FLASHBACK: Dems Promised to Restore Food Stamp Cuts from 2010

By: Friday June 22, 2012 7:31 am

Food stamp cuts came in two bills in 2010. One was in the state fiscal aid bill, which cut SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funding by $11.7 billion. Then there was the child nutrition bill, and another $2.2 billion in cuts. So that literally expanded the school lunch program by paying for it with a low-income family’s dinner


State and Local Austerity Creating Slow-Growth Economy

By: Monday March 5, 2012 11:55 am

Paul Krugman confirms today that if we had had the same public sector growth over the last few years that is customary during economic downturns, or just growth consistent with population growth,[the unemployment rate would be at least a full point lower. In fact, higher unemployment is a consequence of austerity, particularly at the state and local level. The economy has been given a shot of stimulus from a variety of sources, but much of that has been counteracted by this austerity.

Republicans Block State Fiscal Aid Bill, Jobs for Teachers and Public Safety Workers

By: Friday October 21, 2011 7:01 am

As expected, Senate Republicans blocked the state fiscal aid bill that would have put as much as 400,000 teachers and public safety officials back to work. All 47 Senate Republicans voted against cloture on the motion to proceed on the bill. In addition, three members of the Democratic caucus said no. We knew that Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson would be no votes, but Mark Pryor also decided that a 0.5% surtax on every dollar over $1,000,000 for Sam Walton and the Walton family wealthy Americans was too much to ask. This means that the final tally on the bill was 50-50. In a sane world where majority rules, Vice President Biden would have cast the tie-breaker and 400,000 teachers and fire fighters and cops would have jobs to look forward to. As it is, the Senate is an undemocratic institution, and states still suffering with depressed tax revenues will have to continue the rounds of layoffs that have been a lead weight on the economy.

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