Our goal is to foster greater regional identity and cooperation, and encourage a movement towards greater economic and social integration. Through opinion letters, press releases, and the endorsement of like-minded candidates for political office, our goal is to emerge as an influential advocate of the policies we believe will enable a smooth transition to the emerging realities of 21st century North America, and make the Northeast more prosperous and socially content than ever.
This website is intended as a call to action among the region’s citizenry. In it, we advocate a series of reforms and policy initiatives based on the regionalization of the country’s political leadership and bureaucratic administration. As in business, politics operates best when fitted to proper “economies of scale". An emerging reality in the United States is that its immense size and ever-increasing regional diversity have overtaken its ability to produce any national consensus on areas of political, economic, and social importance.
We view regional diversity in the United States as one of the many great attributes of the US. What we find disturbing, however, is the inability at the national level to redress many of the social and environmental ills facing us as both a distincitive region and as Americans in general. We believe that a regional approach to various issues is one answer to circumventing the inability of the US legislative and executive branches to address and correct.
Issues of regional importance include:
- Building high-speed, commuter, and light rail systems linking cities and suburbs throughout the Northeast. A major effort in this regard will help us address issues like
- redressing increased traffic congestion and gridlock
- making transportation and mobility available to all socio-economic groups
- reduce harmful air and water pollutants
- reduce the region's contribution to the earth's greenhouse effect
- Affordable health coverage for all
- Maryland's law to force Wal-Mart and other large corporations to provide health coverage to their employees is one possible model despite the state's Supreme Court ruling striking down the law.
- The Maryland Legislature felt that Wal-Mart was forcing the state to "subsidize" the multi-billion dollar company by providing emergency health care services to its employees.
- Another alternative may be a regional "one payer" system modeled after Canada or countries in the European Union. The several states of the Northeast would pay collectively into the system.
- Urban Structure
- The Northeast is unique in the United States. It is the most densely-populated region of the country. Its population density, particularly in "Megalopolis", is similar to much of Western Europe. Unlike Europe, however, our urban structure is marked by inefficient leap-frog suburban sprawl. This continuing but unsustainable trend leaves our many cities with dwindling tax revenues and increasing demands on social services.
- We propose "urban growth boundaries" modeled after Portland, Oregon, to ensure fiscal solvency of our cities and make our proposed rail systems more efficient and effective.
- We propose the mergence of cities and surrounding counties and townships modeled after Indianpolis, Indiana and Jacksonville, Florida. This is another way to ensure fiscal solvency and enable our communities to respond to social needs.