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Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The budget deal will still need to clear the Senate, where a group of conservatives are using their budget vote to push for prevailing wage repeal. Even as he announced the budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald acknowledged that the votes aren’t there in the Senate to pass it.
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MO Money: Faith-Based Budgeting and Orthogonal Reality

MO Money: Faith-Based Budgeting and Orthogonal Reality
The policies put forth in this document suggest that America's main problem is that the poor have too much and the wealthy, too little. The budget plan "corrects" this perceived imbalance by deeply cutting programs that help low- and middle-income people, and cutting taxes on those with high incomes, capital gains, multinational corporations and "pass through" business income.
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Former Alabama Gov's Daughter Lands $72k No-Bid Contract to Answer a Googleable Question

Former Alabama Gov's Daughter Lands $72k No-Bid Contract to Answer a Googleable Question
Quick! Someone asks you a simple question: "What's the median income in Alabama?" Would you, (a) Use Google to find the answer on the U.S. Bureau of the Census website or, (b) Set up a no-bid contract suggested by former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley's daughter and commission a $72,000 study with a Birmingham law firm that inquired about why they weren't getting any state business? If you selected (b), you may be a member of the state's GOP supermajority, because that's exactly what happened.
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Paul Ryan Poor-Shames Better Than Most, With a Twinkle and a Budget

Paul Ryan Poor-Shames Better Than Most, With a Twinkle and a Budget
Paul Ryan's plan is to basically shame the poor. Let's take a look into the bizarre paternalism of Paul Ryan’s poverty plan, one he disguises as a change to block grants. One that goes against the very mechanism that has made safety nets in this country matter for nearly a century.
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NJ's Credit Downgraded Again, Gov Christie Uses Non-Truths to Blame Every One Else

NJ's Credit Downgraded Again, Gov Christie Uses Non-Truths to Blame Every One Else
Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became the second governor in the country's history to preside over six downgrades of the state's credit rating. Naturally, Christie blamed the pensions and that none of the other governors had to pay into the contractual obligation. This is, of course, not true. You are, of course, not surprised.
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GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol

GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol
The White House transport proposal, which put forward a $302 billion four-year surface transportation authorization, ups the current level of spending by $20 billion per year. With respect to rail funding, it proposed reorganizing intercity passenger rail funding into Current Rail Service and Rail Service Improvement programs, merging the Amtrak funding which was authorized in FY 2013 and 2014 with the Higher Speed / High Performance rail program which was zeroed out in the funding that passed Congress.
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Paul Ryan's Budget Wishlist: Less, Much Less, for the Poor. Plus, More Bombs

Paul Ryan's Budget Wishlist: Less, Much Less, for the Poor. Plus, More Bombs
The Paul Ryan budget is a glimpse into the priorities of today's GOP. And for anyone in the bottom three quarters of the income scale, it is indeed a scary document.
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Deficit Reduced Substantially, But Sequester Still Killing Jobs

Deficit Reduced Substantially, But Sequester Still Killing Jobs
President Obama's tenure has been marked by a dramatic decrease in the deficit. Some of the causes have been positive – increased taxes on the rich, an economy slowly but surely coming out of a dire recession – but one cause is by and large negative: the sequester. That policy blunder has cost the nation hundred of thousands of jobs, just when we need it most.
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Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'

Sen Franken on Extending UI: 'Hardest Job Is Looking for a Job'
Sen. Franken called on his Senate and House colleagues to act swiftly and pass an extension of unemployment benefits that help Minnesotans keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. He also shared several stories from Minnesotans who have reached out and talked with him about how failing to extend unemployment insurance will affect them.
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Parties Compromise on $1.1 Trillion Budget, Avoid Shutdown in Election Year

Parties Compromise on $1.1 Trillion Budget, Avoid Shutdown in Election Year
A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year is getting generally positive reviews from House Republicans eager to avoid another shutdown crisis with elections looming in 10 months. Veteran Republicans said the generally positive response to the all-encompassing spending bill reflected the desire of the rank and file to avoid a repeat of the politically damaging budget standoffs with the White House that led to last year's 16-day partial government shutdown
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