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Fixing Nature For Healthy Drinking Water: It's Not Cheap!

Daniel Moss | Posted 08.02.2016 | Green
Daniel Moss

The water crisis is making headlines from Mexico City to Flint, Michigan, and the idea of payment for environmental services dates back at least as far as the Dust Bowl.

Part Two: Ten Things You Should Know About Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Equal Justice Works | Posted 12.22.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

This is Part Two of a two-part series about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Be sure to check out Part One here! In Part One of this series, we talke...

Privatization Has Been a Colossal Flop

Allen Frances | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

We have to face the fact that our massive privatization of what once were government functions has been a failure. There are some public services that get really loused up when done privately and for profit.

4 Ways Mapping Has Transformed Public Services in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Modern digital mapping tools have transformed the potential of maps in urban development, allowing us to produce more detailed and sophisticated visualizations of cities. As access to these tools continues to expand, the resulting maps grow even richer.

Stolen Moment of the Week: Jo Firestone's Public Services at Littlefield

Mindy Tucker | Posted 05.05.2015 | Comedy
Mindy Tucker

Stolen Moment of the Week is a series featuring the work of photographer Mindy Tucker, who has been documenting the comedy scene in New York for the last seven years.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

12 Powerful Photos That Will Change The Way You Look At The World Cup

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

These photos say it all. The World Cup in Brazil this month is shining a global spotlight on the nation's wealth gap and mounting social unrest ove...

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Daniel Moss | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Daniel Moss

No army can win a war without good quality water. Dysentery took more lives in the U.S. Civil War than battle wounds. Likewise, the War on Poverty won't be won without healthy and affordable water.

Who Lands in the Safety Net?

Irv Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

It's not just a lack of empathy or understanding of the facts. It's about leadership and the failure of our leaders to temper ideology with pragmatism and acting for the greater good.

Fighting the GOP's Hateful Agenda - Without Hate

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are those on the Right who debase the currency of that four-letter word -- "evil" -- by using it against anyone who disagrees with them. But what word do you apply to people who deny food to hungry families, voting rights to minorities, or a chance for self-advancement to hard-working students from lower-income homes?

More Than 20 Cents: The Politics of Change in Brazil

T.A. Ridout | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
T.A. Ridout

Bus fares have been reduced in cities across Brazil, but the protests were never just about bus fare. They were about public services, corruption, and the framework of Brazil's democratic system. All three are intertwined. The protests have since calmed, but it is unlikely that they are finished.

The High Cost of Opportunity

Yvahn Martin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

The very definition of poverty is to be lacking the money to cover the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. If you can't do that, how can you choose to spend money to start a business?

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

Daniel Moss | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Daniel Moss

Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn't only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.

Voters Refuse to Tie Their Hands on State Revenues

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Johnson

Other efforts to raise new revenue fell short, such as proposed sales tax increases in Arizona and South Dakota. But on the whole, voters showed this week some important appreciation for the public services that their states provide.

Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.

WATCH: Local Fire Department To Charge For Medical Care

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.12.2012 | Business

Cash-strapped residents in one California town may soon think twice before calling 911. Folsom, California's fire department will begin to sort out...

Janell Ross

No-Tax Town Would Rather Die Than Levy | Janell Ross | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

In Youngtown, Ariz., city officials are contemplating the legal equivalent of shutting down. The city of about 6,500 people 30 minutes northwest o...

The Urgency of Metropolitan Broadband Strategies

John M. Eger | Posted 03.02.2012 | Technology
John M. Eger

In the new global economy, metropolitan regions are the new centers of commerce. Now more than ever, cities and counties within regions must work to...

The World's Newest Nations

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.

Laying-Off Teachers To Demonstrate How Much They Are Appreciated

David Coates | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

At what point will the president tell the speaker of the House of Representatives that teacher appreciation is vital to the long-term economic health of this country? That point ought to be now.

Soros: GOP Budget Cuts A 'Serious Brake' On The Economy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PARIS -- Public spending cuts forced by Congress would be a serious brake on U.S. economic growth, hitting jobs and demand, billionaire investor Georg...

The F Word: Public Workers Getting Snowed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

Non-New Yorkers gloat beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of the problems that are likely to be coming your way.