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Tax breaks for the rich v. Budget Cuts for the poor: Wisconsin | Dailycensored.com #StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI

Tax breaks for the rich v. Budget Cuts for the poor: Wisconsin | Dailycensored.com

Tax breaks for the rich v. Budget Cuts for the poor: Wisconsin

By Donna Cooper | February 22, 2011

House leaders are unfortunately restricting their proposed budget cuts for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 to nonsecurity discretionary spending in an attempt to tame a $1.3 trillion deficit. This approach is especially shortsighted since the Federal Treasury loses twice as much revenue due to tax breaks than Congress appropriates on all nonsecurity discretionary spending.

The chart below compares the 10 safety-net programs slated for deep cuts with the cost of the tax breaks that should also be considered for reduction or elimination to bring the budget into balance. The column on the left is a list of safety-net programs that have already been targets of the House leadership’s budget ax. The column on the right is the cost to

The Examiner: Anonymous targets Koch bros with #OpWisconsin | www.kochwatch.org #StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI

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“Layoff List” is more Bloomberg propaganda « JD2718

“Layoff List” is more Bloomberg propaganda « JD2718

“Layoff List” is more Bloomberg propaganda

The layoff list that the DoE issued today, linked in tomorrow’s Times, is a fraud. He is trying to line up political support and public opinion against seniority.

It is a fraud because layoffs are not necessary. The money is there. He wants this crisis.

It is a fraud because he acts as if they are terminations, firings. “Let me fire for cause! Let me fire my least favorites! There is a budget crisis and I am allowed to fire, er, layoff” He is intentionally conflating layoffs (from which teachers would be rehired) with terminations (which is what he is after).

It is a fraud because seniority is the one measure (length of service) we have that is NOT arbitrary. We all know

The Answer Sheet - How 'Inside Job" explains school reform

The Answer Sheet - How 'Inside Job" explains school reform

How 'Inside Job" explains school reform

By Valerie Strauss

Now that “Inside Job” has won the Academy Award for best feature documentary, it seems like a good time to repost a piece about how this film about the financial crisis really does a good job explaining the problems today with school reform. It was written by Kevin G. Welner, a professor of education policy and program evaluation in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and director of theNational Education Policy Center.

By Kevin G. Welner
Over the past couple months, I’ve been asked to participate in a few panel discussions about “Waiting for Superman.” The film presents a stark, moving portrayal of the denial of educational opportunities in low-income communities of color. But while the movie includes statements

Tax Breaks for the Rich/Cuts for the Poor « Larry Miller's Blog #StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI

Tax Breaks for the Rich/Cuts for the Poor « Larry Miller's Blog

Tax Breaks for the Rich/Cuts for the Poor

Infographic: Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

By Donna Cooper | February 22, 2011

House leaders are unfortunately restricting their proposed budget cuts for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 to nonsecurity discretionary spending in an attempt to tame a $1.3 trillion deficit. This approach is especially shortsighted since the Federal Treasury loses twice as much revenue due to tax breaks than Congress appropriates on all nonsecurity discretionary spending.

The chart below compares the 10 safety-net programs slated for deep cuts with the cost of the tax breaks that should also be considered for reduction or elimination to bring the budget into balance. The column on the left is a list of safety-net programs that have already been targets of the House leadership’s budget ax. The column on the right is the cost to specified tax breaks (see bottom of page for sources).

Most Americans would be surprised to learn that tax breaks are not on the table during any budget negotiations. In fact, Congress has the Congressional Budget Office prepare an official spending estimate for the cost of all programs or their expansions. Meanwhile, Congress enacts and continues tax breaks without any requirement

Rally to Preserve Collective Bargaining 2/26/2011

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UW-LaCrosse Professor and AFT-Wisconsin member Eric Barnes speaks to over 100,000 people rallying to preserve collective bargaining in Madison, WI on 2/26/2011


NYC Public School Parents: Arne Duncan: Dumb and Dumber

NYC Public School Parents: Arne Duncan: Dumb and Dumber

Arne Duncan: Dumb and Dumber

Yesterday, Arne Duncan warned governors about ‘dumb’ education cuts and then suggested even dumber cuts, like increasing class size:

“Duncan also said that states should think selectively about increasing class sizes. The father of two grade-school-age children said he’d rather his kids be in a bigger class with a better teacher than a smaller class with a lousy one. He suggested teachers could get paid extra for getting a bigger class…”

Now can anyone explain how that would help kids? Pay teachers more to teach more kids, each of which would get less attention and support and a lower quality of education?

Meanwhile, the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the US Department of Education (which he heads) points out that class size reduction is one of only a handful of reforms that have been proven to work through rigorous evidence.

Duncan, whose speech was peppered with references to “you guys”… is popular even with many

School Tech Connect: Back from Madtown

School Tech Connect: Back from Madtown

Back from Madtown



Some sights and sounds from the Madison labor rally this weekend. It was a beautiful thing, and I'll be back for the next one. Apparently the governor is trying to make a big deal that some of the protesters are from out of state, as if the Koch brothers are living in Mt. Horeb in a cottage.

I've got a lot more to say about it but I'm wiped out. The rally turned into the kind of weekend that I would like to say I remember from college. There were lots of great speeches, including an insanely funny Wisconsin nurse--- it was so cold and my hands were shaking; I couldn't operate the recorder. But the best speech

Big Education Ape: 2-27-11, Special PM #wiunion Edition #StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Indiana State AFL-CIO - Daily Schedule of Events - February 28, 2011Daily Schedule of Events - February 28, 2011Printer friendly version | Send this story to a friendThe following is a tentative sc...

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bloomberg.com - Koch Industries Inc. and its employees and subsidiaries spent $1.2 million in the last election helping to elect Republican governors who are now trying to take away bargaining rights of state work...

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edweek.org - Madison, Wis.The largest crowd yet converged at the Wisconsin Capitol on Saturday to rally against a Republican-backed bill that would weaken public sector unions, with protesters—including a few f...

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theawl.com - There are no two ways about it: Wisconsin workers, both private and public, will emerge worse off on the other side of the current budget bill battle. But Wisconsin is going down fighting. The ques...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Mad, mad, mad town! « Fred Klonsky's blogMad, mad, mad town!FEBRUARY 26, 2011by Fred Klonsky.Share this: Facebook StumbleUp

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labornotes.org - Today’s news from Madison: The biggest demonstration yet is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday. The central labor council says as many as 110,000 are expected. The state Assembly passed the “budget repair...

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academicbiz.typepad.com - Teachers are not overpaid. Their benefits are not too rich. And collective bargaining is a bad way to ensure that all sides get a fair hearing, it’s just better than the alternatives. Image via W...

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sacramentopa.blogspot.com - Rallies in 50 States Support Wisconsin Protesters By the CNN Wire Staff February 27, 2011 (CNN) -- A coalition spearheaded by liberal advocacy group Moveon.org held rallies across the country Satur...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - 3StepsEvilTwin | Feb 26, 2011 | 1 likes, 0 dislikesMoveOn.Org Rally in Sacramento, CA 2/26/2011

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npr.org - In Indiana on Wednesday, the state Senate approved a bill that would limit collective bargaining by teachers' unions. Enlarge AJ Mast/AP Rick Muir, president of the Indiana Federation of Teachers, ...

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democraticunderground.com - That won't happen, at least from him, so our best hope here for the moment is from the state senate republicans.Wisconsin is the front now for this war. The battle here might be lost for the time b...

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modeducation.blogspot.com - digg_url="http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2011/02/gutting-child-labor-laws-in-missouri.html"; Missouri state senator Jane Cunningham has sponsored senate bill 222, which would revoke current st...

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my.firedoglake.com - Georgia’s proportion of unionized workers is four percent, tied for forty-eighth and close to the bottom of the heap in the U.S., which is close to the bottom among nations that consider themselves...

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bannorphoto.smugmug.com - Protestors gather in downtown Chicago in support of public union workers in Chicago. gallery pages: 1 2 3 > Protestors at the Rally to Restore the American Dream, Chicago. Protestors at the R...

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theindychannel.com - POSTED: 7:26 pm EST February 26, 2011UPDATED: 7:50 pm EST February 26, 2011INDIANAPOLIS -- Rallies at the Indiana Statehouse continued on Saturday as the ongoing stalemate between House Democrats a...

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millermps.wordpress.com - “Madison Police Estimate Biggest Crowd Yet.” The Wisconsin State Journal estimated the crowd size at 70,000 at 12:30 PM, which was 2 and a half hours before the rally was to begin. By 3PM over 100,...

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modeducation.blogspot.com - digg_url="http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2011/02/providence-fires-all-its-teachers.html"; "Pere Ubu, You're Killing Everyone!" ("Ubu Roi, the War March," 2009, by Hernan Bas)In an unprecedent...

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msnbc.msn.com - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that government workers’ collective bargaining rights have caused unsustainable costs and stuck to his demand that bargaining rights ...

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blogs.edweek.org - The nation's governors are gathering in Washington this weekend at a time when education issues have bolted to the front of the public debate—and not for reasons the state leaders would have hoped....

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newsweek.com - But unions still have a crucial role to play in America. First, they give workers a voice within—and, when necessary, leverage against—their employer. That means higher wages, but it also means tha...

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thedailyshow.com - Crisis in Dairyland - Scott Walker Prank Call 02/23/11 If Scott Walker doesn't get what he wants by Friday, the streets of Madison will run pink with slips.

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millermps.wordpress.com - You heard it here first: Tax the rich and solve budget shortfall By Marc V. Levine Feb. 26, 2011 MJS Op-Ed One of the most pernicious myths surrounding the Wisconsin budget showdown is Gov. Scott W...

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washingtonpost.com - OREGON, WIS. - Michael Wernick, 61, a longtime body and fender man, says his financial fortunes have gone nowhere but down over the past decade. His salary is stagnant, and his 401(k) has shrunk, d...

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jsonline.com - Feb. 27, 2011 10:51 a.m. | Madison - The Wisconsin AFL-CIO released a statement early Sunday that said "hundreds to risk peaceful arrest to defend rights," as police prepare to shutdown the Capitol...

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articles.latimes.com - February 06, 2011|By Tom Hamburger, Kathleen Hennessey and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles TimesReporting from Washington — The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washing...

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prwatch.org - While most news coverage has focused on how Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill attacks the state’s 200,000 public sector workers (and by extension, the entire middle class), the law is incr...

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palmbeachpost.com - By John KennedyPalm Beach Post Staff WriterUpdated: 9:18 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 Posted: 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature's ruling Rep...

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