Press Release: Comcast is spending scared in Seattle & Fort Collins local elections, facing threat of competition

Date: 2 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In our latest policy brief, we analyzed the actions of Internet Service Provider giant Comcast during this election season in two locations: Seattle, Wash. and Fort Collins, Colo. We found that Comcast is spending millions in the two locations to protect its monopoly.… Read More

Press Release: Cable Association Spends Big Cash in Local Colorado Ballot Referendum on Municipal Broadband

Date: 25 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Comcast is spending big to oppose broadband competition in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association is spending hundreds of thousands to deny residents a real choice in broadband Internet access by moving against a local pro-municipal broadband referendum.… Read More

Press Release: Mayor Hodges’ Budget Would Make Minneapolis a National Clean Energy Leader

Date: 12 Sep 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities across the country are grappling with extreme weather, rising sea levels, and an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of them have committed to address this crisis. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock roughly $3 million in new funding, leveraging more than $20 million in utility conservation funds, and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses.… Read More

Press Release: Amazon Angles for Subsidies in Search of Second HQ

Date: 7 Sep 2017 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking a location for a second North American headquarters, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, issued the following statement:

“Amazon’s announcement that it’s opening a search for a second North American headquarters is only the latest play in Amazon’s long-time strategy of financing its growth through public subsidies. Over the last decade, as Amazon has mastered this strategy, it’s come to employ site location experts and lobbyists in its efforts to pit local and state governments against each other for the largest subsidy package….… Read More

Press Release: Minneapolis Mayor’s Proposed Budget Unlocks $2M+ for Clean Energy

Date: 17 Aug 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A few weeks ago, cities across the country responded to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord with their own commitments. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses… Read More

Press Release: Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

Date: 16 Jun 2017 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement:

“Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods raises significant anti-competitive issues that should be deeply concerning to federal antitrust regulators and the public. This deal would allow Amazon to leverage the Whole Foods chain in ways that would expand its monopoly power in online commerce, including by integrating these locations into its rapidly growing logistics and delivery network….… Read More

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster recovery of food waste and other organic materials by expanding infrastructure in the state. The other will reduce contamination at compost sites by preventing the false labeling of plastics as compostable or biodegradable. In signing the bills, which were among dozens of environmental bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2017, Governor Hogan thanked the state’s elected officials for the real bipartisan effort in passing laws to “protect our soil, our air, and our water… and grow the investment in jobs in our state.”

HB171/SB99, the “Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” requires the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and report on existing compost manufacturing infrastructure in Maryland, as well as laws in other states that divert food scraps and organics, and to then recommend how to improve infrastructure and funding opportunities to expand composting in the Maryland. The bill requires the Department to consult with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with a number of ILSR’s allies including the MD-DC Compost Council, the American Biogas Council, the Maryland Horse Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council.… Read More

Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Date: 25 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state ALEC chair introduced HP 1040 (also cross filed as LD 1516) to advantage the big cable and telephone monopolies.… Read More

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