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Why New York Needed the Federal Fiscal Relief - And Should Get More

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

The fiscal relief bill signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday will unquestionably benefit New York City and other states and municipalities acr...

Bloomberg's Federal/State Priorities Don't Include Preventing Devastating City Cuts?

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Apparently helping New York retain its most critical public services is not among the "easy-to-reference issues" political donors should consider "when political candidates are calling for contributions."

Jobs: The Best Politics is Doing the Right Thing

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Let's cut to the chase. The American people are not happy with Washington and for good reason. After the roller coaster fight to win affordable heal...

The Local Jobs for America Act: Why Aren't More Politicians Supporting Legislation Americans Need and Want?

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

As far as most Americans are concerned, the so-called economic recovery has little to do with the reality many of them are facing.

$33 Billion for War, How Could I Spend Thee on Local Jobs?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Suppose we decided to pay the two-year cost of the Local Jobs for America Act by shortening the war in Afghanistan. By how long would we have to shorten the war?

What Helps Us Hurts Us? The Tortured Logic on Denying Aid to New York

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Who needs jobs and public services when you could be shuttering libraries and cutting pay at the Parks Department?

Cities' Devastating Cuts to Education and Transit Highlight the Need for the Local Jobs for America Act

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Looking at the national economic statistics, you might be able to persuade yourself that the recession is over. But observing local communities - nei...

If Republicans Won't Let Democrats Go Small on Jobs, Let's Go Big!

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

We should push direct government hiring programs like the Local Jobs for America Act that could create or save a million jobs. We need to fight for programs that directly give people jobs.

Some Workers the Free Market Just Won't Hire

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

With the Local Jobs for America Act putting the possibility of direct government hiring back on the table, we must make sure any hiring programs actually reach the communities that need help most.

Happy 75th, WPA: Its Genius Holds Lessons for Today's Jobs Crisis

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the WPA, the New Deal centerpiece that helped end the Great Depression by directly creating 3.3 million jobs. Let's remind ourselves of the economic lessons we learned from that historic program.

Jobs We Can Believe In

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deepak Bhargava

On the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration, we would do well to remember the notions of mutual responsibility and community values that underpinned its overwhelming success.

Is Long-Term Unemployment America's Future?

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Like tea party activists and some of their fellow conservatives, Congress' reckless inattention to the deficit makes me concerned for my children's future. It's not because Congress is spending too much; no, it's investing far too little.

One Million Jobs: Yes We Can

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Millions of skilled, talented people are looking and are ready for meaningful work. The jobs are not there. The government can and should do somethin...

Federalism and Its Discontents

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Instead of embracing the benefits provided by government, in the United States much as in Europe (though for different reasons) fiscal federalism has been endorsed as an economic accelerant rather than a public good.

Congress, Get To Work: America Needs Jobs

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Crossposted from OurFuture.Org "I have worked all my life." It's something that's true of many Americans, whether employed or unemployed. Bu...

"It's for the Kids' Education": New York Voters Support Their Schools

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Governor David Paterson thinks he knows what's on New Yorkers' minds. On Monday, the governor predicted that voters across the state would reject tax increases for local school budgets.

Lightening Beutner's Burden: The Impossible Battle of LA's Jobs Czar

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Harry Moroz

With the persistence of fiscal deterioration and skyscraper high unemployment, Congress must quickly pass urban jobs legislation. Restarting the economy is impossible without restarting its economic engines: cities.