New Research Finds Water Privatization Raises Rates

Food & Water Watch has issued a thoroughly researched report on water privatization. A survey of more than 200 public and private water systems found that private suppliers charge significantly more than public systems. The 10 largest initiatives increased water rates  on average 15 percent a year after privatization. After local governments brought water systems back … Read More

Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand On The Proposed Trade Pact?

In early February 12 nations, including the U.S. signed the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This trade agreement would diminish U.S. sovereignty, undermine democracy and create a new world court where corporations can sue governments and corporate lawyers decide the cases. The TPP now goes to Congress for a vote. If you want to know about … Read More

Downton Abbey and Obamacare

Date: 16 Feb 2016 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the rightly acclaimed tv series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton’s Cottage Hospital. The show makes the issue mostly personal with delightfully snippy exchanges between Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham who speaks for a way … Read More

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, higher … Read More

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. The … Read More

Obama’s Two Mistakes That Lost the Country

Date: 29 Dec 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 18, 2015, President Obama addressed the Cleveland Club. After his speech a 7th grader asked him, “If you could go back to the first day of your first term what advice would you give yourself?” Better that she would have inquired, “Given that the country was lost on your watch, what would you have done differently?” … Read More

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 penny-wise, … Read More

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