Month: October 2013

The Federal Government Shutdown: Its Impact on the Nation’s Poor and Elderly

In a previous blog we wrote about the impact of the federal shutdown on workers, and the fact that unemployment is likely to spike as both public and private sector workers temporarily lose their jobs. But sadly, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on our

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Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs in Danger of Shutting Down

A week ago, we thought that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), were safe from the impacts of the federal government shutdown. Now, we’re not so sure. As the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will

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Solar Energy Shines its Way into the Mainstream

News Flash! The more electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, the less need there is to “build big new power plants and transmission lines.” Yes, that’s exactly the point of why this country should invest in solar technologies, and why many consumers already have invested in solar panels for their homes and businesses.

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Shutdown Means A Road Less Traveled for Furloughed Workers

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, cities are already starting to feel the impacts on transportation infrastructure. If Congress cannot come to an agreement quickly, city residents will be increasingly affected by the loss of federal transportation dollars, and the lack of federal personnel on the

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Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance: Why Are Cities Involved?

With all of the attention on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some people may not know that millions of children and families are currently eligible for but not enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Although there are provisions in the ACA that will subsidize the purchase of private health insurance coverage

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HUD Secretary Donovan: “Communities are assets to be built on”

Recently in Atlanta, federal, state, and local officials joined advocates and local practitioners to discuss solutions to housing issues facing communities across the country. During the event, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan spoke about the Administration’s recognition that housing is one of the primary pillars needed to help grow the middle class.

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Government Shutdown Puts America’s Waterways in Jeopardy

It’s now day two of the federal government shutdown, and many city leaders and residents are still wondering what the impact will be on their communities. Certainly, the shuttering of national parks throughout the country as well as the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo here in Washington, DC (not to mention the Panda Cam!)

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Congress: Take a Page from Cities and Lead

This post was written by Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. This government shutdown is appalling. First, we hoped it wouldn’t happen and that Congress would arrive at a common sense solution at the last minute. Now, we simply hope it won’t last too long. This is government by manufactured crisis,

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