Rep. Chris Van Hollen is throwing his hat in the ring as Democratic candidate for Maryland's Senate seat in 2016. Dont get us wrong. NJS likes Chris. He has been on the correct side of unemployment issues in the past. However when asked back in 2012 whether he Supported the Simpson-Bowles plan that included Social Security cuts ..
Walker Gets His "Fresh" Ideas, And His Money, From Hard-Line Ideologues and Special Interests
After becoming Governor of Wisconsin, Walker declared the state was "broke" and eviscerated public-sector unions with his Act 10 legislation. A key aspect of Act 10 Act, which prohibits the state from collecting union dues, reflects ALEC's Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act. As Governor, Walker has signed a flood of ALEC bills into law (19 in his first two years alone), including anti-consumer "tort reform" provisions, restrictive voter ID, the Castle Doctrine more widely known as "Stand Your Ground," voucher and virtual school expansions, telecom deregulation, concealed carry, the privatization of the state's economic development functions, and much more. This agenda was not indigenous to the state; it was imported entirely from the Koch/ALEC playbook.
UPDATED March 6 2015 The official unemployment rate declined the government reported today. The U-3unemployment dropped to 5.5 % in November. The U-6unemployment rate declined to 11.0%. The US economy added 295,000 jobs last month. Total U-3 Unemployment was 8.7 million persons.
After revision, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December remained at +329,000, and the change for January was revised from +257,000 to +239,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January were 18,000 lower than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 288,000 per month.
With corporations already awash in cash, tax cuts won’t get them to start hiring people. The Washington Post quotes Zachary Karabell, president of River Twice Research: "There's not a whole lot that you could do to entice companies to hire. You could cut taxes on them, but they're not going to hire just because they have the extra cash, because they already have the extra cash."
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