The National Bank Robbery
Within five years, industry analysts predict, just five networks will control 90 percent of ATM transactions. Fees to use these machines will go up, while community-based financial institutions will decline. Some states are fighting back–but can they win? By Stacy Mitchell
Franchising: The Worst of Both Worlds?
On abusive practices and the misuse of power. By Stacy Mitchell
Seeing the Light
The current rush to deregulate our electricity system is being driven by and for large customers and even larger suppliers. But the public interest can be better served if we take this historic opportunity to change the rules to encourage a more environmentally benign, humanly scaled, and democratic system. By David Morris
Paying for Past Mistakes
Who will be saddled with the stranded costs of the electricity system?
Noise is one of the most debilitating aspects of modern life. Yet more and more municipalities have taken action to preserve their communities’ peace-the first steps toward setting a sound public policy. By Les Blomberg and David Morris
While jet skis churn up trouble on the nation’s waterways, a billion-dollar industry tries to churn up trouble among levels of government. By Sean Smith
South Dakota Protects the Family Farm. Slow Food. Canada’s Local Labor Funds. Prisoners and the Census.