This guide contains an overview of some of the leading organizations from around the country that are engaged in unearthing and combating the influence of money in the political process.
This report reflects a unique collaboration between the Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Action, Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, the Center for Intercultural Organizing and the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, who came together to create an opportunity for dialogue between community members and Portland police on the issue of racial profiling.
In October 2003, Idaho Power filed a rate increase application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Idaho Power’s request, as the PUC staff determined, is a gross overestimate of its actual needs – over $70 million more than Idaho Power could justify! Idaho families are struggling to make ends meet and pay power bills today. Idaho Power’s rate proposal would leave even more low-income families out in the cold.
Economic conditions in Idaho are squeezing low-income families from every direction. Unemployment continues to rise and many of Idaho’s families live in poverty. The rates of personal bankruptcy and lack of health insurance are also increasing. Skyrocketing energy costs are an unbearable burden when added to these economic realities. Energy consumers who turn to the state for help find that the Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) budget is woefully inadequate, and that consumer protections for low-income consumers are not strong enough.
Over the last decade, Oregon’s economy has exploded with the creation of new jobs and massive migration from California and other states. This economic boom has dramatically increased housing costs. Meanwhile, federal funding for affordable housing has declined. There are many proven strategies available to Oregon communities that can be used to alleviate the problem and secure affordable housing.
Quality, affordable housing has become severely limited over recent years. A National Housing Trust Fund will make it easier for low-income families to find a place to live.
Idaho’s low-income families with a disabled member receiving SSI cannot access welfare. This report explains why Idaho should work to bring families of disabled people out of poverty.