The Public Good Resources – Results
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Number of years the DOD has failed to satisfy a 1993 Congress mandate that all federal agencies be audited: 35
Amount of military spending that could not be account for as of 2016: $6.5 trillion.… Read More
Percent of population making under $50,000 in 2014: 48 percent.
Percent of those voting making under $50,000: 36 percent.
Percent of population making over $100,000: 22 percent.
Percent of those voting making over $100,000: 30 percent.… Read More
1947-1979 change in real income of poorest 20 percent of population: 122 percent.
Of richest 20 percent: 99 percent.
Change of richest 1 percent: 39 percent.
Change of richest .01 percent: 29 percent.… Read More
Number of U.S. states that mandate paid maternity leave: 4.
Number of countries that do: 185.
Maximum number of weeks of paid maternity leave in U.S. states: 16.
Number of countries that provide more than 16 weeks of paid maternity leave: 105.… Read More
Pell grants, awarded solely on need, are the largest single source of non-loan assistance to postsecondary education. Two thirds of Pell recipients enroll in public colleges and universities.
Fraction of tuition, fee, room and board expenses in public four-year colleges covered by Pell Grants in 1975: 79 percent.
In 2017: 29 percent.… Read More
In October FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced, ““We’ve been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine months…” Energetic? You bet. In the public interest? Not on your life.… Read More
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 … Read More
In May of 1991, Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder David Morris was featured in Minnesota Public Television’s (TPT) Portrait series on prominent Minnesotans. The video is available here in TPT’s video archive. In this interview David speaks about the founding of … Read More
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 … Read More
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
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, … Read More
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 … Read More
A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer | Protecting Communities From Gentrification | Punishing Corporate Criminals | The Hell With the 6th Amendment | Corporate Parasites … Read More
A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Germany’s Public Banks | The Story Behind the Effort to “Repatriate” U.S. Overseas Profits | The Remunicipalization Movement Grows | Philadelphia: Expanding the Civic Commons | Amazon, … Read More