• Jobs

    How bleak January jobs report boosts chances of Biden’s stimulus plan

    January’s payrolls report showed disappointing job gains and more Americans leaving the labor force. The report amplified calls backing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. The absence of new aid risks permanent labor-market scarring, a former Fed economist said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The January jobs report painted a gloomy picture of the US labor market’s recovery. And that could be just what the Biden administration needs to justify its $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Initial readings of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Friday report were somewhat encouraging. The US added 49,000 nonfarm payrolls last month, a sharp reversal from the losses seen in December. The…

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    Opinion: Climate plan is a jobs creator, says Gina McCarthy

    We think about the countless Americans who are in the crosshairs of the climate catastrophe we face. We think about the children who grasp for their inhalers because they grew up in a marginalized community on the fence line of a big polluter. We think about the workers who lay awake at night worried about what the future of their work looks like. We think about the families whose homes and lives were engulfed by wildfires or swept away by a hurricane this past year. When I was asked to become the first-ever National Climate Advisor to lead the charge in combating the climate crisis, there was a pretty simple…

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  • Education

    GOP releases education funding plan, Dems say its a ‘slap in the face’ to educators

    The debate is heating up at the Statehouse over school funding. Senate Republicans just released their plans and Democrats said it takes the underfunding of Iowa schools to a new level. The GOP bill calls for a 2.2{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in state supplemental aid. Democrats said that plan provides Iowa’s 141 school districts with less funding in the next fiscal year due to the declining enrollment. The GOP plan offers an additional $30 million to school districts that complied with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ in-person class requirements during the pandemic. “If you were in the classroom every day, you’ll obviously have added costs every day of substitutes, cleaning, all of those things,”…

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    Overlooked By Colorado’s Vaccine Plan, Higher Education Teachers And Staff Wait Their Turn

    As of now, most college workers will be eligible for vaccination in summer, when the state projects it will start Phase 3 of its distribution plan, as members of the general public — those ages 16-59. Some may qualify earlier under different criterias, like those with high risk conditions or those who received a placebo during a vaccine trial.  CU spokesperson Jennifer McDuffie said in a press conference last month the university, which will receive vaccine doses from the state, is also unsure of when they will be allowed to vaccinate workers.  “We are still waiting on guidance around educators from the state,” McDuffie said. “At CU, we do believe…

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    Gov. Wolf’s Education Plan Makes Historic $1.3 Billion Investment in Public Schools

    Restores fairness to public school fundingDirects all existing state basic education funding through fair funding formula for first timeEliminates or cuts taxes for two-thirds of Pennsylvanians Continuing to make the future of Pennsylvania’s students a priority, Governor Tom Wolf’s 2021 agenda makes a historic $1.3 billion investment in public schools and creates fairness in education funding, while cutting taxes for working families and businesses. The governor was joined for a virtual press conference by state Rep. Chris Rabb, Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega and Allentown School District Superintendent Thomas Parker. “Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unfair to students, teachers and communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “The state still largely funds schools…

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    Democrats and higher education groups oppose Republican COVID-19 plan

    A top Democrat on education issues said the first proposal put out by some Republicans to find a bipartisan proposal to provide more coronavirus relief would not do enough for higher education. The comments by Representative Bobby Scott, the Virginia Democrat who chairs the House education committee, came as President Biden reportedly rejected a proposal by a group of 10 Republican senators as too small. Though Biden did not close the door on further negotiations with Republicans, he urged Democratic senators to go ahead with trying to pass the $1.9 trillion package he proposed, three times larger than the $618 billion proposed by the group of Republicans. While the Republicans have said…

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    Governor Wolf Proposes Plan to Cut Taxes for Working Class Families, Invest Billions in Education and Workforce Development

    Historic Tax Cut Proposal Will Reduce or Eliminate Taxes for Thousands ofWorking Class Families Governor Will Deliver His Annual Budget Address Via Video Wednesday Governor Tom Wolf outlined his budget plan to remove barriers and cut taxes for working class families in Pennsylvania while investing billions of dollars into Pennsylvania schools​ and workforce development initiatives. The governor’s plan would make Pennsylvania’s tax structure more fair and equitable, cutting taxes for working class families while still making historic investments in public education through the fair funding formula. “We will defeat COVID, but we can’t yet say when it will be safe for life to return to normal – and it’s hard to…

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