Posted in Arizona Arizona Legislature Education funding News Public Policy

Arizona education funding may be sent out of state

If a few Arizona senators have their way we could be sending our education tax dollars out of state. Senate Bill 1224 would be the only voucher program that designates money for out of state schools…

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Labor Public Policy

Trump revokes bargaining for Federal workers and civilian unions. Cites “emergency”

  By Meteor Staff Feb 21, 2020 President Donald Trump has officially granted the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions representing some 750,000 workers. Gutting…

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Posted in Ethics News Podcast Pro Publica Public Policy

How much has the government spent at Trump’s properties? It won’t say.

“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told “Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.” by Ilya Marritz, WNYC Feb. 19, 4 a.m. EST This month, The Washington…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Business Courts/justice Economy News Pro Publica Public Policy

Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead the Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in Analysis Business Health Health Insurance Public Policy

To boost bottom lines, Single-Payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News February 6, 2020 Providence, R.I. — Last winter, James Mark was a 2018 James Beard Award finalist. A few months later, both GQ and Bon Appétit ranked Big King, his newest…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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The Bears Ears
Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné First Nations Hopi News Public Lands Public Policy Ute Ute Mountain Ute Zuni Pueblo

Bears Ears: what’s the rumble about?

Bears Ears is the first tribally requested national monument and has been home to Hopi, Diné, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni peoples since time immemorial, it was designated as a national monument in 2016 to…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Utilities

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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Posted in 2020 Census DACA News Public Policy Reveal

Fear of a census undercount

“I know for a fact that a lot of community members wanted to come today, but they are scared,” said City Councilmember Luis Chavez, who gave a speech about the importance of a full 2020 census…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Health Care Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Choking on the Doughnut Hole: Medicare Part D disasters

Little Rock      Driving through Mississippi back and forth on my regular route from New Orleans to Greenville to Little Rock and then back again, when I hit the long rural stretches since we belong to the…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Posted in Climate change Environment Environmental Justice News Public Policy

Greta Thunberg needs no defense: why we must keep Climate Striking

by Massimo Paciotto Biggers , Jeff Biggers Common Dreams While President Trump dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and scientists as “perennial prophets of doom” at the World World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate strikers in drought-stricken…

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Posted in Child Welfare Common Dreams economic justice Health Health Care News Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘He gave away the game’: doctors condemn Trump threat to slash Medicare funding

“We’ve long suspected he would try to gut Medicare in a second term.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer An advocacy group composed of doctors and medical professionals on Wednesday joined the chorus denouncing President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice News Off the wire Politics Public Policy Science world Youth

‘Act as if you loved your children above all else’: Greta Thunberg demands Davos elite immediately halt all fossil fuel investments

“I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do, but don’t worry—it’s fine—I’ve done this before and I can assure you: it doesn’t lead to anything.”…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing National News Off the wire Politics Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The cynicism of emergency aid for Puerto Rico

Newark    There seem to be no limits to the vengeful pettiness of President Trump and his administration.  Nowhere is that clearer than looking at the deliberate obstacles placed in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery –…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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