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A sign on a door says proof of vaccine is required to enter.

Biden Orders Large Employers to Require Vaccination or COVID Testing

President Biden announced a multi-prong strategy to combat the Delta surge gripping the nation that rests largely on increasing the vaccination rate among the labor force. The most controversial measure is aimed at private employers of 100+ workers.

September 13, 2021 - The New York Times

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The Pandemic Expert in the Biden Cabinet Who is Not on the Biden Health Team

Ron Klain, President Obama's former Ebola response coordinator, will serve as chief of staff to President-elect Joe Biden. This post also looks at all the appointments and nominations for Biden's health team that will devise a Covid response.

December 28, 2020 - The Atlantic

Oil and Gas Extraction

Another State Rejects a 10-Cents per Gallon Gas Tax Hike

It was not your basic fuel tax hike. Utah voters were told that raising the tax would help education by redirecting revenue from the General Fund to schools that currently goes to transportation. Yet voters also passed decidedly liberal initiatives.

November 14, 2018 - Deseret News

Cleveland, Ohio

How Urban Investment Patterns Fuel Healthcare Inequities

Inequities in healthcare are linked to inequities in urban planning, a public health researcher argues.

July 20, 2018 - Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Gov. Jerry Brown's 16th and Final State of the State

Infrastructure, climate change, and natural disasters were among the themes of the California governor's final address to the legislature and public. Two of his accomplishments, high-speed rail and increasing the gas tax, face uncertain futures.

January 28, 2018 - The New York Times

New Census Data Shows Lack of Improvement on Income, Poverty

While the Census Bureau reported impressive findings on the reduction of Americans without health insurance last year, there was nothing impressive in the numbers on income and poverty, notwithstanding an increase in employment.

September 19, 2015 - The New York Times

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Census Reveals the States Where the Affordable Care Act Has Insured the Most Residents

If the goal of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the percentage of Americans without health insurance, new Census data shows it's doing just that. Americans without health insurance fell by three percent last year, or 8.8 million people.

September 18, 2015 - Slate

America's Hidden Pothole Tax

A new report from TRIP has been released showing which regions have the worst maintained roads. United States drivers on average pay an annual 'hidden pothole tax' of $515, double that in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Highway funding expires July 31.

July 27, 2015 - Reuters

San Francisco Homeless

Study: Income Inequality Lowers Life Expectancy

Research suggests a correlation between regional income inequality and poorer health. Several statistical and sociological causes may come into play.

April 10, 2015 - New York Times

How will the Physical Urban Environment be Affected by Obamacare?

Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau discusses what the Affordable Care Act means for hospital construction, design, and expansion.

April 23, 2014 - UrbDeZine

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