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Albany, NY  |  The Desmond Hotel  |  August 2 & 3, 2014

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Getting Ohio’s Economy Back to Work…For All of Us

Director Amy Hanauer roused the City Club on Friday with a vision for building a stonger Ohio economy by tapping sustainable resources and investing in all Ohioans. Check out the video here.

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Where employment rose—or didn’t, 2007 to 2013

In 2013, there were still fewer Vermonters employed than in 2007, before the recession took hold. That’s true in about two-thirds of Vermont towns. But for the residents of the remaining third, employment was higher than in 2007.

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Huge Victory for Fast Food Workers

Yesterday the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board said that McDonald’s Corporation could be held liable as a joint employer for labor violations at its franchise operations.  The Labor Board is considering complaints brought by McDonald’s employees who claim they were retaliated against by their employers after participating in protests back in November ...

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When the going gets tough

…emergency managers run for the hills.
Or at least that’s what Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, did yesterday when he returned control of the city’s Water and Sewage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan.

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Hear Shelby’s story: Learn why we need paid family leave

Shelby Ramirez wears many hats: mother of two, daughter, worker and full time student. After a recent experience of taking time off work to care for sick family members-and facing poverty as a result-Shelby questions if she should add another hat to the list: activist.
Watch Shelby’s Story, one of the latest from Family Values @ Work. In the short video, Shelby explains the tough choices she faced after taking 2.5 weeks off of work to care for her sick dad and daughter when they both needed surgery in the same week.

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UPDATED: Court rules school voucher money can flow before final decision on program’s legality

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this story omitted the news that Judge Hobgood also ruled in favor of allowing Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger to intervene in the case and defend the school voucher program. Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood ruled Wednesday that the state can begin to disburse school voucher funds ...

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Will the Outer Banks Survive?

It may be mid-summer, and the Outer Banks may evoke memories of beaches, lighthouses, and wild horses, but UNC journalist and educator Sara Peach reminds us in this must-read National Geographic multimedia essay (photos, videos and maps) that memories could be all that remain in a few short years. Among the scientists Peach interviewed is East ...

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Rebecca Kopplin: Sticking to Principle

Rebecca Kopplin grew up hearing about the ACLU and was attracted to the organization because of our historical track record of standing by principles no matter how challenging or unpopular the circumstance.  It was this consistency, plus the prospect of working alongside ACLU-WA staff attorneys, that sold Rebecca on a legal internship for this summer.

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: House Bill 2

The beginning of the legislative session seems far away, but it is only 20 wonky words! (If I take off Christmas and New Years). I think there are easily 20 wonky budget words to explain between now and then. So lets get back to it – House Bill 2 (HB2) is next on our list.
Last week, we went over appropriation and started to talk about in the main spending bill called the “General Appropriations Act” which is known as HB2. Today, we dig deeper.

What is in HB2?

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