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  • Republican Lawmaker Pushes Tax-Per-Mile To Replace Gas Tax

    03/15/2018 12:07:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Tom Knighton
    Americans love their cars. The United States has one of the highest car ownership rates per capita in the world. We're a mobile culture and we like it that way. But a tax-per-mile plan being pushed by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri might have drivers re-thinking those weekend joyrides instead of feeling all the pain at the pump.
  • N.Y. Lawmakers Want to Make Tide Pods Look Less Edible

    02/07/2018 9:03:55 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 2/7/18
    New York state lawmakers want Tide to stop making its pods look so appealing. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Sen. Brad Hoylman proposed a bill Tuesday that would require Proctor & Gamble to individually wrap each pod and add warning labels to them, reports NBC New York. The lawmakers also want the pods to be made less colorful, claiming that their bright colors “can make them appealing to young children, adults with dementia, and those looking to take part in the internet trend known as ‘Tide Pod Challenge.’ That said, don’t expect a change anytime soon. Proctor & Gamble responded to...
  • New Mexico bill would force students to apply to college

    01/31/2018 3:56:58 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's high school juniors would be required to apply to at least one college or show they have committed to other post-high school plans as part of a new high school graduation requirement being pushed by two state lawmakers. The proposal is scheduled for its first legislative hearing on Thursday. If it eventually becomes law, New Mexico would be the first state to require post-high school plans of students, said Jennifer Zinth, who is the director of high school and STEM research at the Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based group that tracks education...
  • Seattle Soda Tax Not Doing Too Well

    01/31/2018 1:30:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The WasteWatcher (Citizens Against Government Waste) ^ | January 11, 2018 | Spencer Chretien
    While the rest of us were popping champagne to celebrate the arrival of 2018, Seattle greeted the New Year with a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages. It was needed, former Mayor Ed Murray once said, for a host of noble reasons: to reduce sugar consumption; to raise revenue for important projects like a year of “free” community college for all graduating public high school students; and, to subsidize purchases of healthy foods by low-income families.Before he resigned in disgrace over multiple allegations of personal misconduct, Murray considered the soda tax one of his greatest accomplishments, a “cutting...
  • Science Group Calls for a National Crackdown on Booze to Achieve 'Zero' DUI Deaths

    01/27/2018 7:20:45 AM PST · by JP1201 · 68 replies
    A new report issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem, urges a host of draconian measures in an effort to eliminate every alcohol-related driving death in the United States. The NAS report suggests that policy approaches expand dramatically from their present focus, preventing drunk driving, "to also encompass reducing drinking to the point of impairment"—the latter, in other words, targeting all drunkenness. Getting to zero, in the report's estimation, means a host of nefarious, neo-Prohibitionist approaches to alcohol regulation, including "lowering state per se laws...
  • U.K. government appoints 'Minister for Loneliness'

    01/18/2018 9:25:46 AM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 25 replies
    CTV News ^ | 01-17-2018 | Jackie Dunham
    In memory of British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in 2016, the U.K. government has announced the appointment of a new “Minister of Loneliness.” Conservative MP Tracey Crouch was named to the post by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. The recommendation for the appointment came from the Jo Cox Foundation, a registered charity that was set up in Cox’s memory after her death.
  • Amish Couple Required To Connect Property To Sewer System With Electric Pump

    01/09/2018 6:36:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    In Yoder v. Sugar Grove Area Sewer Authority, (Commonwlth. Ct. PA, Jan. 5, 2018), a Pennsylvania state appellate court, in a 2-1 decision, upheld the denial of an injunction sought by an Old Order Amish couple who object to the requirement that they connect to the local sewer system using an electric pump. The dispute has wound its way through the courts for over five years. (See prior related posting.) The majority said in part: Owners did not establish the injunction would not harm the public, or that the harm in denying the injunction outweighed the harm in granting it....
  • Community upset after HOA tells them to leave garage doors open or face $200 fine

    01/09/2018 7:02:20 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 149 replies
    WCMH4 via WNCN ^ | January 9, 2018 | Staff
    AUBURN, Calif. (WCMH) – Members of a California community are upset after their homeowners’ association told them they need to keep their garage doors open during the day. A list left with homeowners in the Auburn Greens subdivision is giving many residents a cause for concern. It mandates leaving garage doors up from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, KTXL reported. Residents who fail to keep their garage door up face a $200 fine and an administrative hearing. “I have nothing to hide. I understand that somebody had someone living in the garage. I don’t,” said Shelly Ia....
  • Poll: Kentuckians overwhelmingly back higher tobacco taxes

    01/05/2018 12:03:38 PM PST · by Drango · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | 1/4/18 | Marcus Green
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack has strong support from voters across the state, according to a poll released Thursday and funded by anti-smoking interests. In all, 69 percent of those surveyed in December said they favor higher per-pack taxes in an effort to reduce smoking and spend the extra revenue on state budget needs. A majority of residents in all parts of Kentucky back a tax increase, which advocates estimate will generate more than $266 million per year. The support ranges from 61 percent of residents in western Kentucky to 77 percent in...
  • Hey California, say farewell to your traditional incandescent light bulbs

    12/20/2017 11:59:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | December 20, 2017 | By PATRICK MAY
    They date back to the time of Thomas Edison. They’ve provided decades and decades of warm bright light to our homes and workplaces. And they’re about go bye-bye. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the humble everyday incandescent light bulb will continue on its long and steady fade into our collective memory. Manufacturers will no longer make the traditional 100-watt bulb and stores will eventually sell out of current supplies. Consumers will have to choose from more efficient bulbs that use no more than 72 watts, including halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents and light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs. This is not the first...
  • [UK] Government backs down on Universal Credit wait

    11/15/2017 6:56:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Beth Rigby
    The Government is to cut the controversial six-week wait for Universal Credit payments in the comings days in a bid to see off a Conservative rebellion. Universal Credit combines six benefits into one single benefit and is designed to simplify the welfare system and to "make work pay". It was the flagship welfare reform of David Cameron's coalition government, but has been plagued with delays since its inception and by criticism over its design. One flaw is the six-week wait time which has been criticised across the political divide amid concerns it is pushing claimants into arrears on rent and...
  • California promises free community college tuition, but how will it pay?

    11/13/2017 10:31:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 13, 2017 | By Barbara Harvey
    Weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 19, which waives fees for first-time freshmen at California community colleges, officials in the Los Rios Community College District are wondering where the money will come from to pay for the tuition breaks. AB 19 would expand upon the current fee waiver for low-income students, recently renamed the California Promise Grant. The new grant would waive the first year of fees for all first-time, full-time students attending a California community college, regardless of need. Los Rios supported the bill, but spokesman Gabe Ross recently expressed concern that money could wind up being diverted...
  • 64 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, 51 percent of Republicans

    10/25/2017 1:14:49 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 106 replies
    A new Gallup poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of the measure. The number is the highest level of support in nearly half a century of surveying adults on the issue, according to Gallup. Support has steadily increased in recent years, with the latest figure up 4 percentage points over last year and up 14 points from 2011. The poll also showed a majority of Republicans favoring legalization for the first time, with 51 percent expressing support. That number is up 9 percentage points from last year, according to Gallup.

    10/22/2017 10:11:49 AM PDT · by JP1201 · 79 replies
    With the horrific shooting that recently took place in Las Vegas, debates over gun control have been given center stage in our media and politics once again. And while every pundit seems to have their own surefire way of combatting gun violence, they all gloss over the elephant in the room. Which is, although mass shootings have taken on a repulsive popularity recently, the gun violence surrounding the War on Drugs has created more casualties than every mass shooting in the US combined. And despite the fact that these commentators tirelessly argue the merits and faults of one another’s ideas,...
  • Chicago's soda tax fizzled after 2 months. What does it mean for the anti-soda movement?

    10/11/2017 6:18:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Chicago Daily Herald ^ | October 11, 2017
    Less than two months after the country's largest soda tax went into effect, embattled lawmakers in Cook County are already poised to repeal it. The tax has been plagued, in its very short life, by legal challenges, implementation glitches and a screeching, multimillion-dollar media battle between the soda industry and public health groups. On Tuesday, in recognition of growing public pressure, Cook County's Board of Commissioners is expected to vote to roll back the tax, effective as soon as Dec. 1. Several Cook County commissioners who switched their votes in favor of repeal have cited outrage. "I listened to the...
  • Gatorade Banned and Fined $300k for Bad-Mouthing Water

    09/21/2017 8:36:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Ruth Brown
    Gatorade has been banned from insulting its main competitor — water — and fined $300,000 after it slandered nature’s sports drink in a video game, California’s Attorney General announced Thursday. AG Xavier Becerra sued the neon-colored beverage company over its cellphone game “Bolt!” in which players guide track star Usain Bolt around to collect coins and bottles of Gatorade but must avoid water — which slows the Olympian down.
  • San Francisco’s soda law blocked by appeals court

    09/20/2017 7:52:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2017 | By Bob Egelko
    San Francisco’s groundbreaking effort to curb soda consumption by requiring health warnings in display ads hit a judicial wall Tuesday when a federal appeals court barred enforcement, saying the messages were one-sided and would violate advertisers’ freedom of speech. The city ordinance, the first of its kind in the nation, was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2015 and was scheduled to take effect in July 2016 but has been put on hold by the courts during a legal challenge by the beverage industry. It would require display ads for sugar-sweetened drinks to devote 20 percent of their...
  • Providence elementary school students eat free this year

    08/31/2017 1:33:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    RI Future ^ | August 31, 2017 | By Bob Plain
    School meals will be free for every elementary school student in the Providence Public School District this year, according to a press release from PPSD. “Providence Public Schools are committed to creating educational environments that support health and wellness,” said School Board member Robert Gondola, the chairman of the board’s Health and Wellness Committee. “The decision to make all elementary school meals free to students removes the financial stress some families may feel and ensures that students have both breakfast and lunch readily available to them.” The meals will be paid for by the federal government through the Community Eligibility...
  • Millions in federal funds to encourage low-income Californians to shop at farmers markets

    08/09/2017 6:46:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 8, 2017 | By Hannah Knowles
    A $3.9 million federal grant awarded to the California Department of Food and Agriculture will help the state expand a program that encourages low-income people to shop at farmers markets, state officials announced this week. In July, the department launched the California Nutrition Incentive Program, or CNIP, which rewards recipients of CalFresh food stamps who buy fruits and vegetables grown in the state by doubling the value of their vouchers when they purchase at 339 farmers markets throughout the state. The program’s latest infusion of funds, a three-year Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, builds...
  • California colleges full of hungry students

    08/07/2017 12:50:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 91 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | August 7, 2017 | by Emily DeRuy
    A new Urban Institute study on food insecurity aims to measure just how many college students go hungry. And while the figures released by the Urban Institute may be alarming, critics say they are too low, especially when it comes to hunger on campuses throughout California. Right now, the process of applying for and receiving food can be confusing, students say, and many who got free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch as K-12 students suddenly find themselves struggling to navigate the system in college. In the last couple of years, the state has made it easier for students to apply...