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Robert Sweeny

Robert Sweeny has 23 articles published.

Enabling dependency

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How can we explain the continued government inaction in the face of the worst recession since the cod moratorium?

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Estimating the damage

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What is actually being cut in this budget?

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Is there a democratic alternative to austerity?

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Other places have experimented with austerity, so we don’t have to. Here’s how Newfoundland and Labrador can avoid known mistakes and put itself on a path to a brighter, more equitable, future.

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Why TPP rhymes with refugee

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What could a major new trade deal and the way the Harper Conservatives have chosen to handle the refugee crisis possibly have in common?

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On a rock in a hard place: MUN and the Davis Budget

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Properly funding and managing Memorial University are fundamental public policy issues and far too important to be left to senior administration or the provincial government.

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Words matter

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Does Paul Davis represent a change for the Tories? A comparison of the language used by the provincial government with that of Davis during his leadership campaign provides a revealing answer

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A good news budget?

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Two things worth knowing that you might not have heard about Thursday’s budget

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When little means a lot

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Tom Marshall’s first and last speech from the throne is as remarkable for what it does not say as for what it does

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Spending our way to more poverty

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Millions spent on the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy compared to percentage indicators of poverty in NL

In 2006, Danny Williams declared poverty reduction a strategic priority for the province. Since then childhood poverty has risen 70%.

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Art knows no borders

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Why are there limitations on whose art can be procured?

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Promoting gendered inequality

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Five years ago, the Flaherty-Harper government introduced income splitting for pensions. Designed to benefit only higher income earners, in 2009, 84% of the people who benefited were men.

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Anatomy of a boom (Part 2)

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If the boom has not led to a marked increase in inequality, the same cannot be said for government policies. They markedly increased our levels of inequality.

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Anatomy of a boom (Part 1)

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Between 2005 and 2009 assessed incomes in Newfoundland and Labrador increased by 49%. The boom we are experiencing is without precedent in Canadian history, but it is also exceptional for a quite different reason.

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How is our 1% different?

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Ownership of stocks, bonds, real estate and professional incomes set the 1% apart from the rest of us.

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Economic Action Plan pt. 4

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Graph showing the difference between the announced Economic Action Plan and what was spent.

Finally, we can answer the question: What did they actually do?

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Economic Action Plan pt. 3

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Graph showing how changes to personal exemptions and tax brackets benefited differing groups

Lower taxes, ah yes, but for whom?

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Economic Action Plan pt. 2

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Graph showing how the government divided up its $260 billion response to the crisis

All you need to know about the largest government program that they chose not to tell you about

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Economic Action Plan, pt. 1

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What does the feel-good ad about taxes tell us?

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Have-no-more

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Graph showing the absolute and relative change in the principal sources of provincial revenue.

An inconvenient truth we need to discuss

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Refugees

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Graph showing the backlog of refugees, the number of claims granted and the success rate, 1999-2009.

What is Jason Kenney up to?

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