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Posted in News Social Security

House Dems to Pelosi: hold vote for bill expanding Social Security

“It is Congress’ responsibility to ensure that Social Security’s benefits are protected and improved,” says a letter to the speaker. “It’s time we deliver.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams May 26, 2022 Democratic leaders of three…

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Posted in Housing

How your shadow credit score could decide whether you get an apartment

The vast tenant screening industry is subject to less regulation than credit scoring agencies, even though experts warn that algorithms could introduce racial or other illegal biases that can prevent people from getting housing. by Erin…

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Posted in Analysis Taxes

Senate GOP Agenda Would Hike Taxes on Poorest 40% by Average of $1,000

By contrast, the plan unveiled by Republican Sen. Rick Scott would not increase taxes on the top 1% by a single penny. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Monday, March 7, 2022 The policy agenda that Republican…

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Posted in Homelessness Investigations Pro Publica

In San Francisco, hundreds of homes sit vacant

In spite of a growing Department of Homelessness with an annual budget of $598 million, eligible people still wait months or even years after being approved for assisted housing. Meanwhile, hundreds of units remain unused. by…

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Posted in Child Welfare Op/Ed

Welfare is no substitute for a child tax credit

Some in Congress say the child tax credit isn’t needed because Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a success. Our reporting found it’s marked by repeated failures. by Eli Hager, ProPublica     Those in Congress…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Safety Net

Tlaib, Jones bill could cut US child poverty 2/3

“With the Senate failing to extend the CTC, we must do more to protect our young people,” said Rep. Mondaire Jones. “By creating a universal, monthly child allowance, the End Child Poverty Act will do exactly…

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Posted in Homelessness Housing News

Reno Seeks to purchase motels as affordable housing instead of letting developers demolish them

The mayor of Reno did little to stop the razing of motels that housed low-income residents or to replace lost units. Following a ProPublica investigation, that may change. by Anjeanette Damon     For more than…

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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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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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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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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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Illustration by Leland Foster, special to ProPublica
Posted in Hospitals Investigations Safety Net

St. Jude hoards billions while patient families drain their savings

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital promises not to bill families. But the cost of having a child at the hospital for cancer care leaves some families so strapped for money that parents share tips on spending…

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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 Columns Wade Rathke

Emergency broadband now

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2021 New Orleans    One of the pandemic programs that may be cruising below the radar, but which could be a critical step on lowering the digital divide, is the FCC’s…

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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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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) hobnobs with attendees of a May 17, 2019 event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Dark Money News Politics

While roadblocking Party agenda, Sinema absconds to Europe for fundraising

“She might as well start fundraising for McConnell at this point.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, October 14, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s popular legislative agenda hanging in the balance largely due to her obstruction,…

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Low-wage workers, economists, faith leaders, and a progressive lawmaker spoke about Democrats' budget reconciliation package outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2021. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Workers

Essential, low-wage workers share why they need reconciliation package

‘Please Help Us’ “We’ve heard the voices of the poor. We’ve heard the voices crying out, demanding justice. All I want to know right now, Joe Manchin, is which side are you on?” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Mean-tested versus entitlements

by Wade Rathke October 10, 2021 Pearl River    I hate being one of those “I told you so” people, but anyone listening knows we predicted the “deal” on the social services infrastructure package would come…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote on May 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in News Restart 2021

‘We had a deal’: Warren joins Sanders and house progressives in fight for Biden’s agenda

“The agreement from the beginning was that all the pieces would move together,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. “I don’t want to see that deal broken.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Sen. Elizabeth…

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Demonstrators protest for lower prescription drug costs in front of the New York Stock Exchange on November 14, 2019. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Health Care News

Sanders says there’s ‘no excuse’ for any Democrat to oppose lowering drug prices

“Now is the time for Congress to show courage and stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, September 16, 2021 After three House Democrats voted against a key…

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Posted in Climate change Climate Justice Water

Postcard from Thermal: surviving the climate gap in Eastern Coachella Valley

In the climate crisis, it’s possible to live in the same place but inhabit different worlds. by Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons, ProPublica August 19, 2021   The first thing to know about Thermal, California,…

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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News Poor Peoples Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign to march against Manchin obstructionism in West Virginia

‘We Are Coming’ “Manchin’s positions are wrong, constitutionally inconsistent, historically inaccurate, morally indefensible, economically insane, and politically unacceptable,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. by Brett Wilkins, Staff Writer June 8, 2021    …

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