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The Continuing Quest for a More Walkable Los Angeles 20.4.2018 American Prospect
screen_shot_2017-07-19_at_4.28.52_pm.png Angelenos spend unfathomable amounts of time in cars navigating traffic jams—ones that definitely don’t turn into La La Land-style dance parties . A recent study by INRIX, a transportation analytics company, found that Los Angeles residents spend 100 hours in traffic congestion, the worst in the United States. Despite L.A.’s car-centric reputation, walking and taking public transit is the norm for many Angelenos, especially people of color. According to Los Angeles Metro, the county’s transit agency, most of its passengers are African American or Latino. Social inequality is baked into the regional land use laws characterized by low-density sprawl that has contributed to car dependence. Affluent, majority-white communities concentrated in the most desirable areas are effectively walled off by “redlining,” segregated housing policies that prevented low-income people and people of color from buying homes and living in white neighborhoods. Before World War II, L.A. ...
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Democrats' housing problem 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
YIMBYism is shaping up to be for the Democrats what free trade was for the Republicans.
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Audits Endanger Tax Credits for the Working Poor 19.4.2018 American Prospect
A professional tax preparer views a Form 1040.   In 2017, 27 million families received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit available to people with low incomes who work. While the EITC has been described as a subsidy for low-wage employers, the credit still materially puts, on average, $2,445 in the pockets of low-income people. But a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that EITC claimants who are audited are less likely to claim the credit in the following years. This is particularly significant because House Republicans recently proposed expanding Internal Revenue Service review of EITC returns. The NBER researchers looked at the behavior of taxpayers who received the EITC—both those who were audited (through correspondence audit ) and those who weren’t. Their study found that, after receiving a correspondence audit, people who claimed the EITC in a particular year were 30 percent less likely to claim it the following year. EITC claimants were ...
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Why 1 in 14 Philly renters faces eviction every year 19.4.2018 Philly.com News
"The eviction crisis being what it is and the fact that we have a severe shortage of affordable housing, we have a crisis on our hands."
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For SB 827 to ever make a successful comeback, it needs to rev up support for buses 19.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s high-profile Senate Bill 827, which would have paved the way for more multi-unit housing construction near public transportation statewide, stalled out in its first committee reading Tuesday. The proposal had a lot of enemies — including city officials in Los Angeles and...

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Boulder just set the second highest affordable housing fee in the country 18.4.2018 Denver Post: Local
The slow-growth majority on the Boulder City Council on Tuesday reversed a significant move made by the previous council, voting to increase by 150 percent the per-square-foot fee that commercial developers must pay into the city affordable housing fund.
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair.  Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called, "a feed the hunger" type farm -- in reference to the Hunger Task Force Farm south of Milwaukee. Perdue also hosted Paul Ryan in the RV later that day. They sat ...
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California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers 18.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A robust effort to attack California’s housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that it treated small cities and large ones like San Francisco the same way.

The defeat for Senate Bill 827 came in its first legislative...

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St. Louis Park unanimously passes first-of-its-kind tenant protection 17.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
St. Louis Park's city council unanimously passed its first tenant protection ordinance on Monday night. The ordinance requires landlords to pay the moving expenses of low-income tenants if they decide to raise rents, not renew leases, or re-screen tenants within the first three months of owning a property.
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Broomfield waives $384K in fees to get affordable housing project going 17.4.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Broomfield officials agreed to waive up to $384,235 in fees so a developer can move forward with plans for 49 affordable apartments near 120th Avenue and Main Street.
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Hike in retail marijuana tax is part of Denver’s plan to turbo-charge its $15 million-a-year affordable housing fund 16.4.2018 Denver Post: Local
Denver marijuana buyers would help pay for an expansion of Denver's 10-year, $150 million affordable housing fund under a plan that includes city borrowing to amp up apartment production.
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Trump's Executive Order on "Welfare" Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another 16.4.2018 Truthout.com
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of "welfare reform." Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 16, 2018. Trump is traveling to Hialeah, Florida, for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility," carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can ...
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Why America Needs More Social Housing 16.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  The quest to provide what has come to be called “affordable housing” in America is hobbled by one fundamental reality. Too much housing is in the market sector and too little is in a social sector permanently protected from rising prices. The result is that supply and demand relentlessly bids up market prices. Government is required to provide deeper and deeper subsidies to keep rents within the bounds of incomes, so fewer and fewer people get any kind of help. This is true whether the form of public subsidy is tax breaks, direct subsidies, vouchers, or deals with developers to set aside some percent of units as affordable. In most cities, the median rent far exceeds what median incomes can afford. In cities with hot housing markets, homeownership is even further beyond reach for those who do not already own homes, exacerbating competition for scarce apartments. The idea of having a permanent sector of ...
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Republicans lose their favorite campaign message: Repealing Obamacare 14.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
For the first election in nearly a decade, Republicans can’t center their message on eliminating the Affordable Care Act.
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D.C. is robbing Ward 5 of compassion 14.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The city is concentrating homeless and low-income residences in one place.
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Robert F. Kennedy: Teachings for Today 13.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . An emblem of Robert Kennedy’s capacity to reach across racial lines was the way he campaigned in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, when he ran for president in 1968. He made a point to appear together with Mayor Richard Hatcher, the first post-Reconstruction African American mayor of a large city, and Tony Zale, a white local hero who was the middleweight boxing champion of the world. That reach has often been noted over the years, with the added note that many of the city’s white residents who voted for RFK went on to vote for Governor George Wallace in the general election after Kennedy died. I start there because we have never more needed to bring our people together. Of course, Robert Kennedy’s brother was the fallen president, and many of the whites who voted for RFK were Catholic. But there is much more to it. He listened to people, including people who disagreed with him, and definitely of all races. ...
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GOP proposes stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients, a step toward an overhaul of the social safety net 13.4.2018 Washington Post
House Republicans released a plan seeking a radical overhaul of the food stamp program used by more than 40 million Americans, requiring most unemployed, work-capable recipients between 18 and 59 to enroll in workforce training to receive benefits.
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Germantown residents are fighting to bring down the neighborhood's notorious blight king 12.4.2018 Philly.com News
Emanuel Freeman's mismanagement of Germantown Settlement continues to scar the neighborhood.
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Controversial $1-billion Hollywood high-rise project relaunched by developer 12.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The developer of a stalled $1-billion real estate project near the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood will try again with a new proposal that prioritizes housing over commercial uses.

Millennium Partners said it will file plans with the city Thursday for what it is now calling Hollywood Center,...

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The Spot newsletter: Fireworks in the governor’s race, how a trade war could impact Colorado, Denver’s affordable housing program faces big problems and more 12.4.2018 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Welcome back to The Spot newsletter, where The Denver Post's politics team captures what's happening this week -- from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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