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Rule filed under Banking | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2012

Market Share Caps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/market-share-caps/

In 1994, Congress adopted a policy that bars a bank from buying another bank if the combined entity would hold more than 10 percent of the country’s deposits, but the policy has several flaws that have allowed at least two banks to exceed the cap. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on May 9, 2012

Map of State 3rd Party PPA Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/map-state-3rd-party-ppa-rules/

In lieu of smarter policy, schools, libraries, and city buildings hoping to install solar power have to resort to complex public-private partnerships to access federal tax incentives.  One common strategy is the power purchase agreement (PPA). In essence, a PPA allows the public building owner to buy solar electricity on contract from a third party… Continue reading

Rule filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2012

Authorizing Municipal Networks – 1999 Iowa Act Chapter 63

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/authorizing-municipal-networks-1999-iowa-act-chapter-63/

Iowa expressly authorizes cities to build publicly owned networks. In 1999, the Iowa Legislature adopted changes to Chapter 63 of the Iowa Acts that defined legislative intent, giving local authorities the unquestionable right to invest in community owned networks. The new language added broadband to a list of common utilities that we often take for… Continue reading

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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