Wall Street banks handed out $28.5 billion in bonuses to their 167,800 employees last year, up 3 percent over 2013, according to figures from the NY State Comptroller.
Many Democratic state legislators are eager to restore the massive funding cuts suffered by human services programs in recent years.
After lobbying by the nation's postal unions - and questions from non-partisan auditors about savings claims - a key GOP-run House committee reversed course.
Despite huge past problems with electronic verification , the Social Security Administrationis charging ahead with a plan to force almost all recipients into Internet-only communication.
"A goal of our Truthful Tuesday protests was to get people talking, change the dialogue, and reduce the tea party influence on Republicans. That is happening," said Brett Bursey, director of the S. C. Progressive Network.
Union members and North Texas Jobs with Justice rallied outside the Dallas main post office the morning of Nov. 7. Response from post office customers and thousands of passers-by on Highway 30 was generous and positive.
Once again, the Service Employees have joined a private lawsuit, and supported an Obama administration lawsuit, challenging anti-immigrant laws.
Health, education and other human needs programs have endured repeated severe cuts over the years. The California budget that finally passed included still deeper cuts.
The new three-year contracts, including raises and benefit improvements and a return to work with former positions and hours, were approved by an overwhelming vote of 189 to 6.
Public officials, labor, religious and community leaders in Cleveland denounced the "slash and sell" budget proposed by Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich at a town hall meeting last week.