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May 28th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary–May 28

Published May 28th, 2014 -

Florida is leading the nation in job growth so far this year.  According to the New York Times, this growth can be traced, in part, to savvy investments by Florida’s large tourism industry, which accounts for 1 in 6 private sector jobs in the Sunshine State.  ... More »

April 30th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – April 30

Published April 30th, 2014 -

With the prospect of a congressional raise in worker wage floors dimming, the White House and labor groups are shifting their efforts to the state and local level.  As the Wall Street Journal reports, “States and cities setting their own pay standards ha... More »

April 16th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – April 16

Published April 16th, 2014 -

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation giving unpaid interns the right to sue if they’re harassed or discriminated against by their employer.  As the New York Times explains, the bill is the latest chapter in the ongoing debate over the im... More »

April 2nd, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – April 2

Published April 2nd, 2014 -

According to a report released by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and major consulting firm Booz Allen, the federal government could face a serious crisis if it doesn’t correct how it manages the nation’s more than 2 million civil servants.  As Po... More »

March 19th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – March 19

Published March 19th, 2014 -

Despite facing opposition from some quarters of the labor movement, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has won the nomination to serve as the GOP’s candidate in the Illinois gubernatorial race.  The Chicago Tribune reports that Mr. Rauner is running on “a decided... More »


What Detroit’s Bankruptcy Plan Means for City Employees

Published March 6th, 2014 -

Background Last summer, Detroit filed for bankruptcy under chapter 9 of bankruptcy code.  This seldom-used provision offers federal ground rules for the City to restructure its $18 billion debt.  Detroit hopes to exit chapter 9 by getting judicial approval of ... More »

March 5th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – March 5

Published March 5th, 2014 -

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that “[i]t is time for Congress to save the Postal Service, not dismantle it.”  Senator Sanders argues in support of the Postal Service Protection Act, proposed legislation... More »

February 19th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – February 19

Published February 19th, 2014 -

Both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting on yesterday’s non-partisan CBO report on the expected impact of the Obama administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour.  As the Times notes, the report yielded mixed results: ... More »

January 22nd, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary–January 22

Published January 22nd, 2014 -

Several commentators have offered their takes on yesterday’s oral argument in Harris v. Quinn: Jess Bravin and Melanie Trottman of the Journal, Adam Liptak of the New York Times, and Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog all chime in.  And at the Washington Post Harold... More »


Roundup of Reactions to Oral Argument in NLRB v. Noel Canning

Published January 14th, 2014 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.  The much-anticipated case concerns the scope of the President’s “Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate . . . .” As Ali... More »

January 8th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – January 8

Published January 8th, 2014 -

The Senate—with the support of six Republicans—voted yesterday to extend emergency unemployment benefits for 3 months.  The Editorial Board of the Washington Post offers its thoughts on the economic implications of the extension, which comes at a cost of $6.5 ... More »

December 25th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — December 25

Published December 25th, 2013 -

As Detroit struggles to meet its obligations to fund retiree health funds and public sector pensions, the city is poised to enter a settlement with two banks that may see the banks recover around 75 cents on the dollar.  As the New York Times explains, this re... More »