IN THE NEWS

Below are recent editorial opinions written by LeeAnn Hall, executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society and other staff.  This page also includes a selection of media reports featuring research by the Alliance, as well as interviews with LeeAnn Hall, Alliance staff, and our state affiliates.


2016

Supreme Obstruction: Senate Leaders Want a Constitutional Shutdown
By LeeAnn Hall and Fred Azcarate
The Hill

Cracking Down on Abusive Debt Collectors
By LeeAnn Hall
Feb. 10, 2016
Truthout
Common Dreams
Floyd County Times
Mason City Globe Gazette

Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016
By Jill Reese
Jan 14, 2016
Truthout
Floyd County Times
Fort Stockton Pioneer Press

Home Care Workers Deserve Living Wages
By Lori Swartz
Jan. 11, 2016
Billings Gazette

Jobs After Jail: Ending the Prison to Poverty Pipeline

Expanding Access to Good Jobs After Jail
Feb. 26, 2016
Facing South

Jobs After Jail: State Regulation Bar Formerly Incarcerated Workers From Good Jobs
Feb. 26, 2016
Seattle Medium

New Study Enumerates Barriers for Those With Criminal Records
Feb. 26, 2016
People’s World

There Are 6,293 Barriers Standing Between Ex-Offenders and Meaningful Employment
Feb. 24, 2016
Colorlines

Jobs After Jail: Ending the Prison to Poverty Pipeline
Feb. 23, 2016
Common Dreams

Louisiana’s Felons Face the Most Employment Obstacles in the U.S.
February 23, 2016
Nola.com
Times-Picayune

Radio:

Louisiana Public Radio Network

Black Agenda Reports

Unfair, Deceptive & Abusive – Debt Collectors

When Collectors Call, Demand Proof of Your Debt
January 26, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Chicago Tribune
The Detroit News
The Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
Cable One

Debt Collector Draws Nation’s Most Complaints
January 27, 2016
San Diego Tribune
Bloomberg Business
ArcaMax
Tribune Media Group

Lawmakers Push for Sanctions on ‘Abusive Collection Practices’
February 2, 2016
WTNH – TV Connecticut

Connecticut Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Abusive Collections
Feb. 2, 2016
Collections and Credit Risk (Industry News)

Courts Help Debt Collectors Prey on America’s Working Poor
February 11, 2016
North Dallas Gazette


Virginian’s Need Living Wage Jobs

January 25, 2016
Augusta Free Press

Brevard Rents are on the Rise
January 19, 2016
Florida Today

Gov. Brown Proposes to Raise the Wage to “Poverty Wages” Indefinitely
January 14, 2016
Blue Oregon

The end of the Middle Class in the United States
January 14, 2016
Alex Jones Radio Show – Infowars

2015

It’s a Matter of Life and Death: Insurers Must Cover Language Services
By LeeAnn Hall
December 16, 2015
Huffington Post

Defending Planned Parenthood is Essential for the Whole Progressive Movement
By LeeAnn Hall
December 9, 2015
Common Dreams

Next Attack on Workers – Will Conservatives Champion ‘Free Riding’ to Justify It?
By LeeAnn Hall
November 30, 2015
Huffington Post

Let’s Block Too-Big-Too Fail Health Insurance Companies
By LeeAnn Hall
October 6, 2015
Roll Call

Health Insurance is Great – Navigators Needed to Help People Use It
By LeeAnn Hall
October 1, 2015
Huffington Post

To Fight Racism, Protect the Right to Vote
By LeeAnn Hall
July 29, 2015
(Also appearning in these publications)

Harris, Hall: Medicaid Refusals Create New Mason-Dixon Line
By LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris
July 13, 2015
The Houston Chronicle

Harris, Hall: Medicaid Refusals Create New Mason-Dixon Line
By LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris
July 12, 2015
The Atlanta Journal – Constitution

Medicaid Refusals Create New Mason-Dixon Line
By LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris
July 12, 2015
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

Take Down the Confederate Flag- And Raise Medicaid Expansion
By LeeAnn Hall
July 7, 2015
Kaiser Health News

Medicaid Mason-Dixon Line Being Drawn on Health Insurance
By LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris
July 7, 2015
Howard University District Chronicles
(more articles click here)

Take Down the Confederate Flag – And Raise Up Medicaid Expansion 
By LeeAnn Hall
July 7, 2015
Huffington Post

Take Down the Confederate Flag -And Raise Medicaid Expansion
By LeeAnn Hall
July 7, 2015
MSN.com

American Health Care and the Medicaid Mason-Dixon Line
By LeeAnn Hall and Glenn Harris
June 25, 2015
Black Star News

Racial Disparities in Health Care Access Magnified as More Gain Coverage
By LeeAnn Hall
May 8, 2015
Huffington Post

Rage to Reform: Police Violence Is a National Problem Everybody Has a Stake in Solving
By LeeAnn Hall
May 7, 2015
The Democrat Star

Punished Twice: Immigrants Denied Health Care Penalized Anyway
By LeeAnn Hall  and Marielena Hincapié
April 6, 2015
The Hill

Maine’s Workers Deserve More Than a Poverty Wage
Amy Halsted and LeeAnn Hall
March 18, 2015
Bangor Daily News

Household Debt is a National Crisis
By LeeAnn Hall
March 25, 2015
OtherWords
(Also published in these newspapers)

Congress Should Green-light States to Move Forward on CHIP
By LeeAnn Hall
March 12, 2015
The Hill

A Question for Lawmakers Who Might Backtrack on Expanded Health Coverage: Seriously?
By LeeAnn Hall
February 2, 2015
Bill Moyers & Company

Minimum Wage Must Increase This Year
By LeeAnn Hall
January 28, 2015
The Mining Journal

Guest Commentary: Hard Workers Deserve a Living Wage
By LeeAnn Hall
January 26, 2015
Columbia Missourian

The Next Big Progressive Battle: A Living Wage
By LeeAnn Hall
January 25, 2015
Truth Out

 

Patchwork of Paychecks

A New Study Gets at What Critics of the Official Unemployment Rate Have Been Saying – Dec. 9, 2015 – The Washington Post

What Economic Recovery? A Good Job is Still Hard to Find – Dec. 12, 2015 – AlterNet

A Holiday Note to Congress: Half of Your Country is In or Near Poverty – Dec. 14, 2015 – Common Dreams, Democratic Underground

The Disappearance of the American Middle Class – Dec. 14, 2015 – Black Star News, Nation of Change

Thom Hartman: Half of all Americans Are Living in or Close to Poverty – Dec. 21, 2015 – Thom Hartman/ Truthout

The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class: Half the Country is Either Living in Poverty or Damn Near Close to ItDec. 23, 2015 – Salon.com 

Half Of America is Now Impoverished Because the Koch-Republicans Destroyed the Middle Class – Dec. 17, 2015 –  Politicus USA

Florida

Brevard Rents are on the Rise –  January 19, 2016 – Florida Today

Maine

National Report Says Living Wage in Maine is $15.77 – Dec. 17, 2015 – Bloomberg, World News Report, Bangor Daily News

Report: Less Than Half of Open Maine Jobs Pay ‘Living Wage’ Dec. 17, 2015 –  Maine NPR

Minimum Wages: Job Gap Report Dec. 17, 2015 –  WABI-TV

Patchwork for Paychecks; Campaign to raise minimum wage in Maine – Dec. 17, 2015 – Fox Ch. 7

Report shows living wage jobs hard to come by in Maine –December 17, 2015 – Maine Beacon 

The research behind Maine’s $15.77 living wage – Dec. 17, 2015   – Maine Beacon podcast with  Allyson Fredericksen

Montana

Home Care Giver: Raise Minimum Wage to $15 – Dec. 21, 2015 – Great Falls Tribune

Oregon

Big Minimum Wage Hikes are Nothing New in Oregon – December 18, 2015 – Oregon Live

Gov. Brown Proposes to Raise the Wage to “Poverty Wages” Indefinitely – January 14, 2016 –

Blue Oregon

Virginia

Virginian’s Need Living Wage Jobs – January 25, 2016 – Augusta Free Press

WSVA Radio – January 25, 2016 – Karl Magenhofer interview with Allyson Fredericksen

 

Black Friday

Walmart Workers Rally Against Their Employer – Nov. 26, 2015 – KOMO News

Black Friday Protests: A New Holiday for Progressives? – Nov. 28, 2015 – In These Times

Advocates Spend Black Friday Handing out Food to Federal Way Walmart Workers – Dec. 3, 2015 – Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Walmart Worker, Former Employee Claim Company Retaliation Following Protest – Dec. 14, 2015 – Federal Way Mirror

 Join the Call for Change at Walmart – Dec. 31, 2015 – Federal Way Mirror

Racism on Campus (Libero)

Racism on Campus is Nothing New, But New Student Movement IsNov. 18, 2015 – Black Star News, The Voice, North Dallas Gazette, Nashville Pride, Carolina Panorama, Houston Style Magazine

Pay Up! – Low Hours and Low Pay Leave Workers at a Loss

Is $15 an Hour Enough? – October 13, 2015 – Facing South 

You Have to Work 100 Hours a Week to Get By on Minimum Wage in These States  – October 13, 2015 – MarketWatch (Reposted by these publications)

To Fix National Poverty Crisis, Study Shows Even $15 Won’t Do the Trick – October 13, 2015 – Common Dreams

94-Hour Week Required for Minimum Wage Worker to Get By in N.J., Study Says – October 13, 2015 – New Jersey.com

Labor Coalition Calls for Minimum Wage Higher Than $15 Per Hour – October 13, 2015 – Al Jazeera America

To Live on Minimum Wage, You Must Work a Ton of Hours – October 14, 2015 – Money Talks News

To Fix National Poverty Crisis, Study Shows Even $15 Wage Won’t Do the Job – October 14, 2015 – Democratic Underground

Report shows minimum wage cannot cover basic needs in WV – October 13, 2015 – Charleston Gazette

The Labor Prospect: Dems Debate – October 14, 2015 – American Prospect

Study says there’s NO state where a single adult can live on less than $14/hr working a 40-hour week – October 15, 2015 – Daily Kos

The States Where $15 isn’t a Living Wage – October 16, 2015 – Think Progress

Is $15 an Hour Enough? – October 16, 2015 – Truthout

Study says there’s NO state where a single adult can live on less than $14/hr working a 40-hour week – October 15, 2015 – Daily Kos

Iowans Need a Living Wage Now – Nov. 30, 2015 – The Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Bloomberg Radio

Honest Elections

Maxey Tahay Danta Nooagu Jirta I-122? – October 27  – Runta (The Truth) News
“What is Our Interest in I-122?”

Opinion: Initiative 122 Will Strengthen the Voice of Our Communities –October 23, 2015 – The International Examiner (Rich Stolz)

Rigged to Fail

“Rigged to Fail” Work Study Urges Minimum Wage Increase, Lift on Right to Work, March 26, 2015 – Orlando Political Observer
Child Care Tax Credits Help Working Families Succeed, April 14, 2015  – Context Florida
Supporters for Medicaid Expansion Hold Rally in Charlottesville, April 1, 2015 – NBC 29 Charlottesville, Virg.
Montana Organizing Project Highlights Wage Report, April 30, 2016 – KPAX TV 8 Great Falls
Montana Organizing Project Highlights Wage Report, April 29, 2016 – KRTV 8 Great Falls

Breaking Barriers

National

Study: Obamacare Hasn’t Solved Health Care Disparities, April 9, 2015 – U.S. News and World Report
Is ACA Serving Those Facing Barriers? , April 9, 2015 – Politico 
The PPACA and Health Care Disparities, 10 Things to Know, April 10, 2015 –Becker’s Hospital Review
Study: Your Health Could Depend on Where you Live, April 10, 2015 – New America Media
“Breaking Barriers” Research Uncovers Disparities in Health Care Access, April 10, 2015 – Milwaukee Community Journal
Obamacare Hasn’t Solved Health Care Disparities, April 10, 2015  – Gnomes News Service 
How the ACA Changed TaxesApril 15, 2015 – California Healthline
Difficulties People of Color Have Using Their New Health Insurance, April 17, 2015 ­– ThinkProgress 
What it Means for Your Health When Your State Refuses to Expand Medicaid, April 20, 2015 – AlterNet
Medicaid Limits, Internet Access Create Barriers to Obamacare, April 23, 2015 – NNPA
Your Health Could Depend on Where You Live, April 16, 2015 – The Bay State Banner
Racial Disparities in Coverage, Care Persist, Despite ACA, April 13, 2015 – Fierce Health Payer
What it Means for Your Health When your State Refuses to Expand Medicaid, April 22, 2015 – One Penny Sheet
Racial Disparities Continue to Plague Health Care Under the ACA, Even as Coverage Expands to More Americans, May 8, 2015  – Atlanta BlackStar
Even After Obamacare, Some Americans are Uninsured. Who Are They? – August 21, 2015 – ThinkProgress

African American Press

Blacks Missing Out on Obamacare Savings, April 15 2015 – Greene County Democrat
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 16, 2015 – The Los Angeles Sentinel
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 16, 2015 (page 3) – Dallas Post Tribune
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 15, 2015  – Bayou Buzz
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 14, 2015  – Sacramento Observer
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 18, 2015  – Real Times Media (Pittsburg)
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 17, 2015  – The Seattle Medium 
Blacks Missing Out on “Obamacare” Savings, April 17, 2015  – The Atlanta Voice

California

Health Care Racial Disparities Continue Despite ACA, April 7, 2015 – The Post News Group 

Florida

Minority Report: New Study Indicates More Barriers Than You Thought To Health Care Access, March 24, 2015 –Orlando Weekly
F.I.R.E “Breaking Barriers” Study recommends Medicaid Expansion, March 24, 2015 – Orlando Politics
Breaking Barriers To Health Care Access In Florida, March 24, 2015 – The Florida Squeeze

Idaho

Report Finds Low Income, Latino Idahoans Experience More Barriers to Health Care Access, April 2, 2015 – Boise State Public Radio (NPR)
Study: 78,000 Idahoans “Let Down” by Refusal to Expand Medicaid, April 2, 2015, – Boise Weekly
Report Finds That Low Income, Latino Idahoans Experience More Barriers in Health Care Access, April 2, 2015 – Hispanic Trending

Mississippi

Aida Martinez-Bone, March 24, 2015 – Jackson Free Press Mississippi
Groups Push Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid, March 24, 2015 – Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Also: Radio WMPR,  and television channels WJTV 12 and WAPT 16

Montana

Study Shows Health Care Disparities Among Minorities, April 23, 2015 – NBC Montana
Tribal Members Study “Breaking Barriers” Between Native Community, Health Care, April 23, 2015KPAX TV Ch. 8
Report Shows Disparity in Health Insurance, Access to Care for Native Americans, April 24, 2015 – The Missoulian
Report Shows Disparity in Health Insurance, Access to Care for Native Americans, April 24, 2015 ­ ­– The Helena Independent Record
Report Shows Disparity in Health Insurance, Access to Care for Native Americans, April 24, 2015 – Billings Gazette
Report Shows Disparity in Health Insurance, Access to Care for Native Americans, April 24, 2015 – Ravalli Republic

Populism 2015

Hillary Clinton Has Met Her Challenger : It is us, April 21, 2015 – Common Dreams
1,000 Rally against Fast Track and Trans Pacific Partnership Proposals, April 21, 2015  – Wisconsin Gazette
Progressive Coalition Tells Lawmakers: Don’t Trade Away Our Future with Fast Track,  April 20, 2015 – Common Dreams
Senator Sanders Calls TPP Latest in a Series of Failed Trade Policies at Rally Denouncing TPP Draws More Than 1,000 to D.C., April 20, 2015 – Common Dreams
People and Planet: Populist Movement Rising to Unrig Rules, April 20, 2015  – Plunderbund
Populists Could Force Hillary’s Hand, April 19, 2015 – The Register Guard/ Washington Post/ New Haven Register/ Chicago Tribune
Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passion, Create Movement From Below?, April 17, 2015 – ENews Park Forest Illinois
Populist Palooza, April 15, 2015 – Washington Times
How Liberals Hope to Nudge Hillary Clinton to the Left, March 27, 2015 – Time Magazine
A Bold New Agenda Bubbling Up From the Grassroots, Sept. 28, 2015 – AlterNet

Up From Debt

Up From Debt: National Convention on March 14, 2014January 20, 2015- Washington Community Action Network
Debtors Fight Back at Up-From-Debt Summit, March 18, 2015 – People’s World
Facing Down Debt, March 7, 2015, Jefferson Public Radio
Battling Student Loan Debt, March 14, 2015, KTVL – TV Oregon
KSKQ Community Radio, March 9, 2015
News 10 Coverage of the Summit, March 14, 2015 – News 10, Oregon
Students Share Frustrations at Meeting, March 15, 2015 – Daily Tidings
Mountain of Debt: ConnecticutSeptember 2014- Alliance for a Just Society
Mountain of Debt: MontanaSeptember 2014- Alliance for a Just Society
Mountain of Debt: MaineSeptember 2014 – Alliance for a Just Society
Mountain of Debt: WashingtonSeptember 2014- Alliance for a Just Society

Low Wage Nation

Income Gap Alive and Well in Southwest Florida, January 28, 2015 – News-Press Southwest Florida
Report Details Wider Gap in State’s Income, January 28, 2015- Herald-Tribune
Income Gap in Florida Amongst the Highest in U.S.January 29, 2015- First Coast News
Income Gap in Florida Amongst the Highest in U.S.January 29, 2015 – Tallahassee.com
Missing the Point on ‘Low’ WagesFebruary 2, 2015- The Republican- American
“Low Wage Nation” Stats Might Surprise You, February 3, 2015 –  KULR-TV
Minimum Wage in New York Should Be a ‘Living Wage’February 6, 2015- Mid- Hudson News
Hundreds of Thousands Struggle Just to Make a Living, March 4, 2015 –  Fort Myers Florida Weekly
Not Getting By In a Low Wage Nation, March 5, 2015 – West Orlando News

#BlackWorkersMatter: Confronting Race and Building a Better Movement for Economic Justice – September 18, 2015 – Facing South (The Institute for Southern Studies)

Other Topics

Activists Honor Victims of Police Violence, Slain Officers on MLK Day, January 19, 2015 – Al Jazeera
Washington State’s Regressive Tax System Fuels Economic Racism, May 11, 2015 – The Seattle Globalist
Volume of Abandoned Homes “Absolutely Terrifying”  June 24, 2015, – The Detroit News
One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes, November 23, 2015 – Leo Gerard in Huffington Post
Walmart Workers Rally Against their Employer, November 27, 2015 – KOMO TV Seattle

 

Voting Rights

Opinion: Voting Rights Act Strengthens Our Democracy Through Fair Representation, February 16, 2015 – International Examiner (Ben Henry)

2014

Language Access Key to Keeping Health Care Doors Open to All
By LeeAnn Hall
November 13, 2014
Huffington Post

How the Seattle City Council Could Help Underwater Homeowners
By LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz
Oct. 30, 2014
Seattle Times

How the ‘War on Women’ Is Deepening Racial Inequality
Interview with LeeAnn Hall
October 14, 2014
The Nation

Hospitals and Clinics Feel the Pain of Medicaid Expansion Politics
By LeeAnn Hall
Sept. 17, 2014
Huffington Post

Let’s End Two-Tier Pay System
By LeeAnn Hall and Juana Donato
September 16, 2014
Albany Times Union

Obama Administration to Reward Student Loan Company Accused of Cheating Troops
Alliance for a Just Society
August 29, 2014
Huffington Post

Let’s Put Some Muscle on those Skinny Health Care Networks
By LeeAnn Hall
Aug. 19, 2014
Huffington Post

Time to Give College Graduates a Future with Real Freedom – Freedom From Debt
By LeeAnn Hall
June 19, 2014
The Hill

Lean Retirement Faces U.S. Generation X as Wealth Trails
Alliance for a Just Society
June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News

Time for Congress to Smarten Up and Reduce Student Loan Debt
By LeeAnn Hall
June 11, 2014
Huffington Post

Women Voters Are Major Players in Medicaid Expansion Debate
By LeeAnn Hall and Stephanie Porta
May 7, 2014
Orlando Sentinel

Will Health Coverage Translate into Health Care?
By LeeAnn Hall
April 17, 2014
Huffington Post

The ‘Secret Sauce’ That Could Kill a Minimum Wage Hike
LeeAnn Hall and Saru Jayaraman
April 17, 2014
The Capital Times

After Obamacare Enrollment, Three Critical Steps
By LeeAnn Hall
April 9, 2014
Colorlines

Revolving Door Slams on Minimum Wage Hike
By LeeAnn Hall and Saru Jayaraman
April 4, 2014
The Hill

Fast Food Workers Will Protest Again Today. Here’s What They’re Up Against|
Alliance for a Just Society
Apr. 3, 2014
Mother Jones

National Restaurant Association Doubling Down on Lobbying
Alliance for a Just Society
April 4, 2014
Politico

Expand Medicaid to Close Racial Health Gap
By LeeAnn Hall and Brian Smedley
February 16, 2014
USA Today

Get Real on Job Growth and Expand Medicaid
Jesse Graham and LeeAnn Hall
February 5, 2014
Bangor Daily News

RECENT ARTICLES:

Maine Voices: Stop Letting Student Loan Debt Burden Grads, Parents and the Economy
By Jean-Marie Caterina Special to the Press Herald
Dec. 2, 2014
Portland Press Herald (Maine)

After Ferguson: National Rights Groups Unite Against Police Violence
November 27, 2014
Al Jazeera

Prudent or Petty? The Government’s Settlement Strategy
November 26, 2014
DS News

Equity in the Balance

Study Shows Families Lack a “Living Wage” The Daily Progress –Nov 23, 2014

Report: Full-time working Virginians lack living wage Augusta Free PressNov 18, 2014

Women and minorities least likely to earn ‘living wage’ in Oregon OregonLive.comNov 18, 2014

The Job Gap: Idaho Women, Latinos, Native Americans, People of Color Hit Hardest Boise WeeklyNov 18, 2014

Report finds Idaho has bigger wage gaps for women, minorities than The Spokesman Review Nov 18, 2014

David v. Goliath Battle Shaping up in Portland over Minimum Wage –  Sept. 17, 2015, Tipping Point

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH REPORT CARD MEDIA COVERAGE

October 2014

Despite Obamacare Advances, Racial Health Disparities for Women of Color Abound – ColorLines, New York, NY

Report card grades women’s health care, one state at a time – Chicago Tribune

How the ‘War on Women’ Is Deepening Racial Inequality – The Nation

Good enough to pass: Washington gets C+ on Women’s Health Report Card – Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle, WA

Healthcare fails women of color in states across the country – Fierce Healthcare

How does Oregon score on women’s health? Hint: We’re not at the head of the class – Portland Business Journal

Women’s Health Report Card Gives Montana Failing Grade – NBC Montana – Oct. 22, 2014

Oregon Scores a C Grade on Women’s Health – Salem News, Salem, OR

Missouri Gets Failing Grade on Women’s Health Report CardKRCU Radio, Southeast Missouri State University

Women’s Health in Tennessee Ranks at Number 29, according to Healthy and Free TennesseeWGNS News Radio

North Carolina gets poor marks on women’s health – The Progressive Pulse, an NC Policy Watch blog, Raleigh, NC

Report: NC Among Worst States in US for Women’s Health Coverage – Institute of American Studies

Ohio gets a ‘C’ for women’s health – Dayton Business Journal, Dayton, OH

Health Care Lags for Women in Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania receives C+ on women’s health – The Sentinel, Cumberland County, PA

Pennsylvania Scores Only Average Grade on Women’s Health – Berks Community Television, Reading, PA

Study: Massachusetts ranks #1 in women’s health – MassLive, Massachusetts

Study: Virginia needs improvement for women’s health – Augusta Free Press, Waynesboro, VA

New Partnership Focuses on Missouri WomenMissouri Public Radio (NPR)

NC gets failing grade on women’s health – Action NC

Editorial Cheers And Jeers – Pharmacy Choice

Opinion: A Path to Equality– The Times- Argus (Vermont)

Ronda Wallace: Women Deserve Better Health Care – Tallahassee Democrat (Florida)

 

FAMILIES OUT OF BALANCE

August 2014

“Demonizing Minimum Wage”–  The New Yorker

Connecticut

“Working Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet are Sliding Deeper into Debt” – Connecticut Post Blog

“Campaign demands better job access” – Yale Daily News: New Haven, CT

“Op-Ed: Tax the big businesses that won’t pay Connecticut workers a living wage” – The Connecticut Mirror

“Report: Connecticut’s Living Wage Is $19.08 An Hour” – CTNewsJunkie: Connecticut

“Report: Connecticut’s living wage is $19.08 an hour” – Middletown Press News

Florida

“Gov. Scott’s definition of job growth is low-pay, dead-end” – The Palm BeachPost

“New report says minimum wage in Florida should be doubled to support working families” – Creative Loafing: Tampa, FL

“Report: Florida’s Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be” – WLRN Radio: Miami, FL

Idaho

“Study Says Idaho Living Wage is $14.50 KPVI TV: Pocatello, ID

“Study: Idaho’s minimum wage half of livable wage” Lewiston Tribune: Lewiston, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” – Idaho Statesman: Boise, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” – Idaho State Journal: Pocatello, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” KBOI TV: Boise, ID

“Minimum Wage Only Half a Livable Wage for Idahoans” – Twin Falls Times-News: Twin Falls, ID

“Minimum wage doesn’t allow for living wage in North Idaho” – KHQ TV: Spokane

“Idaho’s minimum wage is half of living wage for 1 adult, group says” – Idaho Statesman: Boise, ID

“Idaho Families Can’t Make Ends Meet” – The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA

“$14.57: Idaho’s Living Wage” – Boise Weekly

“Families Out of Balance: Idaho’s Reality Is Nowhere Near Living Wage” – Boise Weekly

Maine

“Groups want minimum wage issue in campaigns” WCSH TV: Portland, ME

“Report: Maine’s Minimum Wage Earners Falling Further Behind” – MPBN News:

“Report: Mainers on low wages face tougher times” – MaineBiz, Maine’s Business News Source

“New living wage report: Maine families struggle to make ends meet” – Maine Insights

“Maine’s Working Families Deserve to Earn a Living Wage” – Maine Center for Economic Policy

“Mainers continue to struggle with low-paying jobs” – The Pulse Morning Show WZON Radio: Maine

Montana

“Montana working families deserve living wage, health care” – The Missoulian, Missoula, MT

“The cost of living in Montana” – Helena Independent Record

“Op-Ed: Montana working families deserve a living wage” – The Montana Standard

“Sen. Malek: Montana working families deserve a living wage” – Ravalli Republic

“The cost of living in Montana” – The Montana Standard

“Study shows living wage would provide stability for families” – NBC Montana

“Montana group advocating for workers to be paid a ‘living wage’ ” – KAJ18 TV: Kalispell, MT

“‘The Equality Of Opportunity’” – Montana Public Radio

“Local group advocating for workers to be paid a ‘living wage’ ” – KPAX TV: Missoula, MT

“Minimum wage isn’t a living wage in MT” – The Missoulian

New York

“Report says state minimum wage leaves Ulster County families behind” – Daily Freeman: Kingston, NY

“NYS Senator, Others To Call For Minimum Wage Increase” – WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“Report says New York’s minimum wage leaves Ulster families behind” – Mid-Hudson News

Oregon

“Michelle Glass – Oregon Action” – KOBI TV: Medford, OR

“A living wage in Oregon? $15.96, says report” – Portland Business Journal: Portland, OR

“15th Annual Job Gap Report: Wages are Down and the Cost of Living is Up” – The Skanner: Portland, OR

Virginia

“Virginia families need higher wages, Medicaid expansion” – Augusta Free Press: Waynesboro, VA

Washington

“King County weighs mandatory living wage for contract employees next year” – Real Change News: Seattle, WA

“Report: Washington’s Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt” – KPLU Radio: Seattle, WA

“The living wage in King County? Way more than $15 per hour” – Puget Sound Business Journal

“Getting Paid: Washington to raise its minimum wage” – Inlander, Spokane, WA

“King County Council Makes ‘Statement’ with Living Wage Vote” – Seattle Weekly

“King County Council approves ‘living wage’ requirement” – Seattle Times

 

STUDENT LOAN DEBT

September 2014

Connecticut

Winning on Student Loan Reform … From CT to MT – Alliance for a Just Society- July 27, 2015

Connecticut is the First State to Implement Student Loan Bill of Rights– WTNH News 8-July 14, 2015

Household Debt Is a National Crisis– Alliance for a Just Society- March 25, 2015

You Are Not a Loan- You are not Alone!-Alliance for a Just Society- March 11, 2015

Panel with Senator Bluemanthal and Senator Murphy. – CTN- Sept. 26, 2014

With College Tuition Prices in Connecticut on the Rise, Can You Afford to Pay? WNPR- Sept. 19, 2014

Higher Ed Not Debt Coalition Release Report. – CTN- Sept. 18, 2014

 

Montana

Weighed Down by Debt: Nonprofit Group looks to 2015 Legislature to Ease Student Loam Burden – Independent Record (Helena) – Nov. 30, 2014

UM Forum to Discuss Student Debt, Impact on Montana EconomyThe MissoulianFebruary 26, 2014
Missoula Democrats to Sponsor Bill on Student Debt Repayment ­– Ravalli Republic – Oct. 21, 2014

Montana Universities’ Tuition Doubles Since 2000; Groups Decry Debt–Billings Gazette – Oct. 1, 2014

Editorial: State Needs New Ideas for Affordable College Education – The Missoulian – Oct. 16, 2014

Montana Needs New Ideas for Affordable College Education– Rapid City Journal – Oct. 22, 2013

MSU Student Loan Debt Crushing Dreams Crimping EconomyBozeman Daily Chronicle,October 8, 2014

Groups Addressing Student Debt– KBZK News – Bozeman, – Sept. 30

Maine

Student Debt Weighing Down Maine’s Economy – MPBN (NPR), Sept. 25, 2014

Students in Maine face worst debt –WGME Sept. 25, 2014

Federal Loan Defaults Highest at Maine Colleges. – Press Herald Sept. 25, 2014

 

IMMIGRATION (Rural Strategy) OPINION and NEWS REPORTS

June 2014

Cantor is Gone, But Rural America Still Needs Immigration Reform
By John Bechtel
June 16, 2014
The Hill

Immigration Reform Can Work
By Stephen G. Nawrocki
June 12, 2014
The Denver Post

A Path to Economic Growth
By Peter Tofalvi
June 20, 2014
Portland Business Journal

Wilder Mayor Urges Immigration reform
June 18, 2014
Idaho Press Tribune

Two Locals Head To Washington D.C. To Advocate For Immigration Reform
June 18, 2014
KTVL, MEDFORD, OR

Reform immigration laws to grow our future together
June 26, 2014
Statesman Journal

It’s time for immigration reform
July 1, 2014
IDAHO BUSINESS REVIEW

Immigration Reform – rural activists in Washington DC
June 16, 2014
Telemundo – Television

 

MEDIA REPORTS ON STATE-SPECIFIC ISSUES

Connecticut

Op-Ed: Tax the Big Businesses that Won’t Pay Connecticut Workers a Living Wage Connecticut Times Mirror, Sept. 1, 2014

Florida

“Gov. Scott’s definition of job growth is low-pay, dead-end” – The Palm Beach Post

“New report says minimum wage in Florida should be doubled to support working families” – Creative Loafing: Tampa, FL

“Report: Florida’s Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be” – WLRN Radio: Miami, FL

Idaho

“Fast for Families stops in Caldwell” – Idaho Press-Tribune 

“Fast For Families Makes Pit Stop in Idaho” – Idaho Press

Fast For Families Across America Visits the Treasure Valley – Idaho Statesman

Testimony: “Continue to support IEN,” “She’ll be toothless” “Get a decent drink in this state” – The Spokesman-Review, February 14, 2014

“Critics of payday lending foresee a new bill in the upcoming Idaho Legislature”Idaho Statesman, January 4, 2014

Maine

“Small Business Owners Rally in Bangor for MaineCare Expansion” – WABI TV5
“Business Owners Ask Legislature to Override Healthcare ExpansionVeto” – Fox Bangor

“Small Businesses Call for MaineCare Expansion; Detractors Say Maine Can’t Swallow Expense” – Bangor Daily News
“LePage: some opposition to Medicaid expansion is ‘philosophical’” – WLBZ 2 News

Montana

Montana State Bank Concept DebatedBillings Gazette  – January 28, 2014

Cowboys and Indians Ride in to U.S. Capitol to Protest Keystone Pipeline – Al Jazeera, April 29, 2014

Raising Minimum Wage a Good StartMontana Standard,Oct. 21, 2014

New York

Bronx Carwash Workers Vow to Unionize and Defy Intimidation – New York Daily News, July 23

Oregon

“Michelle Glass – Oregon Action” – KOBI TV: Medford, OR

“15th Annual Job Gap Report: Wages are Down and the Cost of Living is Up” – The Skanner: Portland, OR

Oregon Action on ACA Enrollment Deadline March 31, 2014 KTVL – Rogue Valley

Virginia

“Virginia families need higher wages, Medicaid expansion” – Augusta Free Press: Waynesboro, VA

Washington

Seattle Income Inequality Symposium at Seattle UniversityCapitol Hill Seattle, March 27, 2014  (With Jill Reese on Seattle’s minimum wage)

Raising Minimum Wage Produces Economic Stimulus, Study FindsWest Seattle Herald,March 16, 2014 (With Ben Henry, senior policy associate)

Seattle City Council’s Foreclosure Task Force Proves Itself Useless at Stopping Foreclosures, The Stranger, March 31, 2014

King County Weighs Mandatory Living Wage for Contract Employees, Real Change News, Sept. 24, 2014

King County Council Approves Living Wage Requirement – Seattle Times, October 7, 2014

Underwater Homeowners Need the City Council to Help Fund a Program to Reset Mortgages – Real Change, November 5, 2014

National

How the Seattle City Council Could Help Underwater Homeowners
By LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz
Oct. 30, 2014
Seattle Times

How the ‘War on Women’ Is Deepening Racial Inequality
Interview with LeeAnn Hall
October 14, 2014
The Nation

Demonizing Minimum Wage
By William Finnegan
Sept. 17, 2014
The New Yorker

Hospitals and Clinics Feel the Pain of Medicaid Expansion Politics
By LeeAnn Hall
Sept. 17, 2014
Huffington Post

Let’s End Two-Tier Pay System
By LeeAnn Hall and Juana Donato
September 16, 2014
Albany Times Union

Obama Administration to Reward Student Loan Company Accused of Cheating Troops
Quotes Jason Collette, Alliance for a Just Society
August 29, 2014
Huffington Post

Let’s Put Some Muscle on those Skinny Health Care Networks
By LeeAnn Hall
Aug. 19, 2014
Huffington Post

Time to Give College Graduates a Future with Real Freedom – Freedom From Debt
By LeeAnn Hall
June 19, 2014
The Hill

Time for Congress to Smarten Up and Reduce Student Loan Debt
By LeeAnn Hall
June 11, 2014
Huffington Post

Will Health Coverage Translate into Health Care?
By LeeAnn Hall
April 17, 2014
Huffington Post

After Obamacare Enrollment, Three Critical Steps
By LeeAnn Hall
April 9, 2014
Colorlines

Revolving Door Slams on Minimum Wage Hike
By LeeAnn Hall and Saru Jayaraman
April 4, 2014
The Hill

Fast Food Workers Will Protest Again Today. Here’s What They’re Up Against|
Alliance for a Just Society
Apr. 3, 2014
Mother Jones

National Restaurant Association Doubling Down on Lobbying
Alliance for a Just Society
April 4, 2014
Politico

Expand Medicaid to Close Racial Health Gap
By LeeAnn Hall and Brian Smedley
February 16, 2014
USA Today

Living wage job gap calls for charting a new course for U.S. economy
By LeeAnn Hall
December 11, 2013
The Hill


States

Connecticut

With College Tuition Prices in Connecticut on the Rise, Can You Afford to Pay?  WNPR – Sept. 19,2014

Op-Ed: Tax the Big Businesses that Won’t Pay Connecticut Workers a Living Wage – Connecticut Times Mirror,  Sept. 1, 2014

“Families Out of Balance”

“Report: Connecticut’s living wage is $19.08 an hour” – Middletown Press News

“Campaign demands better job access” – Yale Daily News: New Haven, CT

“Op-Ed: Tax the big businesses that won’t pay Connecticut workers a living wage” – The Connecticut Mirror

“Report: Connecticut’s Living Wage Is $19.08 An Hour” – CTNewsJunkie: Connecticut

“Report: Connecticut’s living wage is $19.08 an hour” – Middletown Press News

Report: CT Shortage Of Living Wage Jobs Severe December 03, 2013|DAN HAAR, The Hartford Courant
Job gap between wages and making ends meet December 04, 2013|KENT PIERCE, News 8 KTNH

Florida

“Families Out of Balance”

“Gov. Scott’s definition of job growth is low-pay, dead-end” – The Palm BeachPost

“New report says minimum wage in Florida should be doubled to support working families” – Creative Loafing: Tampa, FL

“Report: Florida’s Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be” – WLRN Radio: Miami, FL

Florida “Poised To Become A State Of Mostly Low-Wage And/Or Low-Skilled Jobs” December 03, 2013|BEACH PEANUTS
New study finds Florida seriously lacking in jobs that pay a living wage December 03, 2013|MITCH PERRY, Creative Loafing
Advocates call for local minimum wage hikes December 03, 2013|JOE RUBLE, News 96.5
New study shows just how bad the living wage conundrum is in Florida December 03, 2013|BILLYMANES, Orlando Weekly
Organize Now says Florida lacks living wage jobs December 03, 2013|JIM STRATTON, Orlando Sentinel

Idaho

“Families Out of Balance”

Study Says Idaho Living Wage is $14.50″ – KPVI TV: Pocatello, ID

“Study: Idaho’s minimum wage half of livable wage” – Lewiston Tribune: Lewiston, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” – Idaho Statesman: Boise, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” – Idaho State Journal: Pocatello, ID

“Idaho’s minimum wage only half of livable wage” – KBOI TV: Boise, ID

“Minimum Wage Only Half a Livable Wage for Idahoans” – Twin Falls Times-News: Twin Falls, ID

“Minimum wage doesn’t allow for living wage in North Idaho” – KHQ TV: Spokane, WA

“Idaho’s minimum wage is half of living wage for 1 adult, group says” – Idaho Statesman: Boise, ID

“Idaho Families Can’t Make Ends Meet” – The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA

“$14.57: Idaho’s Living Wage” – Boise Weekly

“Families Out of Balance: Idaho’s Reality Is Nowhere Near Living Wage” – Boise Weekly

Is a rezone looming for local payday loan centers?
October 5, 2013
Idaho Press-Tribune

Payday loan centers targeted to move shop
By Kelsey Anderson
October 7, 2013
KBOI 2 News

Petition drive aims to boost wages in Idaho

By Kristin Rodine
December 04, 2013
Idaho Statesman

Should Cities Limit New Payday Lending Companies?
By Ashley Smith
December 19, 2013
Magic Valley News

Our View: With Sen. Heider’s Legislation, Real Payday Loan Reform Could Come
By Ashley Smith
December 22, 2013
Magic Valley News 

“Critics of payday lending foresee a new bill in the upcoming Idaho Legislature”
Audrey Dutton
January 4, 2014
Idaho Statesman

Testimony: “Continue to support IEN,” “She’ll be toothless” “Get a decent drink in this state”
By Betsy Z. Russell
February 14, 2014
The Spokesman-Review

“FAST FOR FAMILIES”
Fast for Families Makes Pit-Stop in Idaho” – Idaho Press
“Fast for Families stops in Caldwell” – Idaho Press-Tribune

Maine

“Families Out of Balance”

“Groups want minimum wage issue in campaigns” – WCSH TV: Portland, ME

“Report: Maine’s Minimum Wage Earners Falling Further Behind” – MPBN News: Maine

“Report: Mainers on low wages face tougher times” – MaineBiz, Maine’s Business News Source

“New living wage report: Maine families struggle to make ends meet” – Maine Insights

“Maine’s Working Families Deserve to Earn a Living Wage” – Maine Center for Economic Policy

“Mainers continue to struggle with low-paying jobs” – The Pulse Morning Show WZON Radio: Maine

Denying Maine Women Health Care Coverage? Then Don’t Expect Their Vote
By Heidi brooks and LeeAnn Hall
April 30, 2013
Bangor Daily News

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
“Small Business Owners Rally in Bangor for MaineCare Expansion”Wabi TV5
“Business Owners’ Ask Legislature to Override Healthcare Expansion Veto” –  Fox Bangor
“Small Businesses Call for MaineCare Expansion; Detractors Say Maine Can’t Swallow Expense” – Bangor Daily News
“LePage: some opposition to Medicaid expansion is ‘philosophical'” – WLBZ 2 News

Montana

Montana State Bank Concept Debated Billings Gazette  – January 28, 2014

Cowboys and Indians Ride in to U.S. Capitol to Protest Keystone Pipeline – Al Jazeera, April 29, 2014

Student Loan Debt:

UM Forum to Discuss Student Debt, Impact on Montana EconomyThe MissoulianFebruary 26, 2014
Missoula Democrats to Sponsor Bill on Student Debt Repayment ­– Ravalli Republic – Oct. 21, 2014

Montana Universities’ Tuition Doubles Since 2000; Groups Decry DebtBillings Gazette – Oct. 1, 2014

Editorial: State Needs New Ideas for Affordable College Education – The Missoulian – Oct. 16, 2014

Montana Needs New Ideas for Affordable College Education – Rapid City Journal – Oct. 22, 2013

Minimum Wage:

Raising Minimum Wage a Good StartOct. 21, 2014

Women’s Health Report Card

Women’s Health Report Card Gives Montana Failing Grade – NBC Montana – Oct. 22, 2014

 

Legislation will make banks smaller, safer
By Bert Chessin
December 1, 2013
The Missoulian

Study: Montana lacking in jobs that pay a living wage
 
December 03, 2013|BRIN MERKLEY, KPAX
Annual job gap report outline living wage disparity December 03, 2013|DUSTIN KLEMANN, KTVQ
Job Gap Study Revealed December 03, 2013|MACLEOD HAGEMAN, KULR 8
Can Montana Afford to provide “living wages” to low-wage workers? December 03, 2013|EDWARD O’BRIEN, KUFM

New York

Let’s End Two-Tier Pay System
By LeeAnn Hall and Juana Donato
September 16, 2014
Albany Times Union

“Families Out of Balance”

“Report says state minimum wage leaves Ulster County families behind” – Daily Freeman: Kingston, NY

“NYS Senator, Others To Call For Minimum Wage Increase” – WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“Report says New York’s minimum wage leaves Ulster families behind” – Mid-Hudson News

Nevada

Nevada liberal groups want minimum wage boosted to $15 an hour December 03, 2013|ED VOGEL, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Oregon

“Families Out of Balance”

“Michelle Glass – Oregon Action” – KOBI TV: Medford, OR

“A living wage in Oregon? $15.96, says report”– Portland Business Journal: Portland, OR

“15th Annual Job Gap Report: Wages are Down and the Cost of Living is Up”– The Skanner: Portland, OR

Oregon Action on ACA Enrollment Deadline March 31, 2014 KTVL – Rogue Valley, Ore.

Pennsylvania

Jobless rate dips to 7%; 200,000 get work December 7, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Virginia

“Families Out of Balance”

“Virginia families need higher wages, Medicaid expansion”– Augusta Free Press: Waynesboro, VA

Living Wage Job Gap December 04, 2013|BEVERLY AMSLER, WVTF

Washington

How the Seattle City Council Could Help Underwater Homeowners
By LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz
Oct. 30, 2014
Seattle Times

“Families Out of Balance”

“Report: Washington’s Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt” – KPLU Radio: Seattle, WA

“The living wage in King County? Way more than $15 per hour” – Puget Sound Business Journal

http://realchangenews.org/index.php/site/archives/9422 – Real Change

Seattle Income Inequality Symposium at Seattle University
(With Jill Reese on Seattle’s minimum wage)
March 27, 2014
Capitol Hill Seattle

Raising Minimum Wage Produces Economic Stimulus, Study Finds
(With Ben Henry, senior policy associate)
March 16, 2014
West Seattle Herald

Seattle City Council’s Foreclosure Task Force Proves Itself Useless at Stopping Foreclosures
By Ansel Herz
March 31, 2014
The Stranger

Guest: Why Immigration is a Major Issue for Women
By Pramila Jayapal and LeeAnn Hall
Nov 16, 2013
Seattle Times

King County Council Gives Unanimous Support for Living Wage Policy
Alliance for a Just Society
May 21, 2014
Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Wisconsin

LeeAnn Hall and Saru Jayaraman: The ‘Secret Sauce’ That Could Kill a Minimum Wage Hike
April 17, 2014
The Capital Times

 

2013 National Job Gap Report Coverage

Living wage job gap calls for charting a new course for U.S. economy December 11, 2013, The Hill
Why A ‘Living’ Wage Doesn’t Add Up December 9, 2013, NPR, Tell Me More
Telling Fast Food Workers To ‘Get A Better Job’ Is Nonsense, In 1 Chart December 11, 2013, Huffington Post
Why it’s not so easy to move from a minimum-wage job December 11, 2013, CBS News
Is $16 the New $15 Minimum Wage? December 3, 2013, Crosscut
Seattle on front line of push for raising minimum wage December 7, 2013, Seattle Times
New study pegs Washington living wage at $16.04 to $30.46 an hour December 03, 2013|GOLDY, The SLOG, The Stranger.com
Don’t minimize the jobs that pay minimum wage | Jerry Large December 4, 2013, Seattle Times