David Morris

David Morris is Vice President and director of the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which is based in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. focusing on local economic and social development.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 7:15am
Republicans Wreck Their Own Principles on Highways
It’s almost certain that Congressional Republicans will soon vote overwhelmingly to violate one of their most cherished guiding principles: A service should be paid for by those who use the service. If we don’t fully pay for services, Republicans usually insist, markets can’t work effectively. This...
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Publicly owned telecommunications networks, argues Morris, offer lower prices and higher speeds than Comcast and AT&T and Time Warner. (Image: Common Dreams) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:30am
To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Means of Distribution
With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet: owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government. Owning the means of...
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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 8:45am
When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best
Minneapolis will soon vote to shift nearly 180 privately owned bus shelters to public ownership following numerous complaints about the lack of maintenance and upkeep. When it does it will join the burgeoning ranks of cities who have discovered that when it comes to public services government knows best.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 1:15pm
Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?
After Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City on a promise to narrow the gap between rich and poor, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) lectured him on the facts of local government life. “The point is, you’re a mayor, buster, you’ve got to make sure the snow gets plowed. You’ve got to make sure the garbage gets picked up. You’ve got to make sure the bad guys get locked up. Mayors have to run cities.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 11:56am
Airline Deregulation: Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence
In November, in what history may judge the ultimate triumph of ideology over evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and United Airways.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:47am
What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools
Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, declared Bill Gates in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 8:36am
Yes to Amazon.com. No to the Public!
The announcement that the US Postal Service will deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays came just a few days after a federal judge halted USPS’ sale of Stamford’s historic downtown post office. The juxtaposition of the two events throws into stark relief the new Janus-like philosophy of the postal service: a big hug to big business, the back of the hand to the public.
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Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:26pm
Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office
In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000. And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers.
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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 7:09am
Let the Red States Go
In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor. In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives. They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25. On October 1st, the first day of the new federal fiscal year and the launch of the new health care exchanges, the victors of 2009 collided with the victors of 2010. The entire nation felt the impact.
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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 1:53pm
Defending the Public From Greed
A month before the 1932 election, Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Portland, Oregon to deliver a speech about government and governance. Some 80 years later, his talk, given in the depths of the Depression to a nation that had yet to accept government as a key player, remains one of the clearest and most accessible explications of the relationship between the public and the private.
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