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Why Sequestration Harms Seniors and Costs Taxpayers

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Two straight years of budget cuts and hiring freezes have crippled Social Security's ability to handle dramatic workload increases, and the additional cuts required under sequestration will cause further erosion.

Stretching the School-District Dollar

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

While tight budgets present plenty of hardships, they also offer local officials a golden opportunity to rethink the way we run schools and boost productivity and efficiency.

Gannett CEO Asks for Lower Bonus, Reduces Her Pay Package to Only $4.6 million

Randy Turner | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Randy Turner

Thanks to that selfless act of generosity, the CEO of Gannett, who required all employees in the newspaper division to take an unpaid one-week furlough during the first quarter of 2011, will only receive a $1.2 million bonus.

Preparing for What the Supercommittee Has in Store for Federal Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While there is no easy way to deal with the pain and difficult choices that lie ahead, it may be a good time to dust off some of those old books -- or discover new ones -- about leading change.

Seattle Schools To Shut Down For A Day.. And Another Half

Posted 10.10.2011 | Education

Seattle Public School teachers have agreed to take one and a half days off to help ease their state's budget woes. The move follows a districtwide ...

'Taxpayer Advocates' Shocking Public Schools

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I'll keep my local "taxpayer advocates" informed of how their hard work is paying off -- dismantling community-based public school systems and making sure that teachers are sharing the pain.

Furloughs In Place After Unions Reject Mayor's Proposal | David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.28.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered his managers to impose 42 furlough days on city employees in four union groups after those...

'Nonsecurity' Spending Cuts Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Despite the label "nonsecurity discretionary programs," many of the proposed cuts will reduce our security in a variety of ways, among them increasing our chances of getting sick from unsafe meat and contaminated drinking water.

California Supreme Court Oks Furloughs To Resume Friday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Supreme Court says furloughs of state workers can resume while it reviews whether governors have the authori...

California Furloughs Upheld By State Supreme Court

AP | DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Supreme Court's ruling Monday upholding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to furlough state workers ends an...

Schwarzenegger Orders New Furloughs For State Workers

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday brought back furloughs for thousands of state workers until California passes a bud...

Employers Moving From Furloughs To Outright Pay Cuts

New York Times | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The furloughs that popped up during the recession are being replaced by a highly unusual tactic: actual cuts in pay. Local and state governments, as...

State Workers Earned More, Not Less, During Furlough Weeks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes courtesy of California Watch By Chase Davis Rather than taking a pay cut as intended, hundreds of state managers and other high-l...

Paterson Threatens To Shut Down State Government | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Gov. David A. Paterson said on Tuesday that he would include furloughs for more than 100,000 state employees in his next emergency budget bill, settin...

Four-Day School Weeks and a Better Idea

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ann Brenoff

Public schools in Los Angeles this year had students sitting on the floor and window sills while class sizes topped 50.

Paterson's Furloughs For 100,000 Workers Blocked By Judge

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge has halted attempts by New York's governor to impose furloughs on about 100,000 state workers and withhold their ...

Pay Cuts Proposed For U Of Minnesota Employees

Minnesota Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

In a letter to faculty and staff Tuesday, University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks proposed pay cuts to all employees in one form or another. ...

USA Today Furloughs Mandated To Save Money

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

McLEAN, Va. — USA Today is forcing its staff to take an unpaid week off to help the nation's second largest newspaper cope with a persisting ad ...

How Union Pensions Will Challenge Our Economy, And Other Reasons to Avoid Card Check

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Our nation will soon be hit by another economic tsunami. Behind the union bankrolling of the 2008 elections are union pension obligations that will ba...

University President Pay Rises: Study

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The recession has reached the executive suites of the nation's public universities and colleges, putting a stop to a string of large annual pay increa...

Stealing From California's Young People

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.

Schwarzenegger Threatens To Impose Third Unpaid Furlough Day

Los Angeles Times | Shane Goldmacher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he would force state workers to take a third unpaid furlough day every month if lawmakers do not pass a balance...

State Budgets: Times Are Tough All Over

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan J. Demas

When we're taxing candy, brothels and pot, we know our states are having difficulty balancing the budget.