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A New Deal Jobs Program Returns in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

A New Deal Jobs Program Returns in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

Greg Barnette/The Record Searchlight via AP Members of the California Conservation Corps Region 1 get ready for flood training, November 19, 2015, at the Red Bluff Recreation Center in Red Bluff, California. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt established an “alphabet soup” of programs to hire Americans and lift families out of poverty. One of the most popular was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which ran from 1933 to 1942. Over its lifetime, employed three million men, planted three billion trees, built 125,000 miles of roads, erected much of our national park...

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Did CNN Air a Staged Migrant Crossing of the Rio Grande?

Did CNN Air a Staged Migrant Crossing of the Rio Grande?

Screenshot/CNN CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera gestures toward a puported migrant crossing of the Rio Grande under way at the U.S.-Mexico border. The scene starts out serenely, as CNN national correspondent Ed Lavandera and crew by boat down the Rio Grande near the city of Hidalgo, Texas, as the sun sets. But soon, the idyllic setting gives way.“That’s when we stumble across a group of migrants loading into a raft,” Lavandera says in the clip. He’s heard speaking with the migrants in Spanish to ease the tension. In the video, shot on March 11 and aired the next day, a group of migrants,...

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Can Corporate Tax Incentives Revive a Pandemic Economy? New Jersey Thinks They Can.

Can Corporate Tax Incentives Revive a Pandemic Economy? New Jersey Thinks They Can.

Noah K. Murray/AP Photo New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during his 2021 budget address, August 25, 2020, at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey After more than a year of , and about New Jersey’s corporate tax incentive program, the state’s governor has announced a new, even bigger program to be voted on less than a week after it was announced.New Jersey plans to renew its corporate tax subsidy program to the tune of $11.5 billion over six years. The program’s advocates say that the incentives, which are tax breaks tied to a certain number of jobs created, bring new...

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Cleveland’s Plain Dealer: 50 Years of Union Busting

Cleveland’s Plain Dealer: 50 Years of Union Busting

CLEVELAND – On March 9, at the hometown newspaper The Plain Dealer, health reporter Ginger Christ jumped in her car and headed to City Hall. At a press briefing, health officials confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in Cuyahoga County. While they addressed the situation, her phone rang. It was labor relation consultant Bill Calaiacovo, with totally unrelated news: a courtesy call to her, the paper’s Guild chair, that they would be announcing layoffs for 18 editorial staffers, over half the Guild, and four non-union managers. PD editor Tim Warsinskey, on his ninth day on the...

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Flagship Cleveland Newspaper Succumbs to Union-Busting

Flagship Cleveland Newspaper Succumbs to Union-Busting

Amy Sancetta/AP Photo The front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in September 2010 CLEVELAND – Yesterday was the last official day of the Plain Dealer News Guild, after more than 80 years of union membership. The unit decertified after a long battle where Advance Publications, the newspaper’s management, wielded layoff after layoff, seeking cost savings amid the decline of local newspapers.The also signaled the end of the Plain Dealer newsroom. At the moment, it seems that the paper will still be printed seven days a week and delivered to subscribers four days a week, but even that may be...

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May 18, 2020
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