September 22, 2014 15:15
We’ve long known that the growth in income inequality over the past 20 years is bad for working people. Now there is evidence that it is also bad for state and local governments—and the public employees who work for them.
In a report released this month, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s found that the annual growth rate of state tax revenue fell by more than 50% in recent years. S&P concluded that cause of the drop was increasing accumulati... [More]
September 4, 2014 12:13
Earlier this summer, the Administration requested additional funding for emergency wildfire suppression activities. Without the additional funding, federal fire-fighting agencies including the Forest Service will be forced to rob funding allocated for wildfire prevention. While ensuring our nation’s fire fighters have sufficient funds to fight wildfires at the peak of fire season may seem like common sense, Congress left for its annual August break without allocating the money.... [More]
September 4, 2014 12:05
More than 50 organizations are asking Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
In a letter to Google executives, the organizations ask the technology company to end its membership because of ALEC’s harmful role in the democratic process.
It is disheartening to see Google - an online and technology pioneer who is guided by the motto “Do No Evil” - support the agenda of the anti-worker billionaire Koch brothers.
Founded in 1973... [More]
August 28, 2014 14:39
Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is at it again.
Walker, who is in a tough re-election fight to keep his job, is performing strong armed-tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters.
Fire fighters and police were exempted from the egregious plot to divide workers in Wisconsin three years ago that and which resulted in workers no longer having a strong voice at the negotiating table as a part of the pass... [More]
August 26, 2014 15:10
Tech industry giant Microsoft has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is no longer funding the organization.
Microsoft was a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force. It has been reported that Microsoft left because of ALEC’s effort to block the development of renewable energy.
Other big technology companies such as Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo still belong to ALEC.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts... [More]
August 4, 2014 15:16
In North Carolina, a friend of the Koch Brothers is using his money to influence state policies – and not for the better.
Art Pope, North Carolina’s state budget director, is using his family’s money to push a pro-business agenda in North Carolina.
Keep an eye on Pope as he tries to change the political dialogue in the state to craft the vision he wants. Pope not only is the state budget director, but also serves as a top adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Pope and his allies h... [More]
June 24, 2014 09:42
Good action deserves recognition.
And we would like to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for deciding it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame retardants.
This is a big decision – albeit a right one. And we hope other businesses would follow the example set by this health system company.
Kaiser Permanente’s new furniture standard specifies that upholstered furniture in new or remodeled buildings should not contain added fire retardant chemicals. Kaiser Permanente spends roug... [More]
June 11, 2014 11:39
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has got it wrong again.
The dreadful leader has vetoed a public safety bill that would create a brand new fire station in the historic community of Murrells Inlet Garden City (located 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach).
The land for a new fire station has been cleared and there is enough money to construct the facility. Unfortunately, the governor is misleading the public about the fire initiative. She is using “smoke and mirrors”, takin... [More]
June 3, 2014 16:07
As fire fighters battle politicians to protect their retirement plans and benefits, rich billionaires keep getting financial breaks.
The Center for Media and Democracy reports the charitable wing of billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $900,000 on political ads for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign. It is not known if Koch himself or if a group of his wealthy donor friends made contributions for the ads, however, we do know whoever ... [More]
May 30, 2014 15:53
Scott Walker promised Wisconsinites he could spur job and economic development while campaigning for the state’s top job four years ago.
Wisconsinites were sold a bag of goods.
Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 new jobs in the state during his first term. He has not kept his promise. Wisconsin ranked 37th among states for private sector growth. For the past three years, Wisconsin has lagged behind other midwe... [More]