Last year, Republican State Representative Barbara Sears introduced a bill (HB394) aimed at making Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund solvent again after it took a beating during the recession. The bill was an extreme, right wing, anti-worker wish list, written with the help of business groups and without input from labor
HB394 dramatically reduced the length of time a worker collects benefits while unemployed, eliminated bonus pay for workers with dependents, added mandatory drug testing for unemployed workers, all while leaving employers paying the same as they have been since 1995, only instituting a modest increase if a downturn drains the trust fund.
Hearings for HB394 […]Full Story... →
You’re going to see the usual “doom and gloom” today regarding the August jobs report released this morning.
Unemployment, nationally, went up .1% of a point. Why? Because more people re-entered the labor market a rate faster than the private sector could create jobs. What was the forecast (i.e. “market expectation”)?
The private sector is forecast to add a net total of only 41,000 jobs, the fewest since January, which isn’t enough to keep up with population growth.
What was the reality?
The Labor Department says companies added a net total 67,000 new jobs last month, down from […]Full Story... →
Here’s Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols Mansfield News Journal in response to Governor Strickland’s recent campaign appearance there:
Because of Ted Strickland’s mismanagement, Ohio still has higher unemployment than every neighboring state but Michigan, and we’re recovering more slowly,” Nichols wrote in an e-mail to the News Journal. “Relief is coming, however, and John Kasich encourages Ohioans to stay positive and hang in there because if he’s elected governor in November, we’ll be able to reduce spending and begin reducing taxes so we can revive the economy and create jobs.
Yes, it’s true that only Michigan is the only […]Full Story... →
This is from the press release from the Governor’s official office, not the campaign:
“Ohio unemployment rates have declined for four months in a row and the private sector created 10,500 Ohio jobs in July. That’s a clear sign businesses are investing in Ohio. In recent months we’ve seen growth again because in recent years we have lowered taxes, cut red tape and invested in the industries creating jobs that are hard to outsource.
“A recent study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank shows that over the last three months Ohio has the sixth-fastest growing economy. We have a long […]Full Story... →
So, in order to deflect from John Boehner crying over the evil Democrats’ plan to regulate the helpless ant in Washington that is the major Wall Street financial industries, bank lobbyist Steve Stivers attacked Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy over comments that Speaker Pelosi made about GOP efforts to filibuster unemployment extension.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Daily Briefing covers the Stivers attack, the Kilroy counter-attack, followed by the Stivers surrender.
Here’s the Stivers attack:
The Stivers campaign called on Kilroy, D-Columbus, to defend or disavow comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that unemployment checks are the […]Full Story... →
Where to even begin? First, if you’re going to have an ad about unemployment, why feature two Johnny Lunchpails driving in their work truck from . . . work? Is this some kind of ham handed attempt by Republicans to appeal to blue collar workers ? It strikes me as an odd choice because the fictitious “messengers” don’t really mesh with the message.
Second, the acting and dialogue is just cheesy. The guy say “bad Governor” in the same tone one says to a puppy that isn’t housebroken. The pace of the dialogue almost lulls me to sleep. Third, […]Full Story... →
Start listening at the 2:08 mark. Kasich says, again on video, that he favors repealing the income tax (which is still a weird way to talk about… your own proposal).
KASICH: “The fastest growing States in the country, job creating States, are like places like Tennessee, Florida, and Texas and…. and…. Nevadah [sic in original.]
These are the States that John Kasich repeatedly has said he, as Governor, would turn Ohio into to emulate.
Nevada is a no income tax State, and it leads the nation alright. It leads the nation in unemployment, the first time any […]Full Story... →
Down to 10% from 10.2% in October, with revisions DOWNWARD in job losses going back to September.? All of which is WAY better than expectations.? Month to month numbers are notoriously unpredictable, particularly at the bottom of a recession, but this is a good sign that the recession is beginning to end.
Tom Blumer has begun twisting his logic into a pretzel of Escher-like proportion.Full Story... →
My friends at the Alliance for American Manufacturing directed me to this depressing article on the “Fastest Dying Cities” from Forbes. It says that Youngstown, Canton, Dayton and Cleveland are among the “worst” cities.
Luckily, AAM also linked me to this video about how this destruction of my home state can be reversed:
It looks like the federal government is extending a hand, but where are the companies – and the jobs? The fact that 84% of the stimulus money set aside for investing in clean energy has gone to foreign companies tells me something is […]Full Story... →
If you need to know anything about Republicanism, this is all you need to read. In fighting Obama’s stimulus bill aimed at digging us out of the hole George W. Bush and his buddies in the Republican Party left us, here is what they fought to exclude:
In a key reduction from the bill that reached the Senate floor earlier in the week, $40 billion would be cut from a “fiscal stabilization fund” for state governments’ education costs, though $14 billion to boost the maximum for college Pell Grants by $400 to $5,250 would be preserved, as would aid […]Full Story... →
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