Labor and Employment

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010

While the debate over health care reform may be front and center on Capitol Hill this week, budget deficits and the jobs crisis that underlies them continue to headline conversations in state capitols.

Congress may soon follow suit. Whether health reform passes or not, Congress is poised to pivot to a series of bills, known collectively as the “jobs agenda,” which could have a direct impact on state...

According to a new CSG report, stimulus-funded green jobs grew by 70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. CSG’s original report, released in December, found roughly 13,000 green jobs were created or saved from when the Recovery Act was enacted to Sept. 30, 2009.

It’s no secret: During this recession, record numbers of workers who lost jobs are drawing benefits from state unemployment funds. Many states are feeling the pinch. In fact, the U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday night that extends federal emergency unemployment benefits for workers who have exhausted their basic state unemployment benefits.  But that won’t resolve the dire unemployment insurance situation.

As unemployment rates have skyrocketed in the economic downturn, state unemployment insurance funds are being depleted at increasing rates.  As funds run out, states are borrowing from the federal government, raising taxes and cutting benefits. 

State eNews Issue #41, March 3, 2010

Even as economists are touting the end of the Great Recession, states are still dealing with the challenges associated with the market collapse, housing bubble bust and a multitude of other fiscal challenges.

A new report from the Brookings Institution calls for Great Lakes states to create region-wide investment fund.

Study highlights striking differences in condition of state retirement systems.

Iowa is offering an early-retirement package to state employees as part of its budget-balancing plan for fiscal year 2011.

State eNews Issue #40 | February 18, 2010

n 2000, more than half the states had fully funded state employee pension funds; that dropped to six states by 2006 and four states by 2008, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States.
State eNews Issue #39 | February 3, 2010


President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, with its strong jobs and middle-class families themes, seemed to echo the famous Clinton campaign war room posting, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

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