, housing, finance and more.

It also finds that “While many cities have programs to address challenges faced specifically by low income residents, mayors believe inequality – the gap between rich and poor – is one area where they have limited control.”

Perhaps no mayor is more associated with the fight against inequality that Bill de Blasio, who built his 2013 campaign around it. From the outset, some observers have questioned how much progress the mayor could make against income polarization given the limited policy tools at his disposal.

Check out the rest of the survey results here.

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