safety nets

Bootstrap Unlaced: Studies from Right- and Left-Leaning Think Tanks Show Cuts to Unemployment Benefits Don't Create Jobs

Bootstrap Unlaced: Studies from Right- and Left-Leaning Think Tanks Show Cuts to Unemployment Benefits Don't Create Jobs
In January 2014, when a federal program extending unemployment benefits failed to be renewed in Congress, there was speculation about what might happen to those on unemployment. It is a popular idea with some that an unemployed individual isn’t motivated to seek out a job as long as a government check is coming in regularly. Experts weren’t sure and no reliable data was available. Now there is a report about some data.
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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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Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up

Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up
Governors across the Northeast are increasing heat subsidies for millions of people impacted by a harsh winter and even harsher cuts to federal safety nets. New Jersey has been especially hit hard, but has yet to receive any help from its top executive, Gov. Chris Christie.
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Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety

Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety
Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever job they can get. They are also also unwilling to demand healthy and safe environments.
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Robert Reich
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