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Despite a tough year, an optimistic mood in the White House 20.12.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper. The hyper-competitive president put post-election points on the board with an executive action on immigration, a historic overhaul of Cuba policy and a spending bill that, while flawed, managed to fund administration priorities and provide a year of certainty.Read full article ...
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From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises 19.12.2014 Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! co-host Juan González discusses his exclusive year-end interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The list of his accomplishments in just one year has shocked even me -- a total skeptic after more 35 years of covering urban politics in this country," writes González in his latest column. "And it's not just the big issues like education, affordable housing, reform of police-community relations, or new contracts and pay raises for city workers. It's also a host of less publicized but important measures affecting ordinary New Yorkers. Things like paid sick leave and a living wage for low-income workers. Like the lowest rent increase in memory for 800,000."
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When nonprofit hospitals sue their patients 19.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Some nonprofit hospitals around the country don't ever seize their patients' wages. Some do so only in very rare cases. But others sue hundreds of patients every year.
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When A Hospital Bill Becomes A Decade-Long Pay Cut 19.12.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.
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White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges 19.12.2014 Yahoo: US National

A woman lies in the grass at Columbia University in New YorkBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of low-income students, completion rates, affordability, employment prospects and student loan repayment rates. ...


Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation 19.12.2014 THE CITY FIX
This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix ...
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Home Buyers Will Get a Break in 2015 18.12.2014 Yahoo: Business
Buying a home is expected to be easier in 2015 than 2014
Funding for National Housing Trust Fund A Reality 18.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The advocacy and persistence of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has paid off. Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) gave the green light to Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac to set aside money for funding much-needed affordable housing projects, saying both mortgage entities are financially fit to contribute to the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. Because of the passionate leadership of the NLIHC, with the full backing of CSH and other advocates for affordable housing, Congress created the Trust Fund more than 6 years ago. But the financial crisis prevented Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from contributing monies until now. As a result, the promise to create more affordable housing across the country was delayed. Undaunted by the obstacles created by the most recent economic recession, NLIHC never lost sight of its primary goal of ensuring that one day the Trust Fund would receive and then distribute dollars to help create affordable housing in every state. We ...
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‘Bonus depreciation’ is an unnecessary subsidy in a flawed tax bill 18.12.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
THE BEST that can be said for the “tax extenders” bill, approved in the waning days of the 113th Congress, is that it could have been much worse. After the November election, House and Senate leaders attempted to make all 55 special-interest tax breaks in the bill permanent instead of renewing them on a short-term basis, as per usual. The White House shot down that idea, which would have added more than $400 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade. Finally, all concerned settled on a $42 billion one-year renewal of the breaks, retroactive to Jan. 1, so that taxpayers can claim them on their 2014 returns — to be followed by a resumption of debate on broader tax reform in 2015. Read full article ...
Yampa Valley Housing Authority explores means to address rental housing shortage in Routt County 17.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is seeking interest from private developers in a tentative plan to leverage federal tax credits to build affordable rental apartments on 10 acres it owns on the west side of Steamboat Springs. The Low Income Housing Tax Credits are the U.S. government’s longstanding method of supporting creation of affordable housing. The federal income tax credits are sold through brokers to people who have income they would like to shelter from taxes. In that way, the tax credits serve as a means for housing authorities like YVHA to bring equity to a new affordable housing project. The awarding of the tax credits to housing authorities like YVHA is administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. As recently as 2012, YVHA was seeking to sell land it owns on Elk River Road in order to get out from under about $2 million in debt associated with the 2006 purchase of the property. The authority bought the land on Elk River Road, just north of the intersection with U.S. Highway ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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New Help for Low-Income Renters: Housing Trust Fund Gets Funding 16.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Low-income Americans in search of rental housing they can afford got an early Christmas present Dec. 11 when it was announced that the National Housing Trust Fund will soon open for business. The federal agency that controls America's two biggest mortgage companies announced that it was opening the spigot on a vast new source of capital for construction of rental housing affordable to low- and moderate-income Americans. This is money that will not get caught up in the political gridlock of Congress because it is not subject to the annual budget and appropriations process. The funds will come from the profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the institutions that buy the majority of home loans in America from loan originators, which generates a huge amount of cash yearly. A percentage of their revenue must go into the National Housing Trust Fund each year, and it cannot be used for anything other than housing, and mostly for rental homes for very low-income people. The law creating the trust fund was ...
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Minnesota’s business-expansion grants draw critics on right and left 16.12.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Joe D With the House back in Republican hands, Dayton’s job-creation program could be in jeopardy. For the late Gov. Rudy Perpich, a political mentor of Mark Dayton, one of the primary purposes of government was to create “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Perpich was a product of Minnesota’s economically troubled Iron Range and served as governor during a period of double-digit unemployment. Economic conditions are better now, but Perpich’s mantra was not forgotten by Dayton, who served in the early 1980s as Perpich’s economic development commissioner.  One of the current DFL governor’s major legislative initiatives was the establishment  of a new Minnesota Job Creation Fund , started in 2013 with a $24 million legislative appropriation. In launching the program last January, Dayton declared, “The strength of our economy and the security of middle-class Minnesota families depend on the investments we make today to accelerate job growth…  Every job matters, and that is why initiatives like the Minnesota Job ...
Advocacy group protests CIT Group deal for OneWest Bank 16.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
National business banking lender CIT Group Inc. stands to collect more than $1.4 billion from federal regulators to cover future losses should its purchase of OneWest Bank in Pasadena be approved.
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How to beat the forces that keep low-income students from graduating 16.12.2014 Washington Post
FORT WORTH — Chelsey Stone had already escaped so many of the traps that keep poor children in poverty for life. She recalls begging neighbors for dinner when her mother sold their food stamps for drug money. She slept on the trampoline outside when the heroin showed up and her mom locked the door and the binges began. When she rebelled as a teenager, it was with poster board: She plastered her house with bright signs warning, “Do Not Throw Needles Away Here.”Read full article >>
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Stronger start for Obama's health law this year 16.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a stronger start this year, even as Americans remain skeptical that the government's newest social program is right for the ...
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Crunch time again for health insurance sign-ups 14.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Crunch time again for health insurance sign-ups
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Angry Citizen's Impact 14.12.2014 Philly.com News
The story of West Chester investment adviser Rich Weinstein shows that sometimes even the White House is no match for one angry citizen with a fast Internet connection and plenty of determination.
Housing costs oustrip incomes, putting Colorado economy at risk 14.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The northern Front Range boasts one of the country's best performing economies. But that success carries a darker side — a shrinking supply of homes and apartments affordable to low and even middle-income ...
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