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Bill Shuster Gets Tough on Amtrak Food Concessions, Goes Woolly on the F-35

Republican Representative Bill Shuster is pulling out all the stops in congressional bill H.R. 749 to get Amtrak to cut, cut, cut its budget for paying the workers on its trains so that the federal government can stop paying $80 million a year to support Amtrak’s on-train food sales.

While we’re on the subject of […]

Despite Improvement, Complaint Backlog at DOL Wage and Hour Division is Worse than Under Bush

The staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor are tasked with investigating worker complaints to make sure that workers aren’t being abused by employers who exploit labor laws — by withholding pay, by refusing to grant overtime, by employing child labor, and otherwise exploiting people who are desperate for […]

The Can Kicks Back Shouts, How DARE You Cut the Budget?

The billionaire-funded political corporation called The Can Kicks Back says that slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while cutting taxes for corporations isn’t a self-serving conservative grudge campaign. It’s just a way to bring the budget into balance, TCKB insists.

This is the story The Can Kicks Back tells you about itself, all right. But […]

Boston Rallies to Redirect Budget Cuts from Human Needs to the Military Budget

At 11 AM today, a large coalition of groups assembles outside Boston’s North Station in a rally for the reprioritization of the budget from warfare to human needs. Participating groups include:

Budget for All Coalition Mass. AFL-CIO Mass. Jobs with Justice Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants American Friends Service Committee Mass. Peace Action Disability Policy […]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds […]

Chosen Cuts to the National Budget have Real Local Effect (Acadia National Park)

Let’s not forget that our politicians made a choice to enter the “sequester,” a word that hardly anybody knows the definition of but that means that the United States is cutting its budget. Cutting the budget, in turn, isn’t just about a budget. It’s about America choosing not to engage in as many collective efforts […]

Say Yes to the Future, No to Bank-Run America: Protest in Times Square May 15

I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.

I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York […]

Transcript: Ted Celeste Speaks Out for Ohio Library Funding

Ohio State Representative Ted Celeste made an appearance before a crowd of hundreds of Ohioans in front of the Statehouse building at noon today. In his speech, he reiterated the importance of a robust public library system in the state.

A transcription of his remarks:

Libraries rock!

You know, these are really very difficult […]

Folsky-Talk Sarah Palin Took Away Shelter for Homeless Teenage Moms

Boy, that Sarah Palin sure can talk like she’s folksy, especially when someone writes a speech for her. But enough of the talk. But what about her action as Governor of Alaska? What did she DO to the people of Alaska?

I’ll tell you what she did: Sarah Palin cut out $1.1 million worth of […]