Monthly Archives: October 2010

News and Action Summary for Friday, October 29

Next Tuesday (November 2) is the mid-term election. Many of you may already have your minds made up on how you will vote, but the polling suggests a large percentage have not. If you are still uncertain, don’t miss the … Continue reading

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State Legislators Scored by Green Groups

From the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter (http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/):   Best, Worst Legislators Highlighted in New Rankings   (Harrisburg) – Sierra Club and Clean Water Action released today a new scorecard for all current Pennsylvania state legislators for their support for environmental … Continue reading

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Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

Shared by Faith in Public Life (http://www.faithinpubliclife.org):   By Laura Sullivan – NPR October 28, 2010   Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.   … Continue reading

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Report: How to Enact (and Maintain) Tax Reform

From Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ; http://www.ctj.org):   A new report from CTJ examines why tax reform is difficult to achieve, and too often short-lived.  In part because of the biases in favor of “tax expenditures” (i.e. special tax breaks), … Continue reading

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Update on Ozone and Air Quality—November 4, Carlisle

From the Clean Air Board of Central PA (http://www.cleanairboard.org):   An Update on Ozone and our Air Quality for the 2010 season will be the subject of the Clean Air Board Community meeting. The speaker is Meteorologist Sean Nolan from … Continue reading

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U.S. Now Ranks 49th in Life Expectancy

The United States currently ranks 49th in the world in overall life expectancy, according to a study published in the academic journal Health Affairs (http://www.healthcare-now.org/us-slips-to-49th-in-life-expectancy/), slipping dramatically during the last decade. The noteworthy decline is highlighted by the fact that … Continue reading

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Check out the Gubernatorial Candidates’ Positions on Sustainable Growth

From 10000 Friends of Pennsylvania (http://www.10000friends.org):   Pennsylvanians are increasingly cynical about politics and government. A majority in a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll have unfavorable views of both major political parties. Only half express even a fair amount of trust and … Continue reading

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Community Responders Network to Address Incidents of Intolerance

From the Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.tia-pa.org):   A Community Responders Network (CRN) has been created to provide leaders and concerned citizens in the Greater Harrisburg Area with guidance and procedures on dealing with the immediate impact of incidents of intolerance. … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Wage in Hard Times

From Let Justice Roll (http://www.letjusticeroll.org):   Amid the awful attacks on minimum wage this campaign season, we wanted to share some good news from a public opinion poll and spotlight our updated resource on why raising the minimum wage is … Continue reading

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Unemployment Would Be in Double Digits Across PA if Not For Federal Action on the Economy

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org):   Federal policies saved thousands of jobs in every region; regional unemployment would be 15% or higher in many parts of the state, new report finds   Nearly 400,000 more Pennsylvanians would … Continue reading

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