A New Americanism: Why a Nation Needs a National Story

A New Americanism: Why a Nation Needs a National Story, by Jill Lepore, March/April 2019 Issue, Foreign Affairs In 1986, the Pulitzer Prize–winning, bowtie-wearing Stanford historian Carl Degler delivered something other than the usual pipe-smoking, scotch-on-the-rocks, after-dinner disquisition that had plagued the evening program of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association for nearly all of its centurylong history. Instead, Degler, a …

2019 New Hampshire Bill Establishing a Public Bank

HB 367-FN – AS INTRODUCED 2019 SESSION 19-0146 11/08 HOUSE BILL 367-FN AN ACT establishing a state bank. SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr. 24; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6  COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs —————————————————————– ANALYSIS This bill establishes a state bank. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – …

Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

Coal miners stripped of benefits by mine owners, despite agreements

Who else might like Medicare for All? Retired coal miners who just had their health benefits ripped away. Common Dreams: “On Friday, a ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Texas showed why retired coal miners led to believe their health benefits would be with them for life were wrong and at least one advocate for Medicare for All noted …

Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

Can road pricing make transit more equitable if income is used for free transit, walk and bike infrastructure improvements?

Can road pricing be used to make LA’s transportation system more equitable? By Rayla Bellis, SSTI, February 11th, 2019 Tags: equity, road pricing California nonprofit TransForm and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released a new report and toolkit with guidance for bringing equity into the implementation of congestion pricing. While conversations about congestion pricing and equity often focus on minimizing the negative—reducing disproportionate impacts to …

Leaked wikileaks doc reveals US military use of IMF, World Bank as “unconventional” weapons

By Whitney Webb, Mintpressnews.com, February 8, 2019  This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will. WASHINGTON – In a leaked military manual …

Washington bill would require EVs for new state fleet vehicles, with local fleets to follow

Editorial: State should recommit to electric vehicle fleets HB 1832 would require electric vehicles for state government fleets’ passenger and light-duty vehicles, beginning with model year 2023; and 2026 for heavy-duty vehicles. Local governments would have to make the switch by 2025 for passenger and light-duty and 2027 for heavy-duty. Until then, the Department of Enterprise Services would be tasked with …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …