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Oakland, Calif., can't pass a budget

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Jennifer Inez Ward, of Oakland Local, writes that the Oakland City Council has failed to pass a budget agreement for the coming fiscal year. And now there are dueling budget proposals: Mayor Jean Quan has one budget, and three additional proposals have been put forward by councilmembers. As the protester's ...

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Raising the minimum wage: a cure-all for the recession

Friday, June 10th, 2011

If you listened to the panel of economists and researchers who spoke last week here in Washington, you’d think they had found an economic magic bullet. With one action, the federal government could provide a boost to the working class and increase consumer spending, all without cutting into job creation. ...

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What we're reading - June 10 2011

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: This week I've been following a couple of stories from the world of Legal Services, which I've written about in the past. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1 million in funding for legal aid, through the ...

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Budget cuts leave workers in the lurch

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Workshop reporter Kat Aaron took a look at cuts to unemployment benefits, cash assistance, child care and job training, in a piece for the American Prospect:  Last week, the housing market took another dive. Unemployment remained at about 9 percent, where it's hovered since January, and the economy added just 54,000 ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.

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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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