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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 11, 2012

Net Metering a Cost to Utilities, or a Benefit?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/net-metering-cost-utilities-benefit-2/

Update: A third-party study of net metering in California also found that solar customers provide more benefit than cost to the utility Utilities often claim that allowing customers to run their meter backward (by generating electricity on-site, e.g. from rooftop solar) can affect their bottom line because these customers don’t pay enough to cover the… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2012

Pacheco Law in Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/anti-privatization-initiatives/pacheco-law-massachusetts/

In 1993, after Massachusetts government privatized 36 operations in the previous 3 years, the legislature passed what came to be called the Pacheco Law over then-Governor William F. Weld’s veto. The law imposes the strictest series of tests in the nation before a service can be privatized. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2012

Ban on Privatizing Prisons in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/anti-privatization-initiatives/ban-privatizing-prisons-illinois/

In 1990 Illinois enacted a ban on private prisons which remains in place in 2012, declaring that “the management and operation of a correctional facility or institution involves functions that are inherently governmental.” Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2012

States Scream at Feds for Preempting, Then Preempt Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/states-scream-at-feds-for-preempting-then-preempt-cities/

Here at muninetworks.org, we continually see instances of state government preempting rights of local government to make their own decisions on broadband. It was no surprise to us to read Josh Goodman’s recent Stateline.org article, GOP Legislatures Try to Limit Local Government’s Power. Goodman takes a look at a disturbing trend in the relationships between… Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2012

Small Schools vs. Big Schools

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/small-schools-vs-big-schools/

One of the most effective ways to improve student achievement and curb school violence is to reduce the size of the nation’s schools. Hundreds of studies have found that students who attend small schools outperform those in large schools on every academic measure from grades to test scores. They are less likely to dropout and… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2012

Universal Access to Pre-School

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/universal-access-to-pre-school/

Preschool has been shown to increase students’ performance in high school, increase test scores, decrease the likelihood of being arrested for a violent offense as a juvenile, and decrease the likelihood that a child will experience abuse and/or neglect. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2012

Medical Malpractice Insurance Rate Regulation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/medical-malpractice-insurance-rate-regulation/

Proponents of caps on medical malpractice awards frequently cite California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 as evidence that caps hold down insurance rates. In fact, the state’s rate increases were the same as the national average until 1988 when voters passed Proposition 103, which requires insurance companies to open their books and justify… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2012

Asset Building – Individual Development Accounts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/asset-building-individual-development-accounts/

From the Homestead Act to the GI Bill to home mortgage deductions, Americans have recognized that it is good public policy to help people build assets. Like the distribution of assets in the U.S., however, the distribution of incentives is skewed. Ninety percent of the benefits of the two largest asset-building programs in the country… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2012

Single-Payer and Universal Health Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/single-payer-and-universal-health-care/

Citizen-led efforts to institute more universal health care programs are cropping up across the country. Some are very similar to the Canadian health care system. They call for a single-payer system, meaning that medical care would be paid for out of a single publicly administered pool of money, rather than by myriad managed care plans…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2012

Minnesota Electricity Could Be 100% Renewable, 100% Local

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-electricity-100-renewable-100-local/

A new report released today by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shows that Minnesota can meet 100% of its electricity needs with in-state wind and solar power, and (with ample energy efficiency investments) at a comparable cost to its existing electricity supply. The notion that solar and wind energy cannot be the mainstay… Continue reading