Employers They Can't Stand
Private sector job growth is slowing, with time running out for the Democrats to turn things around. Right now, they're left passing a new $26 billion stimulus to keep voters from seeing how bad the economy truly is until after the election.
This year, many teachers and other public employees are anxiously waiting to see if a pending $26 billion stimulus bill — which passed in the Senate this week — keeps them out of the unemployment line.
State and local governments cut 29,500 education jobs in July, bringing total cuts this year to 61,800. More layoffs are likely as states still face yawning budget gaps. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that states will have to close deficits totaling $120 billion in fiscal year 2012, which begins next July 1.
"The Senate amendment will go a long way to protecting these jobs and ensuring that America's educators are working to educate our way to a better economy," (Education Secretary Arne) Duncan said. "It's the right thing to do for America's students and America's teachers."
Keeping union workers employed is vital to shoring up what may be left of support for Democrats this fall.