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More big cuts in Calif. budget

After months of negotiation, California Governor Jerry Brown June 27 signed overall legislation for a general fund totaling $95.1 billion.


Some Republican anti-labor moves derailed, the fight goes on

Three narrow votes in a key Senate committee and some crafty maneuvering by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derailed anti-labor schemes that right-wing Republican senators hatched and floated in mid-June.


Parents occupy Oakland school to protest closures

Parents and teachers occupying Lakeview Elementary School since June 15 say they plan to stay until the district agrees to keep their school and four others open, reversing its decision to close them as of the end of the school year.

New Yorkers protest Bloomberg's budget cuts

Public budget hearings gave City Council members and citizens an opportunity to push back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Tulsa implements ALEC anti-public-school agenda

The city of Tulsa has consistently pushed to cut funding for projects that benefit the taxpayers.


Library closing plan will shut people out

If the mayor's budget is approved, it will reduce Memphians' library access by nearly 25 percent.


Interest rate swaps wreak havoc around the country

Like many states and local governments around the country, Oakland is being victimized by the banking industry.


GOP budget vs the people

would destroy the American Dream and, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka,, "establish a government of, by and for the 1percent."The budget proposes the unleashing of numerous additional reductions in the living standards of working people.


Over 1,000 at Oregon Capitol protest cuts, school privatization

More than a thousand public employee unionists, educators, parents, environmentalists, and Occupy activists rallied for a "Strong Schools, Strong Oregon" day of mass action at the state Capitol.


Obama budget draws praise, some complaints, from labor leaders

The president's budget will be ignored in the GOP-run House, where Budget Committee Chairm Paul Ryan, R-Wis., intends to draft a proposal, which is expected to push killing of Medicare as we know it.

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