The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) is a national hub, housed inside the Rockefeller Family Fund and created to reframe and respond to preemption as a threat to the advancement of local policies that promote economic, social and public health equity and justice. To meet that goal, the LSSC is developing, supporting and implementing nonpartisan strategies and tactics designed to educate the public and policymakers on negative preemption efforts, repeal existing laws that stifle local innovation and equity-promotion, inoculate local officials and government against attack and, where possible and appropriate, to affirm and strengthen home rule.
Right now, cities and their allies are fighting state interference issue-by-issue. But that is proving to be a losing strategy. This approach must be redefined and relaunched as a strategically-driven, nationally-coordinated effort to defend and advance local democracy that promotes improved well-being and equity. Only by transcending the present, iterative, issue-by-issue chipping away of local power and elevating the discussion to focus on the dangers of eroding local decision-making and the promise of local policy innovation will the abuse of preemption be curbed.
The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) was launched in October 2017 as a hub — aligning, supporting, and creating coalitional opportunities, communications strategies, and legal research and technical assistance. Ultimately, the LSSC will help elevate and reframe the conversation about local policy innovation, educate the public and policymakers, and create legal, communications and organizing capacity at the local, state, and national levels to counter the threats posed by preemption to the health and well-being of local communities.