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Erie—a struggling corner of Pennsylvania’s struggling economy—appears to be back in the Democratic column, but how can we be sure? Read more

Politics

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Voters reject a constitutional amendment that would have ended tax refunds for state residents and re-directed those dollars to sectors in need of a fiscal infusion. Read more

Housing and Transportation

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Voters can’t fathom why a booming state doesn’t have great highways, transit, and public education—and in November, they’ll have a chance to fix them. Read more

Politics

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HUD has turned to the private market for money that legislators won’t provide. Read more

Housing

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The e-commerce giant has dropped $1.45 million to buy the Seattle City Council and blunt a vibrant working-class movement. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Led by Amazon, which has poured $1.4 million into defeating socialist and progressive candidates, the city’s corporate sector wants to stop dead any talk of higher taxes funding public services. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The strike has put 1 percent of the city’s workforce on the picket lines, and they want more than higher pay and smaller class sizes—they want a better life for their communities. Read more

Working in America

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A New York assemblyman proposes a new, statewide, public payment system that could uplift downtrodden communities. Read more

Economic Policy

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In an industry with lax enforcement of safety standards and where the companies in charge are let off the hook, worker deaths are all too common. Read more

Working in America

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Under current authority, the post office can expand its financial services options. A major postal workers union even has it in their bargaining contract. Read more

Day One Agenda

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Google partner Sidewalk Labs wants to remake the Toronto waterfront as a privately run digital development. It may really be a digital dystopia. Read more

Energy and the Environment

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By announcing it would not comply with a California law reclassifying its workers as employees, Uber is returning to the company’s time-honored tradition as a scofflaw. Read more

Law and Justice

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Inspired by a recent Kansas-Missouri pact, Garden State lawmakers may warm to reforms that scale back competition with New York and Pennsylvania over jobs. Read more

Housing and Transportation

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Some money-losing transit districts shift to ridesharing—but the cost for that may prove even greater. Read more

Housing and Transportation

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Why the failure to come up with a plan to revitalize the country’s infrastructure could force Washington to abandon funneling money into the auto-centric past and come up with a dynamic program of 21st-century solutions. Read more

Housing and Transportation

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As The Baltimore Sun wrote, it’s better to have a few rats than to be one. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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Some California cities may be willing to try them. Read more

Economic Policy

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The progression of the Fight for 15 from a left-wing community organization and a left-wing union to left-wing cities to left-wing states to the Democratic mainstream is representative of the broader transformation of the Democratic Party in recent years.  Read more

Working in America

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As construction booms in an increasingly progressive city, workers find the power to unionize in the otherwise non-union South. Read more

, Working in America

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No policy limits African American income, wealth, and education as thoroughly as housing segregation. Herewith, a plan to end it. Read more

Civil Rights in America