February

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Video: Fighting for Chicago mass transit

Transit workers and environmental activists rallied here in support of mass transit last Thursday, calling for increased funding, not cuts.

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Florida tea party governor rejects Obama's rail funds

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott is refusing billions of dollars from the Obama administration for what Scott's critics say would be an economic boom for the state: a high speed rail project connecting Tampa and Orlando.

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Doomsday scenario for Calif. budget cuts

Brown’s proposals call for some $12.5 billion in cuts, mostly to programs serving human needs.

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GOP seeks immediate cut in Dept of Labor budget

House Republicans are seeking large cuts in domestic programs for the rest of this fiscal year - including 21 percent from the Labor Department - and they promise more to come next year.

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Illinois bill aims to raise the minimum wage

The current minimum wage at $8.25, which went into effect in July, would be boosted by 50 cents plus the rate of inflation annually until it reaches the historic $10.

Economists paint bleak picture of Great Recession aftermath

A total of one out of every six workers are un- or underemployed.

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Anti-immigrant laws are problem, not solution, study shows

A new study shows that  "enforcement only" strategies are likely to cause large scale suffering and disruption rather than solve the undocumented immigration problem.

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Obama turns up the heat on big business

The president's speech to the Chamber of Commerce Feb. 7 was much more than the "thaw with business leaders."

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Facing benefit cutoff, jobless "99ers" organize

Activists note official unemployment in Connecticut has more than doubled to about 170,000 since 2007, with  no sign of improvement. It's a crisis for the entire state and demands emergency attention, they say.

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It's official: jobless rate in January at 9 percent

Unemployment dropped in January by .4 percent to 9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. It was the second straight .4 percent monthly decline in the official rate. That was the only good news in the report.

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