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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-death-grip-food-system-intensifying-poverty/

When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company’s efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 16 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/infographic-walmart-food/

Walmart now captures $1 of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. It’s on track to claim one-third of food sales within five years. Here’s a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system — triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2012

Orangeburg County, South Carolina, Moves Ahead With Stimulus-Funded Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/orangeburg-county-south-carolina-moves-ahead-stimulus-funded-broadband

Orangeburg County, South Carolina, received $18.65 million in broadband stimulus funds for high-speed broadband (which we previously noted). Unfortunately, AT&T and its friends at ALEC have since pushed through a state law to limit local authority in building networks. According to the Broadband Adoption Map from the Investigative Reporting Workshop of the American University School of… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2012

Asset Building – Individual Development Accounts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/asset-building-individual-development-accounts/

From the Homestead Act to the GI Bill to home mortgage deductions, Americans have recognized that it is good public policy to help people build assets. Like the distribution of assets in the U.S., however, the distribution of incentives is skewed. Ninety percent of the benefits of the two largest asset-building programs in the country… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2008

Individual Development Accounts – Connecticut

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/asset-building-individual-development-accounts/2074-2/

Connecticut’s legislature authorized an IDA program in June 2000, through Public Act 00-192.  The state Department of Labor manages a reserve fund of both state funds and private sector contributions, and certifies publicly and privately financed programs. Corporations that contribute to the state fund receive tax credits from the state. Donations to IDAs operated by non-profits are tax deductible. Community organizations administer the programs. Financial institutions provide accounts with no minimum balance or monthly fees, at least a market rate of interest, and assistance with the financial education aspects of the programs. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2006

Study Finds Wal-Mart Increases Poverty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/study-finds-walmart-increases-poverty/

A new study published this month in Social Science Quarterly has documented a correlation between Wal-Mart’s presence and higher poverty rates. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2004

Wal-Mart Hinders Poverty Reduction, Study Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmart-hinders-poverty-reduction-study-finds/

Counties that gained Wal-Mart stores during the 1990s fared worse in terms of family poverty rates than those that did not, according to a new study by researchers at Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development. Wal-Mart often characterizes its stores as beneficial to the working poor. Continue reading