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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 6, 2016

Albuquerque Extends a Helping Hand to the Homeless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/albuquerque-extends-a-helping-hand-to-the-homeless/

While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day. Twice a week, a city van rolls through downtown Albuquerque, N.M., stopping at popular panhandling locations, Governing magazine reports. The driver asks panhandlers if they want a day job. Work pays $9 an hour,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 6, 2016

Michigan Denies Free Speech to Public Officials

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/michigan-denies-free-speech-to-public-officials/

On December 28th at 10:52PM, a few minutes before the New Year holiday recess, without public notice or hearings, the Michigan legislature, on a straight party line vote passed a law prohibiting any public official from using “Public funds or resources for a communication” about a local ballot question within 60 days of the election…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2015

Obama’s Two Mistakes That Lost the Country

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/obamas-two-mistakes-that-lost-the-country/

Early this year President Obama spoke before the Cleveland Club. After the speech 7th grader Alura Winfrey inquired, “If you could go back to the first day of your first term what advice would you give yourself?” Obama reflected for a moment and then blithely explained he would have worked harder to sell his economic… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2015

The People United

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-people-united/

New York makes it hard for citizens to influence policy.  They cannot put an issue on the state ballot no matter how many signatures they gather. And although the state Constitution has a home rule provision, cities and counties lack authority to undertake some of the most basic initiatives. Even mighty New York City, with… Continue reading

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Featured filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2015

Sweden Experiments With A 6-Hour Work Day

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sweden-experiments-with-a-6-hour-work-day/

Swedish experiments with a 6-hour day find it costs a little more but workers are less stressed, more energetic, happier and more productive. Plus it is a terrific job generator for the nation as a whole. One’s reaction to these findings depends on one’s ideology. When the left governs cities the experiments blossom but when… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2015

Mississippi Schools Would Save $107 Million By Using Public Employees, Not Private Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mississippi-schools-would-save-107-million-by-using-public-employees-not-private-contractors/

A recent report by the Mississippi State Auditor finds that K-12 schools would have an additional $107 million to spend on classrooms if they stopped contracting out services and instead provided them in-house with their own public employees. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2015

Cities Taking Back Their Water Systems

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cities-taking-back-their-water-systems/

Wall Street continues to promote the privatization of municipal water systems here and abroad.  But cities are fighting back. In the past 15 years 180 cities in 35 countries have returned control of their water supply to municipalities. The remunicipalization movement is alive and well.@truthout   Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2015

Texas: Neutering Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/texas-neutering-democracy/

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. In a recent decision, three of the five Justice majority bluntly declared. “(O)ur federal and state charters are not, contrary to popular belief, about ‘democracy’.” They are about “liberty’s primacy”. The Justices concluded the Texas Constitution gives primacy to liberty because of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2015

The Government Is About To Give Prisoners a Fair Deal When They Call Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-government-is-about-to-give-prisoners-a-fair-deal-when-they-call-home/

Most jail and prisons phones are owned by profit making corporations that charge unconscionable (dare I say criminal) rates as high as $1 per minute for phone calls.  The federal government is about to change the rules. Later in October the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to slash the average telephone rate by as… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2015

Forty Years Ago We Deregulated the Airlines. Now We Pay The Price

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/forty-years-ago-we-deregulated-the-airlines-now-were-paying-the-price/

We should remember that it was liberals, not conservatives who deregulated the airlines.  The theory was that deregulation would unleash vigorous competition, better service, more airlines and lower prices.  None of that occurred.  Instead we now have fewer airlines controlling our airports and skies than we had under regulation.  And things are getting worse.  At… Continue reading