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A complete archive of opinions and analysis from
the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities
|The Truth about Casinos and Slot Machines|
Casino and Slots Fact Sheet, compiled from Stop Predatory Gambling and United to Stop Slots
|Act now to eliminate private-benefit eminent domain|
Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that has taken no action to restrain eminent domain after the Supreme Court’s 2005 Kelo decision finding eminent domain for private use constitutional. It seems self-evident that forcibly taking property from one owner and giving it to another for financial gain is unfair — even un-American. Yet our legislature seems reluctant to take up the Court’s suggestion that states may enact their own restrictions.
|Small Is Beautiful: Help promote small-plot farming in MA|
The State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will soon make a decision on H715, the Small Plot Farming bill. Background information about the bill appears below. A hearing was held last June. Both the Mass Farm Bureau and the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources support the bill.
|The Speech President Obama Should Deliver… But Won’t|
David Korten’s book Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth outlines an agenda to bring into being a new economy—locally based, community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all, not simply increasing profits.
In this special excerpt, Korten summarizes his version of the economic address to the nation he wishes Barack Obama were able to deliver.
|Paul Hawken to the Graduates of 2009: This is your century|
Paul Hawken to the Graduates of 2009: This is your century
|Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency|
Friends of the Earth report, reviewed by John Andrews
|Testimony to the Governor’s Task Force on Public Integr|
by Shirley Kressel
|Relocalize: Balance Your World|
Relocalize: Balance Your World
|Governor’s tilt toward real estate industry unnerves a forme|
Governor’s tilt toward real estate industry unnerves a former supporter.
|Chapter 40B : Overview of a Failed Policy|
The state law that is supposed to promote affordable housing isn’t getting the job done. What are we doing wrong?
|How the budget deficit can be solved|
Frequently Asked Questions
About Outside Section 548
Outside Section to the FY04 Massachusetts State Budget
|Background on Outside Section 548|
The Fate of Our Land
|Legislature’s Budget is Unwise and Unfair|
MCHC’s response to the House budget
|A crisis in values, too|
Boston Globe Op-Ed on the budget crisis
|Expanded Gambling: Think Twice|
Are slot machines compatible with healthy communities?
|Action Against Homelessness|
A homeless man from Boston tells how he decided to get active to improve things.
|Report from the Classroom|
Students are back. But not all their teachers.
|Fair Taxes for All|
Beware the fake citizen groups pushing tax cuts for the wealthy
|Remarks from the Statehouse 18 Rally|
Remarks by speakers at the State House rally
|Campaign Donations Sway Votes|
Votes and money are correlated in Congress
|Let’s Treat Workers Right!|
When businesses cut employee benefits, we all suffer.
|Romney’s Vetoes Target Our Communities|
What Romney chose to veto reveals his values.
|What the Cuts to Mental Health Mean|
Personal observations on an impending human tragedy
|Speeches from the June 25 Rally|
Remarks of Giovanna Negretti, David Noiles, and Peter Knowlton
|Handout for millionaires|
In Congress, more tax breaks for the super-rich
|National Health Care (Anne Feeney Sings)|
A song to honor Health Care Action Day (June 5)
|>>>> UNDERSTANDING TAXES <<<<|
What’s wrong with our tax system? How can we fix it?
|State leaders not doing the job|
Op-ed from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
|>>>> OUR MAILBAG <<<<|
Letters to the Editor, Reader’s Thoughts
|Are Taxes Good for the Economy?|
Nobel-prize winning economist explains why cutting spending hurts the economy, and raising taxes is preferable.
|What is a healthy community?|
What is your vision of a “healthy community”?
|The Fair Tax Solution|
How fair taxes can solve the budget crisis.
|IRS Losing Battle with Tax Cheaters|
Billions go uncollected while Congress looks the other way.
|Shaking down the blind|
Do we have to hike fees for the blind and handicapped?
|GMO’s, the Path to Ruin|
Basing our economy on GMO’s is a dead end.
|Study reveals an unfair tax system|
Poor paying more than the rich in Massachusetts
|Understanding the Budget Debate|
Some Q&A;’s on the budget process
|ISSUES – Legalized Gambling|
Resources and quotes
|A good tax system|
What would it look like?
|How do our taxes compare?|
How do taxes in Massachusetts compare to other states?
|Corporate Taxes Dropping|
As corporations pay less, average taxpayers pick up the tab
|What created the budget crisis?|
|ISSUE: Health Care|
Issues page for health care.
|ISSUE: Budget Cuts|
Impacts of FY04 Budget Cuts