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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, 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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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

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

Norway Owns Its Oil. Canada Doesn’t. And That Has Made All The Difference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/norway-owns-its-oil-canada-doesnt-and-that-has-made-all-the-difference/

Canada and Norway produce about the same amount of oil and gas. Through a combination of public ownership and taxes Norway captures about 85 percent of the net revenue from sales. As a result its 25 year old Sovereign Fund has $1.1 trillion in assets that has been used to make Norway one 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 9, 2015

Four Strategies For Reducing Ridiculously Inflated Drug Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/four-strategies-for-reducing-ridiculously-inflated-drug-prices/

American consumers pay hundreds of billion of dollars in inflated pharmaceutical prices because drug companies are legal monopolies, a result of current patent laws. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research evaluates 4 separate strategies for slashing the cost of drugs and seeing drugs as a common good. Continue reading

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VT blazes trail for single payer health insurance.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/vt-blazes-trail-single-payer-health-insurance/

A single-payer system is one in which the government, rather than private insurance companies, pays all health care costs. Some on the left have long harbored hopes for a national single-payer system, but the odds that Congress would ever extinguish the private insurance industry have never been anything but long.  Vermont is different. Vermonters proudly… Continue reading