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With 20-year plan, Mount Laurel writes 'new chapter' in long affordable-housing saga 7.12.2016 Philly.com News
One day in the fall of 1970, Mount Laurel's mayor spoke 16 words that would long cast a shadow on his township.
Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to spend billions on low-income housing subsidies 7.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Effort launched to force state pensions to divest from Dakota Access pipeline, lawmaker proposes 'Blue Lives Matter' bill Dec. 6, 2016, 3:31 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: California...
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Why Trump Picked Ben Carson as HUD Secretary 7.12.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Ben Carson speaks during a town hall meeting Sunday, February 21, 2016, in Reno, Nevada.  Why would Donald Trump appoint the uniquely unqualified Ben Carson to run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development? If the Senate approves the neurosurgeon’s nomination, he will run an agency with a $47 billion budget that oversees federal rental assistance programs serving more than five million of the country's lowest-income households. The largest of these is the housing choice voucher program (formerly known as Section 8), which helps low-income families rent apartments in the private market. HUD also oversees a million units of public housing run by local governments, administers $5 billion in community development funds, insures the mortgages of more than one-fifth of all homeowners, and enforces fair housing laws that bar racial discrimination by lenders and landlords. Carson has no experience with any of these programs—nor any experience in government at all. When ...
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Why Ben Carson worries advocates for fair housing 6.12.2016 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial

Ben Carson at the Republican National Convention in July. (Evan Vucci/AP)He is Donald Trump's pick for housing secretary, but his stance on housing reflects his lack of background on the subject.


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GOP's Health Reform Strategy Amounts to Repeal Without Replacement 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
The rather sketchy plans put forth to date by Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan would not provide enough financial assistance to make coverage affordable, especially for low- and moderate-income people, many of whom would consequently end up uninsured. (Photo: Daniel Huizinga / Flickr ) Republican congressional leaders plan to move quickly in January to repeal the bulk of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting a replacement plan to prevent the millions of people who have gained coverage through the ACA from becoming uninsured. Instead, the repeal bill will likely delay by two years or more the elimination of the ACA's Medicaid expansion and subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy marketplace coverage. But GOP leaders' claim that they will enact a replacement plan in the meantime that will be available when the ACA's coverage provisions expire isn't credible.  Republican leaders have had six years to put forth a replacement plan that matches the ACA's coverage and ...
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Vouchers, Home Schooling, Virtual Education -- Conservatives’ Wish List 6.12.2016 American Prospect
Former Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington D.C. in June 2015.    These are heady times for free-market education reformers. Republicans control Congress, GOP governors will lead 33 states, the vice-president elect is a champion of private school vouchers, and a conservative Supreme Court might soon have the power to thwart teacher union power irreparably. Best of all for the school choice crowd, billionaire GOP donor Betsy DeVos, a leading advocate of education reform, has been nominated to head up the Education Department. The excitement of education advocates with conservative policy priorities was palpable last week at the annual reform conference hosted by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), a group founded by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and unsuccessful GOP presidential contender. More than 1,000 people from across the U.S. gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel for two days of panels, plenary sessions, and networking. “Be big, be bold, or go home,” urged Bush in a welcome ...
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Ben Carson, Housing, And Homelessness: Opportunities And Concerns 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The news that Ben Carson has accepted Trump's nomination for HUD Secretary is cause for concern for the millions of Americans who are homeless or at risk -- and for anyone who cares about this continuing crisis. It's a common misconception that people become homeless as a result of personal failures or poor choices. But by far the overwhelming cause of homelessness is the scarcity of affordable housing, and strong leadership from HUD will be essential in addressing it. Carson has no experience in housing policy, and some of the few statements he's made are troubling. Here are three key areas affecting homeless people -- including concerns and recommendations. 1. Addressing the affordable housing crisis. Right now, there is a shortage of 7.2 million units of housing affordable for people who are extremely poor. Federal housing programs meant to help have been decimated following decades of cuts, and now three in four households who are poor enough to qualify for help can't get it. Three quarters of these ...
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On Obamacare repeal, GOP ideology is colliding with reality 6.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If there weren’t so much at stake, one would be amused at the spectacle of Republican politicians writhing as they try to make good on their ideological promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare without ruining the lives of millions of their own constituents.

In the few short weeks since the GOP...

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GOP Leader Makes Dubious Claim That More People Will Have Health Insurance Without Obamacare 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested on Monday that more people would have health insurance once Republicans repeal Obamacare ― and that Congress would be able to retain popular provisions requiring companies to insure people with pre-existing conditions. Asked how Republicans could be confident premiums wouldn’t skyrocket if they repealed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.” “We believe with more people into the market, you get greater choice and that the demand is higher,” he said. “You allow those that can’t afford it to enter the same market where they have more options, that the price will go down.” Of course, there’s a similar concept animating Obamacare. The general idea is that by requiring people to get health insurance, more people ― including healthy people ― will sign up for benefits, thus lowering the overall cost for everyone. It’s impossible to precisely gauge what effect a GOP health ...
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Court Delays GOP Lawsuit To Gut Obamacare 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― A federal appeals court panel agreed Monday to the House Republicans’ request to hold off on further actions on their own lawsuit to eradicate financial assistance for the poorest people covered by Obamacare health insurance plans. House Republicans brought the lawsuit in 2014 , alleging that President Barack Obama ’s administration unlawfully is spending federal money on these subsidies without a congressional appropriation. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department contested the case, but a federal judge sided with the GOP in May, prompting an appeal.  But with President-elect Donald Trump poised to take office and with Republicans retaining control of Congress after Election Day, the House GOP last month asked the appeals court to postpone considering the case . Congressional Republicans are aiming for votes repealing key aspects of the Affordable Care Act next month and to work for up to three years assembling legislation to succeed it. At issue is extra help for the lowest-income ...
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Carson, Who Called Fair Housing a 'Failed Social Experiment,' Tapped to Run HUD 5.12.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Dr. Ben Carson, the former Republican presidential candidate who once called fair housing a "failed socialist experiment," on Monday was officially nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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6 Reasons Why HUD Deserves a Leader Who Is Actually Qualified for the Job 5.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michela Zonta, Sarah Edelman

Earlier this month, when rumors of erstwhile presidential candidate Ben Carson’s role in a future Trump administration started flying, Carson made it clear that he wasn’t interested in an agency appointment. In the words of his business manager, “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

A lot can change in a month.

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The supposed 'rebirth' of Watts makes Jordan Downs residents uneasy 4.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

At a ceremonial groundbreaking three months ago in Watts, elected officials, housing authority bureaucrats and residents all took turns swinging sledgehammers at a 1950s cinder-block structure to mark the demolition of Jordan Downs. The event marked the first phase in the remaking of this public...

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In House Majority Leader's Home District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap 4.12.2016 NPR: Healthcare
Some constituents of Rep. Kevin McCarthy who favor the law, or rely on it, see a conflict between his stated goals as a national leader and the needs of so many people in his home district.
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Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare 2.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government’s flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans. It turns out that Republicans, especially in the Senate, are not spoiling for a fight. “We are not inclined to lead with our chin,” said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas. “And right now, we’v...
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Here's How to Save Obamacare 2.12.2016 Mother Jones
Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. In fact, he vowed to ask Congress to deliver a full repeal " on day one ." Can he do that? Well, no one can stop him from asking. But can Congress make it happen? Even a Republican Congress? The answer turns out to be sort of complicated. The legislative basics I'm about to spell out apply to everything Trump wants to do, so if you're following along at home, here's what to watch for over the next few months. Let's take the easiest option first. The only thing stopping Congress from a simple and total repeal of Obamacare is the fact that Democrats can filibuster any repeal bill in the Senate. Republicans need 60 votes to override a filibuster, and they don't have them. But what if they abolish the filibuster? Democrats got rid of it for lower-court judicial nominees and executive appointees in 2013, and Republicans could do the same for ordinary legislation if they wanted—because, ironically, you can't filibuster a ...
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Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare 2.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government’s flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans. It turns out that Republicans, especially in the […]
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Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to ‘save’ it 2.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it. GOP Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, head of the Ways and Means Committee, insisted Republicans won’t be deterred by the politics, even though Donald Trump won election as president on promises to […]
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The role of housing and wrap around supports for newcomer families in Winnipeg 1.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
As housing advocates across the country recognize National Housing Day on November 22, we must continue to acknowledge the central role of housing in building inclusive communities and seek ways to ensure that all low-income families have access to affordable, safe and good quality housing. Vulnerable and marginalized populations such as newly arrived immigrant and refugee families all too often suffer the indignity of scouring the private rental market for suitable housing only to face discrimination, unaffordable rental rates, poorly cared for buildings and undesirable ...
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Funds for fixes -- Program helps SLC seniors, disabled with home repairs 1.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
For 68-year-old Linda Fagen, the prospect of climbing a tall ladder to clean her rain gutters was, at her age, a big headache. Yet melting snow kept spilling out and icing up her front steps, creating a slippery hazard for visitors. The Salt Lake City resident got a small home-repair grant under the city’s Handyman Program, now being offered to eligible seniors and disabled residents across the city. Fagen said a municipal employee hired her contractor, oversaw the work and ensured she wasn’t ov...
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