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Our View: Hearth and home 23.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
One could approach the news this week that Routt County Habitat for Humanity is dissolving from several points of view, but we find ourselves focused on the implications the news holds for Routt County’s attainable housing market. At Issue The community’s ability to provide workforce housing Our View Down valley growth may be our fate The Habitat board called out, in a letter to the editor, the challenges of finding affordable building sites for new Habitat homes as a factor in their decision to hang it up. They also cited the difficulty of meeting Habitat income guidelines for households making more than $45,000 annually (depending upon family size). Livable incomes here don’t mesh well with income standards that don’t take into account the cost of living and wages in resort towns. The Habitat dissolution letter pointed out that building lots in Steamboat begin at $120,000 and go up. Our search of buildable lots in Steamboat this week revealed one small lot on Penny Lane in West End Village listed for ...
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Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless 23.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The new One Home campaign promotes a longstanding project that offers extra incentives and financial security for King County landlords who agree to rent to the homeless or formerly homeless.
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Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless 23.11.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The new One Home campaign promotes a longstanding project that offers extra incentives and financial security for King County landlords who agree to rent to the homeless or formerly homeless.
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Aeon and partners remake a south Minneapolis intersection 23.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Aeon is working on the last of four housing developments that have transformed a once-blighted south Minneapolis intersection.
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House Republicans sue Obama over Affordable Care Act enactment 22.11.2014 LA Times: Business
After searching for months to find an attorney who would take their case, House Republicans made good on their threat to sue the Obama administration Friday, filing a lawsuit challenging the president's authority to enact key parts of the Affordable Care Act.
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Fox News Has An Uber Obsession With Jonathan Gruber 22.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Many in the political world recently distanced themselves from former Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber after videos of him calling the American people "stupid" surfaced this month. But he has found one friend -- Fox News. And they can’t stop talking about him. According to PunditFact , Fox News has mentioned Gruber’s name more than 779 times since Nov. 10. Other networks have sparingly mentioned Gruber, with MSNBC referring to him 79 times and CNN just 27 times. Seven videos have been unearthed of Gruber mocking the "stupidity" of voters and claiming the Obama administration misled people about certain parts of the Affordable Care Act . On Nov. 11, Gruber went on MSNBC saying he "basically spoke inappropriately." Since the videos were discovered, Fox News has been completely obsessed with Gruber-gate. Watch all their obsessiveness above, and read more about the Gruber controversy here ...
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The ACA-Gruber Connection Explained 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on health care, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, have overstated Gruber’s role, claiming he was “the architect” of the law. Those who worked closely on the law say he ran economic models to determine the outcome of certain proposals. Gruber’s ‘Stupidity’ Comment Earlier this month, video began circulating ...
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Affordable housing headed to St. Paul's Old Home Dairy 21.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The plan is to build 60 units of affordable housing — including seven apartments for people who have been homeless for a long time — at the former home of the Minnesota Milk Company on University Avenue.
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Manufactured housing: A strong consensus for energy savings and affordability 20.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC: Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.  (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this...
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Vermont Will Stop Paying Jonathan Gruber For Health Care Work 20.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Vermont officials said Wednesday they would stop paying Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber for consulting on the state health care system after videos surfaced recently of him suggesting that the ”stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the Affordable Care Act. Gruber, who helped the White House draft what has become known as Obamacare, had been paid $160,000 of a $400,000 Vermont contract to run economic models for a proposed health insurance system, the Burlington Free Press reported on Wednesday. Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform in Vermont, said in a statement that he expects Gruber to finish his work for the state, but would stop paying for his work. Miller added that the state would continue to issue paychecks to the graduate students working with Gruber. Gruber declined to comment, the Free Press reported. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Tuesday sought to distance himself from Gruber's videotaped remarks, but said the state needed the economist’s ...
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Obama, Michele Bachmann Make Competing Arguments On Obamacare 20.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . In the latest round of what’s-happening-to-health-care-premiums, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly claims that we’re seeing “huge increases” in employer-sponsored plans, while President Obama touts historically low health care inflation, which experts say is mainly due to the slow economy, not the health care law. Both Bachmann and Obama were making competing arguments about the success of the Affordable Care Act, specifically on costs to consumers. We’ll start with Bachmann, who made her comments on Fox News’ “ On the Record ” on Nov. 17. Bachmann: We are seeing huge increases in these premiums, not only in the Obamacare exchanges, but in the private market. Because remember, a lot of times it’s the private market where we are getting health care through our employers. It’s the private market that has to offset government programs, whether its Medicaid or whatever government program. So the costs are going through the roof. Her comment that ...
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Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill To Revamp Federal Child Care Aid 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Obama said the first revamping of the government's chief child care program in nearly two decades will improve safety and the quality of child care, plus give working parents more peace of mind. Lawmakers gave final approval to the legislation Monday in a rare bipartisan agreement for a Congress that's been dominated by partisan strife. "It shows that Democrats and Republicans, when it comes to making sure our kids are getting the best possible education, are united," Obama said, surrounded in the Oval Office by lawmakers from both parties who worked to get the legislation passed. As he signed the document using a tray of 10 pens, Obama said, "I love signing bills. I'd like to do it more often. What do you say, guys?" Under the $5.3 billion-a-year program, low-income parents ...
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Affordable apartments, theaters share stage in Capitol Hill complex 19.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
12th Avenue Arts blends affordable housing and theater, and may be a national model for urban cultural outposts.
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Affordable apartments, theaters share stage in Capitol Hill complex 19.11.2014 Seattle Times: Local
12th Avenue Arts blends affordable housing and theater, and may be a national model for urban cultural outposts.
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Barely 1 in 5 L.A. homes affordable to middle class, study finds 18.11.2014 LA Times: Business
The bad news: Los Angeles County is the second-least affordable housing market in the country for a middle-class family.
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Twin Cities ranked "most affordable” among largest metros for homebuyers 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Homes in the Twin Cities may not be cheap, but they’re affordable compared to other big metro areas when wages are considered.
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New Ad For Obamacare Is Genuinely Hilarious: 'You'll Be Okay, Probably' 18.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Let’s face it: Whoever has been attempting to market President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and its associated health insurance plans to a younger generation has had a pretty rough go of it . But a genuinely funny new ad from Get Covered Illinois , the state's health insurance marketplace, might just be the best attempt yet at catching the eye of younger, uninsured types. (At the very least, it’s better than a solid chunk of this season's “Saturday Night Live” sketches.) Outlining a tongue-in-cheek health care plan " based entirely on luck ," the ad shows 20- and 30-somethings galavanting around Chicago, wearing homemade neck braces, eyepatches and casts made of bubble wrap, cardboard and duct tape. “I just cross my fingers and hope for the best!” one of the characters in the ad says. "You'll be OK, probably," quips ...
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Twin Cities ranked most affordable for homebuyers 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The Minneapolis-St. Paul area ranks first among the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of home affordability, according to a new Interest.com report. The median household income in the Twin Cities metro exceeds the income required to purchase a median-priced home in the area by 23%. That’s a slight decline from last year, but still the best in the nation.
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Obama administration let opponents define the Affordable Care Act 17.11.2014 Health
Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.
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New report details rise of child homelessness in US, says more affordable housing needed 17.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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