Today’s News & Commentary — July 6, 2017
According to US News, immigration activists and labor groups are holding a rally in Boston to protest President Trump’s increase of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Organizers also note they are opposed to President Trump’s travel ban. Finally, U.S. Congressman Ed Markey is expected to attend and speak.
As Texas’ Legislature heads back for a Special Session, Governor Greg Abbot has prioritized passing Senate Bill 13, which would end automatic payroll deductions for union dues. Teachers are concerned because they believe this bill will lead to lower membership. Moreover, teachers also find this bill unfair because it exempts certain police and fire unions.
The number of Americans applying for jobless aid rose from 244,000 to 248,000 this week as compared to last week. Nevertheless, this is the 122nd week in a row with applications below 300,000 which is the longest such stretch since 1970 when the U.S. population was significantly less than today.
Finally, according to the Houston Chronicle, U.S. business added 158,000 jobs in June, as per an ADP survey. The survey found the strongest job growth in services and job loss in construction and mining particularly oil and gas drillers which shed 6,000 jobs last month.