Policy Voices

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Policy Voices is a collection of rss feeds from some of the political think tanks:

  • Center For American Progress (US)
  • Center for Effective Government (US)
  • Dogwood Initiative (BC)
  • Pembina Institute (CA)
  • Policy Note (BC)

(BC = British Columbia; CA = Canada; US = United States)

  • New Report, Interactive Map Show Widespread Inequality in Chemical Facility Dangers
    by sys_anon on January 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2016 — A new report and interactive map by the Center for Effective Government finds that people of color and poor residents are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than white and non-poor residents in the United States. All 50 states were graded based on these unequal dangers, and more than half of states received D’s or F’s. “Our nation’s chemical policies are failing to protect our most vulnerable populations,” said Ronald White, director of regulatory policy at the Center for Effective Government and one of the co-authors of the report. “These include children and the elderly, who are the most susceptible to chemical hazards and among the least able to evacuate should a disastrous release occur.” The report, Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards, looks at the 23 million residents living or attending school within one mile of facilities so hazardous they are included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program. Residents with incomes below the poverty line and people of color – especially children – face the greatest dangers. People of color make up nearly half the population near dangerous facilities (11.4 million), and they are almost twice as likely as whites to live near these facilities. Nearly one in 10 U.S. schoolchildren (4.9 million) attends one of the 12,000 schools that are located within one mile of a dangerous chemical facility. The greatest disparities are among poor children of color. For example, poor Latino children are almost twice as likely to live near dangerous facilities as poor white children are. According to Michele Roberts, national co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, "It is important that this report is being released at the celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still, today, we ask, how long must race be a factor and how many lives must be tragically lost in order to get the justice our communities deserve?" These racial and income inequalities exist across most states. Massachusetts and Wisconsin received F’s, and an additional 26 states (primarily in the Southeast and Midwest) received D’s. Only one state – New Hampshire – received an A, in part because it has so few hazardous facilities. We can do better. The most important step is for the EPA to require all facilities to shift to safer chemicals and technologies where feasible. Many facilities (including all of Clorox’s bleach manufacturing plants) have done so voluntarily, removing the danger to millions of residents. However, until companies are required to do so, most will conduct “business as usual” and continue to put communities in danger. State and local governments must also be part of the solution. State and municipal governments should conduct assessments to gauge the potential impact of hazardous chemical facilities on fenceline communities; examine possible disparate impacts on people of color, poor residents, and other environmental justice communities; and require “buffer zones” between these facilities and homes or schools. “We have the solutions at hand. Let’s act now to prevent yet another catastrophic chemical disaster,” said Amanda Starbuck, policy analyst at the Center for Effective Government and a report co-author. The report, interactive map, and a set of state factsheets are available at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/shadow-of-danger.   # # #   The Center for Effective Government is dedicated to advancing a government that protects people and the environment and encourages an engaged, informed citizenry. Find the Center for Effective Government on Facebook and Twitter. […]

  • Report: 100 CEOs have as much in retirement assets as 41% of American families
    by sys_anon on October 28, 2015 at 4:01 am

    For Immediate Release Contact: Sabrina E. Williams, Center for Effective Government, (202) 683-4883 or swilliams@foreffectivegov.org. Report: 100 CEOs have as much in retirement assets as 41% of American families WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 – A just-released report by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies, A Tale of Two Retirements, is the first to provide detailed statistics on the staggering gap between the retirement assets of Fortune 500 CEOs and the rest of America. The report’s major finding: just 100 CEOs have as much in their company retirement assets as the entire retirement savings of 41 percent of American families (50 million families total). The report comes on the heels of a Social Security Administration announcement that beneficiaries will not receive a cost of living increase in 2016. The full 30-page report and related graphics are available at: http://www.foreffectivegov.org/two-retirements Additional key findings from A Tale of Two Retirements: More on the top 100 The 100 largest CEO retirement accounts are worth an average of more than $49.3 million—enough to generate a $277,686 monthly retirement check for each executive for the rest of their lives. David Novak of YUM Brands (who was CEO in 2014 and has since become Executive Chairman) had the largest retirement nest egg, with $234 million. Hundreds of thousands of YUM employees at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC have no company retirement assets whatsoever. Special tax-deferred compensation accounts Fortune 500 CEOs have $3.2 billion in special tax-deferred compensation accounts that are exempt from the annual contribution limits imposed on ordinary 401(k)s. In 2014, these CEOs saved $78 million on their tax bills by putting $197 million more in these tax-deferred accounts than they could have if they were subject to the same rules as other workers. These special accounts grow tax-free until the executives retire and begin to withdraw the funds. Government contractors Fifteen CEOs of major federal contractors can expect to receive monthly retirement checks that are larger than President Obama is set to receive. David Cote of Honeywell has the largest retirement account, with $168 million. This will deliver him a monthly check of more than $950,000—56 times larger than the $16,975 monthly check President Obama will receive. Gender and race gaps The 10 largest CEO retirement funds—all held by white males—add up to $1.4 billion, compared to $280 million for the 10 largest held by female CEOs, and $196 million for the 10 largest held by CEOs who are people of color. Among ordinary Americans, 62 percent of working age African-Americans and 69 percent of Latinos have no retirement savings, compared to just 37 percent of white workers. “The CEOs’ extraordinary nest eggs are not the result of extraordinary performance,” notes Scott Klinger, director of Revenue and Spending Policies at the Center for Effective Government. “They are the result of rules intentionally tipped to reward those already on the highest rungs of the ladder.” “The CEO-worker retirement divide has turned our country’s already extreme income divide into an even wider economic chasm,” says Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies Global Economy Project director. “And what few realize is that the trends of expanding CEO pensions and increasing worker retirement insecurity are inextricably linked.” The percentage of private sector workers covered by a defined benefit pension, which guarantees monthly payments, has dropped from 35 percent in the early 1990s to 18 percent last year. Nearly half of all working age Americans have no access to any retirement plan at work. The report examines various policy shifts that have favored corporate executives and identifies reforms to limit CEO retirement subsidies and ensure a dignified retirement for ordinary Americans. ###   Report co-authors: Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS-DC.org). She has co-authored 22 IPS annual reports on executive compensation and regularly contributes commentaries on this issue to Fortune.com, Huffington Post, CNBC.com, and other publications. Contact: sarah@ips-dc.org, 202 787-5227. Scott Klinger is Director of Revenue and Spending Policies at the Center for Effective Government. He crafted the first shareholder proposals on executive pay while working as a social investment portfolio manager. Scott is a CFA charterholder. Contact: sklinger@foreffectivegov.org This is Anderson and Klinger’s third joint report on executive retirement assets. Previous reports have received coverage in the Washington Post, CNN Money, Los Angeles Times, and Fortune, among other outlets. […]

  • EPA to Propose Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution
    by sys_anon on October 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Categories: Citizen Health & Safety For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Pelton, Environmental Integrity Project, (202) 888-2703 or tpelton@environmentalintegrity.org Contact: Sabrina E. Williams, Center for Effective Government, (202) 683-4883 or swilliams@foreffectivegov.org   EPA to Propose Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution   WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015 – In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 551 plants processed more than 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014, a record high and 32 percent increase over the last 10 years. EPA estimates that more than half of these plants would meet the size thresholds for reporting benzene (a carcinogen) as well as formaldehyde, hexane, and other toxic air and water pollution to the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI is an online public database to which most other industries have had to report for more than 20 years. EPA revealed its decision in a letter sent via email yesterday to the Environmental Integrity Project and nine partner organizations that sued the agency in January 2015 over its decades-long failure to require the oil and gas extraction industry its pollution to the federal government and public. The lawsuit followed an October 2012 petition in which EIP and seventeen co-petitioner organizations requested that EPA add the industry to the TRI. “The oil and gas industry releases an enormous amount of toxic pollutants every year, second only to power plants in emissions,” said Adam Kron, attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project. “With this decision, EPA is taking an important step in the right direction. Public reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory allows communities to measure environmental impacts and plan for their future. It also motivates companies to reduce their toxic footprint, and provides insight into how well our environmental laws are working.” The Environmental Integrity Project had filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Effective Government, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), the Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthworks, the Responsible Drilling Alliance, and Texas Campaign for the Environment. In April, EPA committed that it would provide a formal response to the petition by October 30, 2015. “Communities near drilling deserve to know which toxic chemicals the oil and gas industry releases,” said Aaron Mintzes, policy advocate for Earthworks. “EPA's decision today will help hold this industry accountable. While we prefer EPA require reporting industry-wide, this step will provide the public a better understanding of the toxic contaminates in their communities.” Under EPA’s forthcoming proposal, gas processing plants would have to start reporting their emissions of toxic chemicals including xylenes (which can cause breathing problems, headaches, and fatigue), formaldehyde (which is a carcinogen and damages the respiratory system) and benzene (which can cause cancer). EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote in her response to the environmental organizations: “The addition of natural gas processing facilities to TRI would meaningfully increase the information available to the public and further the purposes of (the TRI law) EPCRA § 313.” She added: “EPA estimates that natural gas processing facilities in the U.S. manufacture, process, or otherwise use more than 25 different TRl-listed chemicals.” Not included in EPA’s decision are well sites, compressor stations, pipelines, and other smaller facilities that employ fewer than 10 people. Congress established the Toxic Release Inventory in 1986 to inform the public about the release of sometimes carcinogenic chemicals (such as benzene) from industries in the wake of the deadly 1984 Bhopal disaster in India, in which toxic gases killed thousands of local residents. “The TRI is a critical tool for providing pollution information to the public,” said John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator for Clean Water Action. “Communities have a right to know about oil and gas related impacts on water, air and land.” In 2012, EPA estimated that the oil and gas extraction industry emits at least 127,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants every year, all of which are TRI-listed chemicals. Based on these estimates, the oil and gas extraction industry releases more toxic pollution to the air than any other industry except for power plants. “EPA’s decision to propose adding natural gas processing plants to the list of industries covered by Toxics Release Inventory reporting will add significantly to the public’s understanding of the toxic chemicals released by these facilities into the environment,” said George Jugovic, Jr., chief counsel at PennFuture. “It is important that the public continue to demand complete transparency about the nature and level of toxic chemicals released by the shale gas industry, from beginning to end.” For a listing of the locations of natural gas processing facilities across the U.S., see the chart (from the Energy Information Administration) attached with this press released. Or visit EIA’s website. MORE QUOTES FROM ORGANIZATIONS THAT PETITIONED OR SUED EPA FOR THE EXPANDED REPORTING: Michael Helfrich, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, said: “We are proud to be standing with so many strong advocates whose work has resulted in better oversight of one of the fastest growing pollution sectors in the Susquehanna Watershed. The federal government must take stronger steps to protect our families." Anne Havemann, general counsel for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, said. "Finally, the EPA will start the process of holding the oil and gas industry accountable to the same standards of transparency as other highly polluting industries. But the EPA must go further. Recent studies indicate that fracking operations upwind are already polluting the air of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Gas companies are proposing a slew of new pipelines, compressor stations, and export facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our communities have a right to know the full picture of pollution risks we face." Joseph Otis Minott, Executive Director and Chief Counsel of Clean Air Council, said: “EPA’s decision will help protect the health and welfare of communities throughout Pennsylvania. Knowing the toxics emissions coming from natural gas processing plants will allow a better informed constituency to be more effective in protecting itself.” Barbara Jarmoska, treasurer of the Responsible Drilling Alliance, said: “Increased and regular reporting by facilities in the oil and gas industry is of paramount importance. While EPA’s proposal for processing plants is progress, those of us living atop the Marcellus Shale where unconventional drilling pads and compressor stations abound are disappointed by EPA's decision not to include those facilities.” Katherine McFate, President of Center for Effective Government, said: “Although we would prefer broader oversight of the gas and petroleum industry, this is ruling is a major advance in the fight to improve health and safety and environmental standards. For the first time in 20 years, the EPA his agreed to start a rulemaking that would require natural gas processing plants to publicly report their toxic emissions to the federal government's Toxic Release Inventory.” ### […]

  • New Report Finds Chemical Industry Is “Blowing Smoke” When It Claims Self-Regulation Works
    by sys_anon on October 22, 2015 at 4:00 am

    For Immediate Release Contact: Sabrina E. Williams, 202/683-4883, swilliams@foreffectivegov.org   New Report Finds Chemical Industry Is “Blowing Smoke”  When It Claims Self-Regulation Works Seven "Responsible Care®” Program Companies – including Six Profitable American Chemistry Council Board Members – Own and Operate Facilities with Multiple Serious Violations of Worker Safety and Environmental Rules   WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015—In a new report and interactive map released today, Blowing Smoke, the Center for Effective Government finds that a significant number of chemical manufacturing facilities are endangering workers and our environment, despite what the chemical industry tells policymakers, regulators, and the American public. "Every two days, there is a reportable leak or explosion at a U.S. chemical plant," said Katherine McFate, president and CEO of the Center for Effective Government. "But the chemical industry keeps telling us companies can regulate themselves and no new oversight is needed." The chemical industry spends tens of millions of dollars a year fighting bills and standards designed to better protect the workers in their facilities and the communities nearby. For more than a quarter century, the industry’s trade association, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), has operated a voluntary program that it claims can improve industry performance and safety without new requirements to shift to safer substances and production processes when they are available. New data, compiled and analyzed by the Center for Effective Government (CEG), calls these industry promises into question. In Blowing Smoke: Chemical Companies Say “Trust Us,” But Environmental and Workplace Safety Violations Belie their Rhetoric, CEG looks critically at enforcement data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The data was prepared in coordination with the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First. The report identifies four problems with our nation’s system of regulating chemicals: Too few chemicals have been tested for safety. Of the 84,000 chemicals registered for commercial use today, government agencies have tested only 250 and restricted the use of only nine. Too few chemical manufacturing facilities are inspected. Just 42 percent of our nation’s active chemical manufacturing plants have been inspected in the last three to five years. A quarter of the chemical manufacturing facilities that were inspected had serious environmental or workplace safety violations. The resources of our state and local enforcement agencies are being reduced, even though the number of older production facilities is growing, increasing their risk to workers and communities. EPA and OSHA have had their enforcement budgets cut by 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively, since 2010. Companies and facilities are inadequately penalized when violations are identified. Even when a worker is killed on the job, the maximum fine OSHA can impose on a facility is $70,000 per violation. In FY 2014, the average fine following a worker's death was just above $5,000, a small cost of doing business for chemical companies that make billions in profits. This weak regulatory system puts workers and nearby communities at risk. We found 1,483 chemical manufacturing facilities with serious workplace or environmental violations in the past three to five years operating in communities in almost every state; 64 of these facilities had more than 20 serious violations each. (See our map to see if one of these worst offenders is near you). In fact, seven manufacturing facilities had more than 50 serious violations each.  Twelve large chemical companies own 89 chemical manufacturing facilities with multiple serious workplace safety and environmental violations; together, they were responsible for 644 serious violations of workplace or environmental rules. (58 percent of manufacturing facilities were not inspected during this time, so these numbers are very likely an undercount of actual violations.) Seven members of the American Chemistry Council, including six of its board members (DuPont, Dow Chemical, Honeywell International, BASF, Chemtura, and Arkema) were among the dozen companies. One hundred twenty-five serious violations were found at the inspected plants owned by DuPont, 78 at Arkema's inspected plants, and 49 at Mitsubishi's inspected plants. Each of these companies is an ACC member, and as such is supposed to operate facilities according to Responsible Care® guidelines. “The Responsible Care® program at the ACC is not working. Self-regulation leaves workers and communities at risk,” said Brian Gumm, author of the report and senior policy analyst with CEG. "The environmental and workplace safety violations at these facilities are clear evidence that we need to strengthen enforcement of our nation's existing chemical safety policies and require the use of safer substances and manufacturing processes to reduce the risks of harm to American workers and people in communities near these plants." CEG recommends four solutions: Require all companies to shift to safer chemicals and technologies. The best and most effective way for EPA and OSHA to prevent injuries, deaths, and chemical disasters is to require chemical companies and facilities to switch to inherently safer chemicals and technologies when they are available. Expand the number of chemical manufacturing facilities that are regularly inspected. Significantly increase the financial and criminal penalties for violating safety and environmental standards to create a real deterrent for risky corporate behavior. Make more information more accessible and available to workers, residents, and citizen groups in order to hold the owners of risky facilities more accountable to ordinary American workers and consumers. The report and interactive map are available at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blowing-smoke. Look for the release of a new database, the Violation Tracker, from Good Jobs First next week.   # # # […]

  • Poll Shows Bi-Partisan Support for New Rules to Prevent Chemical Disasters
    by admin on October 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    For Immediate Release Contact: Sabrina E. Williams, 202/683-4883, swilliams@foreffectivegov.org   Poll Shows Bi-Partisan Support for New Rules to Prevent Chemical Disasters But Will EPA Fall Short? October 8, 2015 As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers new chemical plant safety rules, a new national survey of likely 2016 voters shows strong support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents for policies that would eliminate catastrophic hazards. Strong majorities across gender, age, race, partisanship, and region support new requirements to use safer chemicals and processes. Overall 79 percent of likely voters support these new requirements and only 17 percent oppose them: Democrats: 88 percent support, 76 percent strongly Independents: 77 percent support, 60 percent strongly Republicans: 70 percent support, 49 percent strongly Since the deadly 2013 West, Texas fertilizer disaster 82 people have been killed and 1,600 injured in over 400 chemical plant incidents. According to facility reports to the EPA, over 100 million Americans still live in chemical hazard zones. In addition to putting facility employees at risk, communities closest to hazardous facilities are disproportionately African American and Latino. In an October 8th letter to President Obama, leaders of the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters cited the new polling results and warned the President that his August 2013 Executive Order (#13650) directing EPA and other agencies to modernize their regulations has yet to yield new safety regulations. In their letter to the President the groups said: “We fear that the EPA may fall far short of the prevention policies you advocated for in the Senate, and the principles your administration advanced on Capitol Hill. Primary among those principles were requirements to use safer chemical processes or inherently safer technologies (IST) where feasible.” “It is essential that the EPA make cost-effective inherently safer technologies (IST) requirements an integral part of any revision of its Risk Management Program (RMP) to eliminate the many catastrophic hazards faced by workers and communities across the U.S. The groups also reminded the President that cost-effective safer alternatives are widely available (eg., Washington, D.C.’s waste water treatment plant and all U.S. Clorox facilities have converted), but new requirements are needed to ensure their use. The poll was done by Lake Research Partners on behalf of the BlueGreen Alliance, Center for Effective Government, Communications Workers of America, Greenpeace, Union of Concerned Scientists and the United Steelworkers. ### Contact: Eric Steen, Director of CommunicationsBlueGreen Alliance (612) 325-6110 (c)Erics@bluegreenalliance.org Sabrina Williams, Communications DirectorCenter for Effective Government (202) 683-4883swilliams@foreffectivegov.org Candice Johnson, Director, Communications DepartmentCommunications Workers of America 202-434-1347cjohnson@cwa-union.org Rick Hind, Legislative DirectorGreenpeace (202) 413-8513Rick.hind@greenpeace.org Seth Michaels, Communications OfficerUnion of Concerned Scientists 202-331-5662smichaels@ucsusa.org Michael J. Wright, Director of Health, Safety and EnvironmentUnited Steelworkers (412) 562-2580mwright@usw.org Lake Research Partner designed this survey, which reached a total of 1,009 adults nationwide in the continental United States (508 by landline, and 501 by cell phone), including 794 likely voters. It was conducted from August 20-23, 2015, and has a margin of error among adults of +/-3.1% and among likely voters of +/-3.5%, both at the 95% confidence interval. The margin of error is higher among subgroups. Poll Memo:http://www.lakeresearch.com/images/share/memo.ChemicalFacilitySafety.F.100815.pdf Poll Power point:http://www.lakeresearch.com/images/share/report.ChemicalFacility.Omnibus.FRev.100815.pdf https://preventchemicaldisasters.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/coalition-ltr-to-obama-2015-final.pdf http://preventchemicaldisasters.org/resources/158971-2/ http://comingcleaninc.org/whats-new/whos-in-danger-report#sthash.kzGJ9WDF.dpuf […]

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  • Podcast for February 2017: Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, British Columbians make the call
    by Kai Nagata on February 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Preparations are underway for the Citizens’ Initiative. Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson, Dogwood’s Tankers campaigner Sophie Harrison, Fight HST campaigner Cheryl Baron and North Island organizer Dave Mills join Kai Nagata to chat about their parts in the plan to stop Kinder Morgan. Also, Ban Big Money campaigner Lisa Sammartino breaks down the new political donation […] The post Podcast for February 2017: Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, British Columbians make the call appeared first on Dogwood. […]

  • That ship has sailed: federal review of Massey Bridge denied
    by Arie Ross on February 22, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Federal intervention on Massey Bridge replacement called for by local electeds denied once again, disappoints locals Maybe this is blatantly obvious given the federal approval of Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, but so much for “only communities grant permission”, Prime Minister Trudeau. Regional governments asked the federal government to conduct an Environmental Assessment […] The post That ship has sailed: federal review of Massey Bridge denied appeared first on Dogwood. […]

  • They didn’t even read the Ministerial Panel report?!
    by Emily Glass on February 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    More broken consultation, more disrespect for British Columbians I came to Dogwood as a volunteer in the summer of 2014. Growing up in North Vancouver, I was pretty aware of what B.C. had to offer on the nature front, but not what made it unique politically. I went on exchange to France in my third […] The post They didn’t even read the Ministerial Panel report?! appeared first on Dogwood. […]

  • Dogwood now accepts bitcoin donations
    by Aiden Abram on February 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    We’ve caught up with 2014 (ha, ha) and Dogwood now accepts Bitcoin donations through BitPay! What IS Bitcoin? Basically, it’s an online currency not attached to a government or a bank, using cryptography to secure communications instead. To prevent cheating, all transactions are recorded on a public ledger verified by many computers around the world so […] The post Dogwood now accepts bitcoin donations appeared first on Dogwood. […]

  • One last chance before election to Get Big Money Out Of Politics
    by Lisa Sammartino on February 16, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2017 One last chance before election to Get Big Money Out Of Politics Dogwood encourages constituents to contact MLAs in support of reform VICTORIA — B.C.’s largest citizen engagement group today applauded the introduction of election reform bills from MLAs John Horgan and Vicki Huntington. “86 per cent of British […] The post One last chance before election to Get Big Money Out Of Politics appeared first on Dogwood. […]

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  • Highlights from BC Budget 2017
    by Iglika Ivanova and Alex Hemingway on February 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    The 2017 BC Budget was just released; here’s our analysis so far: MSP goes down for families with income under $120,000 MSP premiums are going to be cut in half for families with incomes under $120,000 as of January 2018. Essentially, BC Budget 2017 reverses the MSP increases this government implemented over the last 15... View Artic […]

  • What you need to know about the provincial debt
    by Iglika Ivanova on February 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    One of the more memorable promises Premier Clark made in the last election was the one of a debt-free BC (in 20 years or so). So it’s understandable that people are interested in what has happened to BC’s debt since then. Provincial debt has increased from $60.7 billion in 2013/2014 to an estimated $69.8 billion... View Artic […]

  • Tax fairness in BC? Hardly
    by Alex Hemingway and Iglika Ivanova on February 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Tax cuts disproportionately benefitted the richest 1% of British Columbians, write @IglikaIvanova & @1alexhemingway: https://t.co/iZbcztdPem pic.twitter.com/BavNnT2WWp — The CCPA–BC (@CCPA_BC) February 16, 2017 As we wait to hear more about the tax cuts coming in BC Budget 2017, it is important to remember what has happened to our provincial tax system over the past 16... View Artic […]

  • The problem with tax cuts: The promise doesn’t match the reality
    by Iglika Ivanova on February 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    The big news item in yesterday’s BC throne speech was that the Premier’s plan to relieve affordability pressures for families will include tax cuts of some sort. The problem with this plan: the inevitable flip side of tax cuts is lost public revenues. And while most governments—including Clark’s—promise that tax cuts won’t affect public services, the reality... View Artic […]

  • The rise and fall of climate action in BC
    by Marc Lee on February 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It was a decade ago, in the February 13, 2007 Speech from the Throne, when the BC government launched into a frenzy of climate action never before seen in the province. Almost all of the BC government’s current “climate leadership” claims – so heavily promoted in a pre-election advertising spree – came out of a... View Artic […]

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