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APM Reports: In cities on the Great Lakes, water pipes are crumbling and poor people are paying the price 8.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Americans are struggling to afford their rising water bills, and thousands of poor families have had their service shut off. This growing crisis has a dark irony: It's especially acute in a region where water is most abundant -- the Great Lakes.
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To fight the housing shortage, California is right to come down hard on Huntington Beach 1.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

You almost have to feel sorry for the city fathers of Huntington Beach. Almost.

City Council members tried, for a while, to do the right thing by state law. In 2013, they approved a housing plan that conformed to state requirements for the construction of affordable housing.

Then, in 2016, after...

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With all Gov. Gavin Newsom has going for him, there’s little excuse for failure 14.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

No California governor in modern times has entered office with more wind at his back and fewer obstacles lying ahead.

“These are good times,” newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom said in rolling out his $209-billion budget proposal last week. “You pinch yourself at times like this.”

Newsom has loads...

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Gov. Gavin Newsom threatens to cut state funding from cities that don't approve enough housing 11.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

For 50 years, California has required cities and counties to plan for enough new housing so that residents can live affordably. But many local governments fail to approve new development, contributing to the state’s housing crunch. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a radical new step: punishing...

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HUD Official Just Found a Very Convenient Excuse to Delay Moving from Trump Plaza to Public Housing 7.1.2019 Mother Jones
Lynne Patton, the Department of Housing and Urban Development official who was once a Trump family event planner, earned headlines and snark when she announced in November that she was going to move into public housing administered by the New York City Housing Authority. Patton, HUD’s regional administrator who oversees New York and New Jersey, said the goal […]
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Colorado communities pocket big bucks from legal marijuana, but threats loom for some 28.12.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
The roll-out of recreational marijuana sales five years ago has raised tens of millions of dollars annually to tackle a litany of local concerns -- from paying for main street makeovers in cash-strapped small towns to expanding programs to address Denver's opioid crisis and housing affordability crunch.
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The Silver Lining of the New Gilded Age: Fewer Targets 22.10.2018 American Prospect
At noon on January 17 of this year, activists began protesting outside the Blackstone Group’s New York City headquarters over the private equity giant’s foreclosures in Puerto Rico. Simultaneously, a social justice group in California released a report detailing Blackstone’s alleged mistreatment of thousands of the state’s tenants. The timing was no coincidence. The extreme concentration of economic ownership and power in 21stt-century America is creating more opportunities for disparate groups—from renters and unions to community groups and financial reform organizations—to ally against common adversaries and pressure them for broad concessions. This growing collaboration points to what some see as a necessary reaction and potential silver lining to the New Gilded Age. “The same guys own everything,” Stephen Lerner, a veteran community and labor organizer, told a crowd of labor leaders in New York City late last year. “We can align our forces in a different way because we have the same enemy.” Nurturing ...
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Minnesota voter guide: Where the 5th District candidates stand on the issues 16.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Ilhan Omar and Jennifer Zielinski are after the 5th District's open seat in Congress now that Keith Ellison has decided to step down and run for Minnesota attorney general.
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Closing the New Affordable Housing Gaps 27.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson A low-income housing complex under construction in St. Louis, Missouri Robert Goldman always kept close tabs on Capitol Hill tax talk. Reform proposals had been bopping around Capitol Hill in recent years, but nothing had happened.  Before the 2016 election, the Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit affordable housing organization in Silver Spring, Maryland, that Goldman heads, had started the intricate financing process required to renovate Parkview Manor, a 1950s-era complex of more than 50 low-rise garden-style apartments that the nonprofit organization owns in Hyattsville, Maryland, a northeastern suburb of Washington. Designed for people of modest means, many housing developers see garden apartments as a tear-down worthy relics of a bygone era. Luxury buildings with more and smaller apartments are all the rage now, ones that command higher rent than fewer dwellings on a larger tract of land can. But since MHP owns the affordable housing development, Parkview ...
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Task force recommends ways to address critical shortage of affordable housing 22.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An affordable housing task force appointed last year by Gov. Dayton is recommending broad changes in funding, technology and regulation to meet a statewide demand for affordable housing.
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House Republicans Chat With Ben Carson About Civility, Instead of Housing Discrimination 28.6.2018 Mother Jones
“You talk about your mom a lot, and I know you just lost her as well. I’m sorry for your loss,” Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) said to Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson during an oversight hearing on Wednesday. “But if you were acting uncivil, and you told your mother, ‘But […]
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The Democrats' Response 21.6.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  On a summer day in 1981, a disconsolate House Speaker Tip O’Neill sat “slumped in a chair far to the rear of the House floor” (as Thomas Edsall recalled the scene in his 1984 book The New Politics of Inequality) and watched his colleagues vote to end the New Deal order. The vote was on a Republican substitute to a tax bill sent to the floor by the Democratic majority on the House Ways and Means Committee; the substitute cut taxes by $749 billion, bringing down the rate on the highest incomes from 70 percent to 50 percent, lowering the capital gains tax, and reducing the inheritance tax—the first tax reduction since the 1920s, Edsall wrote, “skewed in favor of the rich.” To O’Neill, the unkindest cut was not that the Republican measure passed, but that it passed with the support of 48 of his fellow House Democrats. Most of them represented majority-white districts in the South—districts that today are ...
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The Broad Support for Taxing the Wealthy 20.6.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  The 2018 elections in November could be as important to Democrats as the anti-Obamacare 2010 wave election that shaped American politics for almost a decade was to Republicans—if Democrats don’t let ’em hide from their tax scam for the rich. And we do not yet know whether Democrats will get it right. As Democrats allowed issues of health care, Medicare, Medicaid, and the tax cuts to move to the sidelines, the national generic vote has narrowed and Trump’s approval rating has crept up. Democrats have deferred to the Republicans on the economy, even though it remains the simplest, most important determinant of the off-year congressional vote, and even though the Democratic base and swing voters are deeply suspicious of what Trump and the congressional Republicans are doing passing a tax cut for the rich. Am I really recommending that we run in 2018 on raisingtaxes? Yes. We will raise taxes on the rich. Count ...
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New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools 17.5.2018 Washington Post: World
New Zealand’s government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and schools and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip.
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New Zealand plans to spend billions on hospitals, education 17.5.2018 Washington Post: World
New Zealand’s government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip.
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Why the Seattle 'head tax' is relevant to the nation 16.5.2018 Washington Post
Why the Seattle 'head tax' is relevant to the nation
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Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans 15.5.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The administration is using the pretense of fiscal responsibility to slash programs for the poor and people of color.
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With a week left, lots to do at Capitol 14.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Taxes, public works, and the governor'c call for emergency school spending are just some of the issues facing lawmakers in the final week of the 2018 session.
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Why Antonio Villaraigosa should be California's next governor 12.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
The Times Editorial Board endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for California governor.
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Midwestern voters gave Trump a chance. Now, they’re the key to his political future. 11.5.2018 Washington Post
Over the first 15 months of the Trump presidency, The Post visited the Midwest for extended and sometimes repeated interviews with residents. What emerged is a story of how attitudes toward the president have changed, told through the voices of people in a unique part of Trump Nation.
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