Churches step in with alternative to high-interest, small-dollar lending industry

With all of the problems with predatory loans (and noticing new pawn shops and 5-Minute Loan stores opening up in my city) it’s good to see how churches could get more involved in helping communities with loans. See below:

Churches step in with alternative to high-interest, small-dollar lending industry – The Washington Post.

Speak-Out for Good Jobs & Quality Care at RI Hospital

From our union brothers and sisters:

Some Certified Nursing Assistants report having to buy their own equipment to make sure they can monitor patients’ oxygen levels. Physical plant workers report troubling shortages of critical equipment they need to combat mold in ventilation ducts to patient and operating rooms. Now the Hospital is threatening to make the situation even worse by laying off more employees.

At the same time, Lifespan – A Health System paid more than $16.6 million in compensation to just ten executives last year. These individuals averaged $1 million more in compensation than the average compensation earned by CEOs of nonprofit hospitals nationwide. Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s largest healthcare employer has employees working more forty hours per week that get no health coverage.

Speak-Out for Good Jobs & Quality Care at RI Hospital.

Whitehouse Calls for Tax Fairness and an End to Tax Haven Abuse by Corporations

From the Whitehouse Press Office:

Congressman Doggett, Senator Whitehouse Introduce Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. The bill closes a number of offshore tax loopholes, eliminates many tax incentives for U.S. companies to move jobs and operations offshore, and modifies rules on corporate inversions for businesses dodging U.S. taxes.

“While most Americans contribute their fair share to our national security and vital public services, some large corporations still are not,” said Doggett. “They revel in single digit effective tax rates, and in some years, many pay their lobbyists more than they pay in federal taxes. Corporations that renounce their citizenship not only invert their business operations but pervert our tax laws. This bill is a step toward righting some of these inequities and ensuring that taxpaying small businesses are provided a more level playing field.”

“Big corporations shouldn’t be allowed to play games with the tax code and benefit from shipping jobs overseas,” Whitehouse said. “This bill would force corporations that are dodging their responsibilities to pay their fair share of taxes, and create an even playing field for American companies that already play by the rules.”

The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that provisions similar to those in this bill would raise at least $278 billion in revenue over ten years. More than two dozen of the largest profitable corporations paid no federal taxes at all over a recent five-year period. Among the many provisions of this bill are some recommendations contained in President Obama’s previous Budget Proposals. Find a full summary of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act House version here.

The bill is one of three “tax fairness” measures introduced by Whitehouse today, which he hopes will help shape the upcoming debate on tax reform.

From Poverty to a Paycheck: Kessler Aims to Bolster Employment Odds of the Disabled – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

A rising tide lifts all boats, and a recent study shows that as the economy improves, disabled people are enjoying a bump in their employment numbers. The Kessler Foundation wants to jump on that positive wave and ride it for all it’s worth. By expanding training and employment initiatives, the foundation is looking to fund nonprofit disability organizations who want to take their strategy to the next level with more and better ways to hook disabled people up with jobs.

via From Poverty to a Paycheck: Kessler Aims to Bolster Employment Odds of the Disabled   – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Jobs are key to ending poverty, R.I. leaders tell marchers | News – Projo

That’s my Bishop!

“We have gotten very good at responding to the immediate effects of poverty. But we are here to ask you, our elected leaders, to help our community, our state, deal with the underlying issues, issues that are too big for the faith community to respond to on their own,” Mr. Knisely said.

Jobs are key to ending poverty, R.I. leaders tell marchers | News – Rhode Island news right now | Providence Journal.

Who’s Empowering Wonks to Fuel Economic Growth in American Cities? – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

Bloomberg Philanthropies made our list of most interesting foundations in 2014 because of its wide range of huge gifts, signaling ways the foundation may be forging new giving paths in Michael Bloomberg’s first year outside of the mayor’s office. But there’s one interesting initiative at BP we haven’t talked about much, one that’s been getting big funding and spreading to new areas: Bloomberg’s Innovation Teams.

This initiative is mainly associated with Mike Bloomberg’s wonky obsession with making government more efficient. But it also offers insights into how one of America’s top funders aims to foster economic growth and job creation in U.S. cities, a challenge which has cofounded many foundations and yet is attracting new energy amid a growing focus on urban renewal.

via Who’s Empowering Wonks to Fuel Economic Growth in American Cities? – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.