Last month, President Barack Obama signed the $17.5 billion Hiring
Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act into law to assist small
businesses and spur job creation. This was definitely a start, but the
gravity of the current crisis demands much bolder and quicker action.
Congress needs to enact further state fiscal relief to support jobs and
avoid the massive layoffs that threaten social and economic vitality in
The Progressive States Network applauds the Federal Communications
Commission's efforts to partner with state leaders in order provide
universal broadband service to the American people. State legislators
are ready to work with their federal counterparts to guarantee
high-speed broadband to all residents of this country.
Labor and environmental groups joined with the U.S. government on
Thursday to promote high speed Internet access and related technologies
to create green jobs and help lift the United States out of recession.
This Dispatch will emphasize that there is no crisis in most state
retirement systems, even according to the numbers of the researchers
demanding state leaders take unneeded action to cut the incomes of
retirees. And despite the hype from a few carefully selected anecdotes
of retirees gaming pension systems, the reality is that the
overwhelming number of public employees receive pretty bare-bones
benefits, in some cases not enough even to keep them out of poverty.