Posted in Indigenous News Infrastructure Internet

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

by Camila Pedrosa, Cronkite News January 20, 2022 Washington – Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week the federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue. Many tribes did…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke Workers

Lessons in Starbucks rising

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2022     Marble Falls     You have to keep these things in perspective of course. Winning union elections in two of Starbucks 9000 stores is not exactly an example of…

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Stewart Acuff of Jefferson County, West Virginia and Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People's Campaign hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax

‘Can’t afford’ Build Back Better? US billionaires saw $1 trillion wealth boom in 2021 alone

A new analysis shows that Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed tax on billionaires “would be more than enough to cover the expansion of the child tax credit in the Build Back Better Act.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Forget Manchin. Sanders says entire Democratic Party must show ‘guts’ against corporate interests

The focus of the party, says the Vermont senator, must be “to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something.” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams December 22, 2021 Stressing a need to…

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts arrive to hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted in Analysis Labor Restart 2021

UMW coal miners’ union rebukes Manchin for effort to kill Build Back Better

“Manchin has lost the coal miners with this latest betrayal,” said one labor reporter.   by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 21, 2021 The push for passage of the Build Back Better Act got a…

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"If you decide to return with your packages it will be viewed as you refusing your route, which will ultimately end with you not having a job come tomorrow morning," an Amazon boss told a delivery driver minutes before a tornado hit Edwardsville, Illinois on December 10, 2021. (Photo: Athena Coalition/Twitter)
Posted in Investigations News Worker Safety

Amid deadly tornado, texts show Amazon threatened to fire driver if packages not delivered

“I’m literally stuck in this damn van without a safe place to go with a tornado on the ground!” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, December 17, 2021 More damning information about last week’s deadly workplace…

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Starbucks employees celebrate after voting to unionize on December 9, 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo: Eleonore Sens/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in News Workers

Starbucks union drive spreads to Mass, Ariz,

‘Next!’ “We want the company to succeed,” organizers of the Mesa unionization effort said, “and we want our work lives to be the best they can be.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams Friday, December 17, 2021…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Build Back Better verges on collapse as Manchin attempts to kill child tax credit

“Put the bill on the floor and make him explain that he voted it down because he wanted to cut all of the money for families with children,” suggested one progressive commentator. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in Columns Credit Debt Wade Rathke

All-cash companies. Too good to be true?

Even if these companies are not intrinsically predatory, their play for the most part seems to be using their databases to get around the exorbitant real estate agent, appraisal, and closing fees, and I suspect collect…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks to reporters as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in News Restart 2021 Wealth Tax

Sinema targeted over tax break for rich

  “It’s time for her to decide who she works for: Arizonans, or private equity billionaires.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 7, 2021 A group of wealthy investors and business leaders who support progressive…

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A temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Salt Lake City
Posted in Investigations Safety Net Utah

Utah makes welfare so hard to get, some feel they must join the LDS church to get aid

Utah’s safety net for the poor is so intertwined with the LDS Church that individual bishops often decide who receives assistance. Some deny help unless a person goes to services or gets baptized. by Eli Hager,…

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Consumers shop in a Target store on September 28, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth

As executives hike prices, US corporations rake in biggest profits since 1950

“Prices are high,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, “because corporations are raising them—so they can keep paying themselves with ever-larger executive bonuses and stock buybacks.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams November 30, 2021 New data released by…

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Posted in Columns Health Insurance Housing Wade Rathke

Suspicious of fixes for affordable housing and health care

by Wade Rathke November 19, 2021 New Orleans    A headline that promises to offer a “fix” for those of us who want affordable housing and healthcare has to rate as a “must read” in my…

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Anuj Shrestha, special to ProPublica Environment The Celebrity-Backed Green “Fintech” Company That Isn’t as Green as It Seems Aspiration is among a group of companies that provide banking and financial services, and promise to help the environment. But so far its marketing is greener than its reality.
Posted in Banks Environment

The celebrity-backed green “Fintech” company that isn’t as green as it seems

Aspiration is among a group of companies that provide banking and financial services, and promise to help the environment. But so far its marketing is greener than its reality. by Carson Kessler November 17, 2021 You…

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Right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has expressed opposition to a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would incentivize both fair working conditions at auto plants and the manufacturing and purchase of electric vehicles. (Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change News Restart 2021

Manchin leads charge against Biden’s electric vehicle tax credit

“Manchin thinks being pro-labor is un-American.” by Julia Colney, Common Dreams  Monday, November 15, 2021  Advocates for both workers’ rights and climate policy are condemning Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest statements opposing provisions in the Build Back…

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Ross, a resident of the Castaway Inn in downtown Reno, was forced to move out after the motel was bought by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs. Jacobs plans to demolish the Castaway.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness News

Reno developer plans to demolish motel that serves as housing lifeline

Jeffrey Jacobs has been buying and demolishing Reno motels for years. He promises the low-income tenants who live there he’ll find them a better place. Displaced residents of the Castaway Inn paint a fuller picture of…

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Bricks piled in a dirt lot where the Town House Motor Lodge once stood near the Sands Regency Hotel Casino in downtown Reno. The casino is owned by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness Real estate

He Tore Down Motels Where Poor Residents Lived During a Housing Crisis. City Leaders Did Nothing.

by Anjeanette Damon, photography by David Calvert, special to ProPublica November 12, 2021 Co-published with Reno Gazette Journal  For most of his life, Ernest Block has managed to stay one step ahead of homelessness. When he…

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Alex Bandoni/ProPublica. Source Images: Getty Images Education The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go? The Education Department’s limited tracking of $190 billion in pandemic support funds sent to schools has left officials in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students.
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Education Restart 2020

The Federal Government gave billions to America’s schools for COVID-19 relief. Where did the money go?

The Education Department’s limited tracking of $190 billion in pandemic support funds sent to schools has left officials in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students. by Annie Waldman and Bianca…

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House members worked into the early morning Saturday to pass the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and move forward on a separate $1.85 trillion social spending package that Democratic leaders hope to deliver before Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)
Posted in Arizona Infrastructure News

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

by Diannie Chavez, Kimberly Silverio-Bautista and Ulysse Bex, Cronkite News November 6, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill,…

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Posted in Corporate Influence News Politics Restart 2021

West Virginia constituents decry ‘Immorality’ of Joe Manchin

“West Virginia has been locked into an economy that forces workers into low-wage jobs with no hope for advancement, and after decades of this our hope is dwindling,” said one West Virginian. “The cuts that Sen….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks with reporters after the Senate Democratic policy luncheon in the Capitol on July 13, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Medicare News Restart 2021

‘Bottom Line,’ says Bernie Sanders, deal must include Medicare expansion, lower drug prices

“That’s what the American people want.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Tuesday, October 26, 2021 As congressional leadership pushes Democrats to “act like we are winning” even as a few corporate-backed party members and business lobbyists…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Safety Net

The pandemic has made it harder for one in three Americans to obtain healthy, affordable food

by Sheril Kirshenbaum, Michigan State University and Douglas Buhler, Michigan State University October 26, 2021 COVID-19 has made food access more challenging for many communities. In Michigan State University’s Fall 2021 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll,…

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Posted in Corporate Taxes Restart 2021 Wealth Tax

As ‘unhinged’ Sinema blocks corporate rate hike, demand grows for billionaire tax

“It seems truly unhinged to look at a country full of working people struggling to get by… and decide that it’s more important to preserve low tax rates for billionaires and corporations than it is to…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Restart 2021

Sinema kills Democrats’ plan to raise corporate tax rate

Although “all of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda can be paid for by fairer taxes on the wealthy and corporations,” noted Americans for Tax Fairness, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to support tax hikes on the…

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