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Approved GOP House bill extends payroll tax cuts, reduces unemployment compensation

By | 12.14.11 | 9:58 am | More from The Florida Independent

The GOP-sponsored “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act,” which extends payroll tax cuts and extends but reduces unemployment benefits through 2012, passed in the U.S. House Tuesday night, but it will not pass in the Senate.

House GOP bill links payroll tax cut to oil pipeline approval, cuts to unemployment benefits

By | 12.13.11 | 12:52 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A GOP bill that would cut payroll taxes for American workers and approve an oil pipeline also contains changes to federally funded unemployment compensation programs set to expire Dec. 31.

Ohio’s increasingly unpopular governor admits he doesn’t read newspapers, hates bad news

By | 11.28.11 | 4:12 pm

In a speech delivered Monday at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio Gov. John Kasich reaffirmed his disdain for the press. “You should know, I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio,” he said. “Very rarely do I read a newspaper.”

Chicago Fed President to his colleagues: Obey the law

By | 11.15.11 | 4:05 pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has unveiled a new webpage that explains the Federal Reserve System’s dual mandate of achieving maximum employment while keeping prices stable, and shows key indicators of whether the Fed is actually fulfilling that mandate.

Herman Cain: With SB5, Ohio GOP ‘may have tried to get too much’

By | 11.14.11 | 6:14 pm

After spending at least a month “right in the corner of (Wis.) Gov. Scott Walker 100 percent,” Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain told Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel today that Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, a wide-ranging anti-collective-bargaining bill that was trounced at the polls on Tuesday, may have been an More…

Occupy Detroit is acquiring office space, housing

By | 11.14.11 | 3:17 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Members of Occupy Detroit have worked with local businesses to secure a multi-story office building, a store front for sign-making, a warehouse, and a renovated 50-unit hotel that will serve as housing for protesters.

Replacing Iowa Workforce Development offices with computers has improved access, says Branstad

By | 11.14.11 | 2:11 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

Closing 36 Iowa Workforce Development offices across the state and replacing them with computer terminals has meant greater access to services for Iowans while saving about $6.5 million, the head of the department and Gov. Terry Branstad say.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker recall effort heats up

By | 11.14.11 | 2:00 pm | More from The Minnesota Independent

Starting Tuesday, Wisconsin Democrats and labor groups will start an effort to gather more than 550,000 signatures by mid-January on a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Iowa Senate Dems say their educational town halls are better

By | 11.14.11 | 12:59 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

Offering comparison charts of educational town hall meetings over the past several months, Iowa Senate Democrats charged their party’s offerings have been held at more family- and teacher-friendly times.

Following SB5 vote, GOP and Dems begin decoding Ohio voters ahead of 2012

By | 11.11.11 | 5:49 pm

After the rejection of Ohio’s union-busting law, Senate Bill 5, on Tuesday, Democrats and media alike are crowing the results as good news for 2012, while Republicans have wasted no time rolling out their next attack on unions in the state.