This week’s Weekly Picks details the myriad fights between cities and distant, consolidated industries such as investor-owned electric utilities, immigration and customs enforcement (ICE), and cryptocurrency miners. Other stories detail what localities can do in response to China’s ban on U.S. recycling scrap as well as how to build a smart city.… Read More
Berkeley, California wins a court battle to protect their historic Post Office buildings; protections for gig economy workers are passed by the California Supreme Court; a new report elucidates the ways that charter schools are sucking the resources dry from public schools; and finally, Robert Reich’s video on the monopolization of everything in our economy.… Read More
The sharing economy is taking over every aspect of our economy, whether it’s Uber, Airbnb, or Amazon — each one of these companies is impacting workers and the vitality of our local economies in increasingly alarming ways. In this Weekly Picks issue, we detail this trend (and even more) on these topics.… Read More
In celebration of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s birthday, we are giving a little history on Mayday, the celebration of new life that has taken on a “new” prominence as a prominent labor rights’ day celebration.… Read More
Privatization is impacting the United States in nearly every sector, as ILSR co-founder David Morris indicates in this week’s Weekly Picks: Michigan’s prison food, Chicago’s public school sanitation, and Iowa’s Medicaid privatization is an example of the kinds of things that happen when you take the public incentive away from doing adequate work. Much more inside…… Read More
The latest issue of the Weekly Picks from the Desk of David Morris details the future of our conversations on Big Data; how our Founding Fathers thought about the accumulation of wealth; corporate complaints about their tax “burden;” and local policy impact on public health.… Read More
In this first issue of the Weekly Picks from the Desk of David Morris, ILSR’s co-founder details stories of public library system from Dayton, Ohio; features the National League of Cities’ report on state level preemption; an innovative nonprofit in San Francisco’s interaction with the immigrant population; and much more…… Read More
Number of years the DOD has failed to satisfy a 1993 Congress mandate that all federal agencies be audited: 35
Amount of military spending that could not be account for as of 2016: $6.5 trillion.… Read More
Percent of population making under $50,000 in 2014: 48 percent.
Percent of those voting making under $50,000: 36 percent.
Percent of population making over $100,000: 22 percent.
Percent of those voting making over $100,000: 30 percent.… Read More