Economy

"We Need to Shame Disney": Bernie Sanders Goes After Mickey Mouse

"We Need to Shame Disney": Bernie Sanders Goes After Mickey Mouse
While Disney gobbles up hundreds of million in taxpayer subsidies, Sanders joins workers to rail against corporate largess that denies people a living wage and fuels inequality
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Ohio Is Hoarding Money Meant for Poor Families

Ohio Is Hoarding Money Meant for Poor Families
Last September, a bipartisan coalition of approximately 70 mayors across 13 counties in Appalachian Ohio had an idea: With so many people thrown off cash assistance (TANF) by the state in recent years, the coalition said that the Kasich administration was now sitting on more than $500 million in unused funds from the program’s block grant. So they requested $12 million to help their constituents, some of the poorest in
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Paul Buchheit: The Kindly 87-Year-Old Man Who Took All the Schoolkids' Lunch Money

Paul Buchheit: The Kindly 87-Year-Old Man Who Took All the Schoolkids' Lunch Money
There seems to be no corporate recognition of the shameful act of taking decades of societal largesse and then doing everything possible to avoid paying for any of it.
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What Ben Carson Doesn’t Get About Poverty

What Ben Carson Doesn’t Get About Poverty
Imagine working from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week, 52 weeks a year to afford your one-bedroom.
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Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality
A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse.
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What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to Harm the Middle Class

What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to Harm the Middle Class
Roughly 20 percent of U.S. workers are in a high-paying finance, technology, and electronics sectors. The other 80 percent face a daily struggle to survive.
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PODCAST: Turning the Housing Bubble into Movie Magic in “The Big Short”

PODCAST: Turning the Housing Bubble into Movie Magic in “The Big Short”
When the Academy Award for Best Picture is called this Sunday night, the biggest prize may well go to The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book about the collapse of the housing and credit bubble in 2008, the film (also nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing and Adapted Screenplay) has been lauded for deftly explaining the financial crisis in an entertaining two hours.
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Breaking Bad News: Coaching the Bearers in Denver's Affordable Housing Crisis

Breaking Bad News: Coaching the Bearers in Denver's Affordable Housing Crisis
Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news – least of all the good folks who are trying to help Coloradans find much-needed affordable housing. But it’s brutal out there. So brutal, in fact, that now there’s a talking-points guide for service providers tasked with explaining how few options low-income people have in putting roofs over their heads in Metro Denver.
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Hickenlooper SOTS Focuses on Rural CO Issues

Hickenlooper SOTS Focuses on Rural CO Issues
Gov. John Hickenlooper used his annual State of the State speech last Thursday to chide lawmakers for failing to compromise last session on the state’s most pressing issues: the state’s budget, which he believes will have to be cut in 2016-17, changes to a hospital provider fee that could free up $1 billion over five years for transportation and education, and reforms to a state construction defects law that developers say prevents them from building affordable condominiums.
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What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal

What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal
Monday morning it was announced that a “Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached,” presented as much as a foreign policy success as a “trade” deal. The effect the deal will have on actual “trade” is unclear, since the U.S. already has trade agreements with many of the participating countries. Also much of the deal appears to be about things people would not usually consider “trade”, like investor rights and limits on the ability of countries to regulate. Though the deal remains secret, here is some of what is known about the agreement deal.
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