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Can Obama's Plan Erase New York's Jobs Deficit?

Sep 14, 2011

Photo by Marsmet45 The package of job creation and stimulus measures proposed by President Barack Obama last week is welcome medicine for an ailing economy. If adopted, the president's plan will

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Public Cuts, Private Reluctance Could Slow Growth in Green Jobs

Aug 08, 2011

Photo courtesy Association for Energy Affordability In weatherization classes, trainees learn building science theory as well as hard skills, such as how to seal building cracks and apply insulation. Back in 2009,

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:58 PM)


Bloomberg Poverty Policies Cut the Public, Boost the Private

Jul 19, 2011

Photo by World Bank Philippines This mother in the Philippines received money – known as a conditional cash transfer – to keep her children in school and healthy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Budget Cuts Could Strangle Sputtering Recovery

Jun 20, 2011

Photo by cybergreen7 Demonstrators marched from City Hall to Wall Street last month to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts. The recent spate of indicators showing weakening in the economy

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:09 PM)


Pension Proposal: An Attack on Working People

Jun 17, 2011

Photo by New York State Assembly In 2009, Gov. David Paterson signed legislation adding a fifth tier to the state's pension system, requiring new employees to make contributions to the system

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:09 PM)


Pension Proposal: A Fiscal Remedy for New York

Jun 17, 2011

Photo by Jorbasa Under current rules, police can retire after 20 or 25 years of service and begin collecting a pension -- even at the age of 50 or younger. Gov. Andrew

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:09 PM)


Officials Call for Holding the Line on Contracts

Jun 03, 2011

Photo (cc) William Alatriste City Comptroller John Liu strode into the spacious fifth floor conference room in the municipal building last week to hold his first impromptu press conference as the

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:09 PM)


Council Starts to Maneuver on Budget

May 09, 2011

Photo (cc) Edward ReedEdward Reed Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his executive budget on Friday. This time the billionaire mayor means business. For the 10th time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood in the Blue Room

Last Updated (Monday, June 03, 2013 03:02 PM)