The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

Date: 15 Dec 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating in Louisiana for almost two decades. The election of Donald Trump killed the prospect of federal … Read More

Farmworkers of the World — Unite!

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 2017), available here. Florida produces 90 percent of our winter tomatoes. The Immokalee region in southwestern Florida grows one-third of all U.S. tomatoes. The plight of farmworkers in the Immokalee area has been publicly known for decades. That plight was featured in Edward R. Murrow’s searing … Read More

Protecting Communities from Gentrification

Date: 23 Oct 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We have a workable model for making housing affordable and protecting neighborhood residents from displacement: a Community Land Trust. Only one city to date has embraced it aggressively and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it began to do so when Bernie Sanders was its mayor. Now a coalition is pushing Baltimore to make a major investment in this model.… Read More

A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer, Dynamic Pricing

Date: 10 Oct 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the beginning there were no fixed prices.  Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then, in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags along with the slogan, “If everyone … Read More

Big Finance is Destroying Big Retail

Date: 6 Oct 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the 1980s, leveraged buyouts became financial engineering’s newest invention. Corporate raiders would use the assets of the target corporation to collateralize the debt required to take it over. The resulting large debt payments burdened the … Read More

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines

Date: 14 Sep 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s insight on recent news stories that have to do with the public good. In this round-up: Germany’s public banks; The story behind the effort to “repatriate” U.S. overseas profits; The remunicipalization movement grows; How Philadelphiais expanding the civic commons; and more.… Read More

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