Friday, May 03, 2013

Can you spare one billion dollars?

* Even though the Republicans are trying to destroy the economy with their sequestration and austerity measures, there are some good economic numbers.

USA Today:

Employers added a better-than-expected 165,000 jobs in April,, easing concerns that payroll growth may be slipping into a sustained midyear slump. 

The unemployment rate fell to 7.5% from 7.6%, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the lowest since December 2008.

Payroll gains for February and March were revised up by a total 114,000. February's gains were revised to 332,000 from 268,000 and March's to 138,000 from 88,000. Monthly job growth has averaged 196,000 so far this year, vs. 183,000 for all of 2012.....

Right now, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is probably crying somewhere.

*** Gov. John Kasich continues to try to reward his business buddies while taking more and more away from communities, safety programs, and schools.

Business First:

Gov. John Kasich wants the state to provide $1 billion in rebates to all employers in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system with checks going out as early as June....

What would happen if that one billion dollars went to public schools to help children or was used by communities to rehire laid off police and fire fighters?

One billion dollars????? All this is happening while Ohio Republicans propose bills to make the state a right-to-work state, and hand over even more money to employers.