concludes that carbon emissions will never fall at a sufficient rate in a growth economy. Unfortunately, the EU operates a climate policy framework, the EU Emissions Trading System, that was designed by BP and it doesn’t work. Policies that might work were the political will there are described. However, the fossil fuel industry still has a stranglehold on policy.
The city has signed on to a national program to make information more readily available — inside and outside local government.
Portland began targeting “zombie homes” last spring, seeking to foreclose on abandoned and neglected properties that had become a blight in their neighborhoods. The city didn’t know, though, how many of these derelicts there were.
The city had the information to figure it out, according to Mayor Charlie Hales: One bureau had been collecting data on neighborhood complaints. Another had data on liens. But there was no way to put them together.
The president-elect and his Republican Congress will surely change health care — but first, they have to decide how.
Source: Trump’s Health-Care Dilemma
Twenty million more Americans have health insurance coverage now than before its passage in 2010. Health insurance costs have dropped for many families. The public has enthusiastically embraced the program’s guarantees of coverage for pre-existing conditions and for children under the age of 26.
Second, if the Republicans repeal the hated individual mandate, which requires everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty, it’s going to be tough to provide insurance for anyone who wants it while keeping costs under control. Insurance exchanges aren’t enrolling enough younger, healthier individuals who can shoulder some of the costs. If the individual mandate is wiped out, this problem would get worse.
Some city officials in San Francisco are taking the notion of remaining a sanctuary city very seriously, backing a proposal to spend $5 million on the legal representation of immigrants facing deportation or incarceration.
San Francisco, a sanctuary city, is considering releasing $5 million in funding to rigorously defend undocumented immigrants under a Donald Trump administration. The money would be contracted out to public defenders and nonprofits that facilitate legal representation. Undocumented immigrants do not now have the right to a court appointed attorney.
Liberty University hired Ian McCaw to be its new athletic director this past Monday. McCaw resigned last May amid ongoing litigation relating to a sexual assault scandal at Baylor. There’s been a palpable silence from Christian media and Christian leaders on Falwell’s choice.
Liberty University hired Ian McCaw to be its new athletic director this past Monday. For the past 13 years, McCaw presided as athletic director over the Baylor University Bears and Lady Bears rise into an athletic colossus. McCaw resigned last May amid what remains ongoing litigation relating to a sexual assault scandal at Baylor.
Baylor hired the law firm Pepper Hamilton to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations from 17 women who reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 football players, including four alleged gang rapes, since 2011. The Baylor Board or Regentsfound the law firms’ report “horrifying.”
While 200 workers took part in that one-day “Fight for 15” strike four Novembers ago, thousands mobilized nationwide, spanning across 340 cities to mark the anniversary of this successful movement.
day that New York City’s fast food workers first “walked off their jobs demanding $15 an hour and union rights.” The movement has come a long way. While 200 workers took part in that one-day strike four Novembers ago, thousands have now risen nationwide, spanning across 340 cities to mark the event. Chicago O’Hare airport alone witnessed 500 workers on strike.
The movement has not only continued, but grown. Its growth keeps the U.S. political debate over minimum wage on the agenda. The movement is credited for notable victories in passing $15 minimum wage laws that would phase in over the next few years. Indeed, voters nationwide have approved minimum wage increases by 2020, as reflected in wage ballots. There were prominent victories in the District of Columbia and across state legislatures in California, N.Y., and Washington.
A NELP report further debriefs us on the movement’s impact. According to the report, pay increases for 17 million Americans can be attributed to the movement; altogether, these increases amount to $61.5 billion, “more than 10 times larger than the total raise received by workers in all 50 states under Congress’s last federal minimum wage increase, approved in 2007.”