Weekly Picks: Amazon and Small Business; Europe Takes on Airbnb; The War Between the States on Cage Free Eggs; and more

Date: 8 May 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The sharing economy is taking over every aspect of our economy, whether it’s Uber, Airbnb, or Amazon — each one of these companies is impacting workers and the vitality of our local economies in increasingly alarming ways. In this Weekly Picks issue, we detail this trend (and even more) on these topics.… Read More

Five Reasons Why Privatizing Michigan’s Prisons Is a Bad Idea

Both chambers of the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature are pushing to privatize that state’s prisons.  Like a similar bill introduced by Florida Republicans that was narrowly defeated, the Michigan bill would require shifting 1200 inmates to a private prison if 10 … Read More

Tea Party and NAACP Help Defeat Privatization Bill in Florida

Earlier this year, Florida’s Republican Governor and legislature proposed to privatize all 26 state prisons.  SB 2038 would have allowed privatization if a private company’s bid was at least 7 percent less than the state’s current cost. The bill would … Read More

Data Finds Arizona Private Prisons Are Poor Investment. Arizona Responds By No Longer Collecting Data

Since 1987, Arizona’s Department of Corrections has been legislatively mandated to produce cost and quality reviews for its private prisons, in part to judge how they compare with state-run facilities. The data on costs were collected, but in recent years, … Read More