Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nightmare on Main Street—October 29, Pittsburgh

From the Pennsylvania Health Access Network ( Carving Up Medicaid: A Scary Prospect for Seniors, People with Disabilities & Health Care Workers A possibility so frightening, we are doing the training in the daytime! Medicaid provides quality long-term care for … Continue reading

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Fracking in PA Poisoning Communities as Floodgates Open for Drilling on Campuses, Public Parks

By Steve Horn, posted at Pennsylvania recently passed Act 147 – also known as the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act – opening up the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on the campuses of its public universities. As noted in a recent post by DeSmog, … Continue reading

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5 Things You Need To Know About the 2011 Poverty Data

By Melissa Boteach See also: STATEMENT: Half in Ten Leaders on New Poverty Data and the Need for Urgent Action to Ensure Shared Economic Growth ( The U.S. Census Bureau today (September 12) released new data on poverty in 2011 … Continue reading

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Evidence of Continuing Income Inequality: A Response to the Census Bureau’s Poverty Data

By J. Herbert Nelson, Director, PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Sept. 12, 2012 This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011 (, the annual report sometimes referred to as the … Continue reading

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Census: Fewer Americans Lacked Health Insurance in 2011

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center ( Jointly released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center Affordable Care Act’s Coverage for Young Adults, Public Coverage for Children Helping Drive Trend HARRISBURG, PA (September 12, 2012) … Continue reading

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Sign On to a Principled Approach to Tax Reform

From the National Community Tax Coalition ( There is so much at stake for millions of hardworking families in the tax-policy and deficit-reduction discussions ramping up in Washington – especially as calls increase for tax reform. For example, the House … Continue reading

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Americans in Struggle Film Series—Philadelphia

From the Philadelphia Unemployment Project ( Film series presenting some of the great battles for justice and equality in American history Tuesdays 6 pm- 112 N. Broad St. 2nd Floor, Philadelphia Refreshments from 5:30- Brief discussion following the film Stonewall … Continue reading

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The State of Working Pennsylvania

From Keystone Research Center ( Posted by Mark Price at As we do each year around this time, the Keystone Research Center has released the State of Working Pennsylvania ( My co-author had an op-ed in the Patriot News where he … Continue reading

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Food Stamp Act Marks 48th Anniversary

Forty-eight years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 ( into law, signaling the start of what we now know as food stamps. The law “[a]uthorized a food stamp program to permit low income households to … Continue reading

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PennDOT Issuing Free Department of State Voter ID Cards at Driver Licensing Centers

NOTE: IDs will be requested but not required, for November 6 election. They will be required for future elections. Harrisburg – Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March, PennDOT has been working closely with the Department of … Continue reading

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