| Jan 14, 2014
An editorial in the Jan. 10 issue of the Tribune about minimum wage restates the old canard that a minimum wage increase will lead to job losses (“Work, wages and consequences”).
This unproven statement harks back to at least the 1930s...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:13 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Before President Obama unveiled a manufacturing initiative here Wednesday, he delivered his customary shout-out to local officials, including the Republican governor sitting in the front row, and thanked Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan "for the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Friday’s weak jobs report could provide momentum in Congress for extending unemployment insurance, despite the continued objections of most Republicans who believe that government intervention distorts the market and provides a...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:59 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — Saying he sees a possible "breakthrough" year for the U.S. economy, President Obama touted a new manufacturing institute in this state's technology hub, an election-year attempt to show he can advance his agenda without his...
| Jan 19, 2014
Republicans have just discovered poverty and income inequality — a remarkable revelation, considering they have caused so much of it.
On the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," the tea party-GOP has declared it a failure. And...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Note to parents who have children riding bikes and skateboards to school:
While driving last week in Newport Heights, a number of commuters and I were taking our respective turns at a four-way stop sign. As the other cars stopped to allow me to take...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 4:56 PM
The U. S. Department of Labor on Saturday authorized unemployment payments to Florida's unemployed whose claims have been delayed due to the state's flawed online unemployment system, Connect.
The Department of Economic Opportunity said it met with...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:02 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's jobs agency met with federal Department of Labor officials over the state's problem-plagued unemployment compensation system and will now start paying claims on hold for more than seven days, the agency announced Saturday....
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Cross your fingers. A new online "clearinghouse" system for property insurance is set to launch on Jan. 27. Given the way things have gone recently with the state's revamped unemployment system (a disaster) and the federal Obamacare enrollment site (a...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — Four months after a botched computer upgrade delayed unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of Californians, jobless workers are still finding it nearly impossible to reach state employees for help.
On any given day in recent...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 7:43 AM
Given the bungled rollout and the lingering problems with the state's new unemployment claims system (here and here), I figured it would be a good time to test (and get on the record) Gov. Rick Scott's faith in the guy charged with exterminating the...