New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been hailed by some as a bold leader,
but the priorities expressed in his first budget, approved this week by the legislature, indicate that he is following the right-wing's
slash-and-burn policies and adhering to economically flawed and discounted
Advocates demanding stricter rules against illegal immigration -- including those backing Arizona's new law clamping down on undocumented immigrants -- have long argued that state lawmakers have been forced to act because of Congress's reluctance to take the lead.
But with little sign that Congress will act on comprehensive immigration reform this year, advocates for immigrants are also taking matters into their own hands. Like their political opponents, they have turned to their state legislatures to fight back.
In states from Pennsylvania to Utah, a battle of bills has been taking place between those who want to reproduce the Arizona law, which hands police more power to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, and those who want to extend further rights to immigrants.
More than two years after Gov. Jennifer Granholm launched what may be
the most ambitious job retraining program in Michigan history, 16,164
workers have found new jobs but nearly twice that many either dropped
out or are still unable to find work.
The more-than-$500 million
No Worker Left Behind program may be well-intentioned and well-designed,
but with Michigan leading the nation in unemployment for most of the
past four years, success has been limited.