Archive for the ‘Economy/Finance’ Category

The Telecom Astroturf Lobby

Posted on: September 11th, 2013 by Eli Clifton 2 Comments
Verizon building

Verizon building (Flickr/gt8073a).

When the telecommunications industry sought federal rules that would allow it to charge customers more for high bandwidth products such as Hulu or Netflix than for other web services, there was no mystery in its motive: big money. Federal regulators stopped the move on grounds that it would hurt consumers and the industry lashed back with an expected army of lobbyists. It also quietly pursued another strategy that has not previously been reported: the creation of an elaborate illusion of grassroots support for protecting the telecommunications industry’s profits. (more…)

Sequester could lead to massive cuts in HIV testing, treatment

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is among the many federal programs that will take a hit if $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts go through March 1, and those cuts could potentially lead to an increase in HIV transmission, the White House said Sunday in a report on the anticipated state-by-state impacts of the so-called sequester. (more…)

The conservative push to end NC’s income tax

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Siddhartha Mahanta 2 Comments

Republicans in North Carolina haven’t had it this good since 1870. That’s the last time they controlled both the state’s legislative and executive branches.

And they’re getting right down to business, pledging in interviews with local papers to pursue corporate and personal tax reform. (more…)

Arthur Laffer’s dynamic roadshow

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Siddhartha Mahanta 1 Comment

On January 19 of this year, Kansas state Sen. Julia Lynn offered an exuberant greeting to renowned tax-cutting enthusiast Arthur Laffer. “What an honor and privilege to have you here in Kansas,” Lynn said, welcoming the fabled former Reagan economic advisor to an informational meeting of the senate’s assessment and taxation committee. Les Donovan, the committee chair, raised the roof for their “special guest who has proven expertise in the field of economics going back decades.” (more…)

‘Why are they making this more difficult for us?’

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by Mary Tuma 4 Comments

Crystal Gonzalez sits in a McAllen, Texas, coffee shop while searching for a new health care provider. Photo by Mary Tuma.

When Texas decided to exclude Planned Parenthood clinics from its Medicaid-funded women’s health care program, women like Crystal Gonzalez were left scrambling for a new provider. (more…)

Advocates declare victory in Intel/Boy Scout funding campaign

Posted on: September 22nd, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Zach Wahls, Scouts for Equality

LGBT-rights advocates have declared victory in their campaign to get Intel to stop funding the Boy Scouts of America until that organization eliminates its policy of excluding gays and lesbians.


Big telecom pushes de-regulation bill in California

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Siddhartha Mahanta 1 Comment

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California could be the latest state to enact a law that dramatically curbs regulatory oversight of telecommunications services in the state, handing a significant victory to the industry players that have lobbied for the bill’s passage. (more…)

Calif. cracks down on aid to for-profit colleges

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by Sarah Pavlus 3 Comments

The University of Phoenix campus in Washington, D.C. The American Independent.

California lawmakers dealt a blow to the for-profit college industry last week by disqualifying poorly performing schools from a key state financial aid program. (more…)