US States Budget Crisis
By Bryan Dyne, 26 March 2013
Kevyn Orr began the first day of his eighteen-month tenure as the state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) of Detroit on Monday.
By Jerry White, 26 March 2013
City workers at Detroit’s giant wastewater treatment plant overwhelmingly voted to reject a contract pushed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013
The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.
By Kate Randall, 25 March 2013
The Democratic proposal contains $975 billion in spending cuts, including $275 billion in new cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
By David Brown, 25 March 2013
Sequester cuts are forcing the closure of 149 air traffic control towers in mid-sized airports.
By Larry Porter and Bryan Dyne, 25 March 2013
Detroit’s City Council and union bureaucrats declared that the financial takeover of the city was racist, even though the emergency manager himself is black.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 25 March 2013
Teachers, parents and students in Strongsville, Ohio rallied last week as instructors concluded the third week of their strike.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 March 2013
The six-year sellout agreement is aimed at locking in place the automatic deduction of union dues from workers’ paychecks.
Detroit teachers and city workers:
By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 March 2013
This statement is being distributed to Detroit teachers and workers at the Water and Sewerage Department, voting on contracts today.
By John Marion, 20 March 2013
The sequester cuts will hit research jobs as well as a wide range of social welfare programs.
By Lawrence Porter, 18 March 2013
One day after being named Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr threatened to use the bankruptcy courts to impose drastic cuts.
By James Brewer, 18 March 2013
In a revelation by the Detroit News, Orr is found to have two outstanding liens on his Maryland home.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 18 March 2013
Teachers entered the second week of their strike in Strongsville, Ohio, as a federal mediator called for talks.
By Lawrence Porter, 16 March 2013
The selection of Kevyn Orr as emergency manager is aimed at escalating the assault on the working class of Detroit.
By Shannon Jones, 16 March 2013
Detroit’s new emergency manager is a ruthless defender of corporate interests
By Kate Randall, 15 March 2013
The sequester will result in hundreds of thousands of layoffs, benefit cuts to the long-term unemployed, cuts to nutrition and mental health services, and reduced funding for research, disease prevention and national parks.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 March 2013
The new financial manager, bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn Orr, will have vast powers and one essential task: to escalate the attack on the working class.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2013
Less than two weeks after the start of $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, President Obama has pressed Democrats to agree to far deeper cuts in social programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
By Usman Clemens, 13 March 2013
There is growing anger among workers and youth over Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s impending appointment of an emergency manager over the city
By Andre Damon, 8 March 2013
President Barack Obama has initiated what commentators called a “charm offensive,” including dinner with Paul Ryan, aimed at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans.
By Lawrence Porter, 8 March 2013
On March 6 the Detroit City Council voted 7-1 to initiate a legal appeal of the decision by Michigan’s governor to name an emergency manager for the city of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 6 March 2013
As Democrats and Republicans move to make $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts permanent, Wall Street is clamoring for more cutbacks.
By Lawrence Porter and Shannon Jones, 6 March 2013
Sections of the Democratic Party in Detroit are posturing as opponents of the impending appointment of an emergency manager by Republican Governor Rick Snyder
Obama signals cuts to remain in place
By Barry Grey, 4 March 2013
Obama and the Democrats continue to pose as opponents of the sequester cuts even as they maneuver with the Republicans to make them permanent.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 2 March 2013
The across-the-board cuts in health care, housing, education, public transit, jobless benefits, nutrition assistance and other vital services establish a new base line for even deeper cuts to come.
By Shannon Jones, 2 March 2013
An emergency manager would have virtually dictatorial powers to void union contracts, cut services, sell city assets and privatize city functions.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 2 March 2013
The problem is not the lack of resources, but the monopolization of society’s wealth by the rich.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2013
The unstated agenda is to deliberately create a crisis atmosphere in order to claim that the only way out is an assault on the basic social “entitlement” programs.
By Andre Damon, 25 February 2013
Whatever the outcome of the political theatrics in advance of the March 1 deadline, the sequester crisis marks a new stage in the ruling class assault on the social conditions of working people in America.
By Jeff Lusanne, 22 February 2013
The recent spate of violence in Chicago has prompted protests calling for the reinstatement of adult trauma care at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
State of the City speech
By Shannon Jones, 16 February 2013
In his annual State of the City address, the Detroit mayor defended the policies of his administration, which have left a trail of wreckage across the city.
By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2013
Under the cloak of a small increase in school funding, the budget opens the way for the dramatic expansion of charter schools.
By Dan Conway and Itza Cantu, 15 February 2013
The “Parent Revolution” organization manipulates parent discontent to charterize struggling Los Angeles public schools.
By James Brewer, 13 February 2013
More drastic measures were announced by the unelected financial advisory board in Detroit.
By Samuel Davidson, 11 February 2013
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is seeking deep cuts to basic programs and tax breaks for business.
By Shannon Jones, 4 February 2013
The cuts to parks are just the latest in a series of attacks on jobs and basic services such as firefighting, street lighting and bus transportation.
By John Marion, 1 February 2013
Deval Patrick’s proposed budget targets the working class to fund public transit and education “reforms.”
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 January 2013
The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s dropped Illinois’ credit to worst in the US, paving the way for Democrats to launch an assault on retired workers’ pensions and health care plans.
By Julien Kiemle, 30 January 2013
The closing of 11 elementary schools in Sacramento is part of a broader assault on the right to education.
By James Brewer, 26 January 2013
A report issued this week entitled “State of the Detroit Child” quantifies the city’s catastrophic social crisis.
By our reporters, 25 January 2013
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party received an enthusiastic response at a public meeting of about 300 when they called for opposition to all school closures.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2013
The Detroit Fire Department took 21 minutes to respond to a fire because nearby stations were either closed or browned out, a result of the cuts to public services in Detroit.
By Adam Sagitov and Nick Barrickman, 23 January 2013
The DC education chancellor released a finalized list of 15 public school closures slated for this year and next.
By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 21 January 2013
The social situation of working people in California is even worse than the picture painted in a recent report.
By Julien Kiemle, 16 January 2013
The barbaric conditions that characterize California's prison system will only worsen as Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announces his plan to raise the cap on the state's prison population.
Thousands line up for aid
By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2013
Thousands seeking housing assistance overwhelmed the human services center in the Detroit suburb of Taylor early Saturday morning.
By Kevin Kearney, 14 January 2013
A recent article by the Wall Street Journal demands deeper cuts in Stockton workers’ pensions and benefits as part of municipal bankruptcy proceedings.
By Debra Watson, 9 January 2013
Thousands more Michigan families who are unemployed or underemployed will abruptly lose welfare under a new law.
By Gary Joad, 7 January 2013
A mental health facility for inpatient care and its companion outpatient care clinic have been shuttered in Cumberland, Wisconsin.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 January 2013
A ruling last month rejected CalPERS' efforts to force San Bernardino to continue its payments to the pension fund.
By John Marion, 27 December 2012
Connecticut’s public schools and social services, along with state workers’ wages, are targeted in the new fiscal year.
By Lawrence Porter, 22 December 2012
The Republican-controlled state legislature has passed a series of reactionary measures in its “lame duck” session.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 December 2012
Two recent reports reveal the extent of redistribution of city tax revenues to corporate interests while cuts to services deepen.
By John Marion, 13 December 2012
The Democratic governor of Massachusetts, a close friend of the president’s, is calling for major cuts in social programs to close a state budget gap.
By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 12 December 2012
The inability of the UAW and other unions to mount any serious opposition to the anti-worker law reflects the political bankruptcy of these organizations and the erosion of support among workers for them.
By Ed Hightower and Nick Barrickman, 8 December 2012
At a public meeting held by school authorities, parents and teachers spoke out against the consolidation of the district and the shutting down of 20 schools.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 November 2012
The planned closures, consisting of mostly elementary and middle schools, would largely fall on the impoverished southeast section of the city.
By Julien Kiemle, 7 November 2012
The California Public Employees' Retirement System filed a lawsuit against the city of Compton after it stopped paying its contributions to the fund.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 October 2012
In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By Debra Watson, 5 October 2012
Poverty in Michigan increased a staggering 66 percent since 2001, the largest such increase of any state in the country.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2012
Discussions are underway in the US Senate to forge a deal on sweeping cuts to social programs in the aftermath of the November 6 election.
By Shannon Jones, 1 October 2012
Some 950 workers at the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage struck Sunday morning over massive attacks on jobs, pay and benefits.
By Allison Smith and Rafael Azul, 10 September 2012
The administration of Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party controlled legislature are intensifying the practice of raiding special funds, including some that provide vital services to Californians.
By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2012
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation this week requiring public school employees to contribute more toward their pensions and eliminating paid retiree health care benefits for new-hires.
By Don Knowland, 5 September 2012
California’s Democratic governor and legislators, with the collusion of major unions, have gutted the compensation and medical benefits of injured workers.
By Debra Watson, 3 September 2012
Sixty thousand individual welfare recipients have been removed from Michigan welfare rolls since last fall.
By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2012
Eight percent of the lawyers and support staff will be laid off from the federal legal services nonprofit due to congressional budget cuts.
By Tom Hall, 22 August 2012
The University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans are planning deep cuts to compensate for declining state funding.
By Mitch Marcus, 21 August 2012
Last week the Michigan state legislature passed a bill that strips retirement health care from all newly hired teachers and greatly increases the cost of their pensions while setting in motion plans to altogether eliminate them.
By Esther Galen, 13 August 2012
Mayor Dave Bing and the Detroit Water Board have announced support for a plan to cut 1,600 jobs
By David Brown, Don Knowland and Kevin Martinez, 9 August 2012
Following the announcement earlier this month that San Bernardino, a city of 210,000, will file for bankruptcy, more California cities face the prospect of becoming insolvent.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 August 2012
The Pittsburgh school board voted last month to approve the layoff of 280 teachers and support staff as part of the plan to close seven schools this fall.
By Ryan Rahilly, 4 August 2012
The Kentucky legislature commonly takes money from the lottery system, which by state law is supposed to feed need-based financial aid.
By Matthew MacEgan, 3 August 2012
The City of Miami is on the brink of declaring a financial emergency to make cuts to social services and city employee benefits.
By Samuel Davidson, 26 July 2012
While cutting programs and services needed by the vast majority of Pennsylvanians, the budget provides massive tax breaks for corporations, especially Shell Oil.
Bipartisan war on public employees
By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2012
Mayor Bing took action under a “consent agreement” with the state government that gives him authority to dictate wages, benefits and working conditions to city workers.
By Jack Hood, 19 July 2012
The State Budget Crisis Task Force―a body set up by former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch and ex-Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker―has issued a report aimed at preparing public opinion for an unprecedented attack on social services and public employees after the November elections.
By David Brown, 14 July 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a local fire chief about the impact of the attack on city workers, including a 10 percent pay cut on top of previous layoffs, to the department.
By David Brown, 13 July 2012
Three California cities declared bankruptcy within two weeks, marking a new trend in the nationwide attack on pensions.
By Tom Eley, 12 July 2012
The attack on retired public sector workers’ health care and pensions marks a new phase in the social crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 July 2012
Declaring last week that the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania had run out of money, Mayor Chris Doherty announced that all city workers would be subjected to a pay cut down to $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2012
Scholars and researchers are protesting plans to change the character of the historic central branch of the New York Public Library.
By Roseanna Donatello, 30 June 2012
The Los Angeles County Superior Court system, the largest in the country, already sustaining a budget loss of $70 million, has had its budget slashed another $30 million.
By David Brown, 27 June 2012
Democratic Party Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has announced plans to lay off 18 percent of the city’s firefighters.
By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2012
Despite claims that the US has avoided European-style austerity measures, state governments are carrying out devastating cuts in jobs and services.
By Dan Conway, 23 June 2012
The agreement between Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will slash welfare spending and reduce child care coverage and college aid. It is part of a broader austerity campaign that has one the support of the trade unions.
By Christopher Davion, 20 June 2012
Illinois Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass a series of bills enacting major cuts to the state’s Medicaid program.
By Kevin Kearney, 18 June 2012
Stockton, California will potentially declare bankruptcy as early as June 25, tearing up the contracts of public employees. This would mark the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
By Walter Gilberti, 13 June 2012
Students and teachers from the closing school spoke to the WSWS at a farewell event on the grounds.
By Allison Smith, 8 June 2012
With the support of the SEIU, Governor Jerry Brown is attempting to sugar coat massive cuts to social services and increased taxes on the poor, with a token tax on the rich.
By Naomi Spencer, 31 May 2012
Ypsilanti, Michigan, like countless other industrial cities across the Midwest, is preparing to decimate basic services.
By Rafael Azul and Roseanna Donatello, 21 May 2012
California’s unemployment rate has declined from 11 percent in March to 10.9 percent in April because many workers have simply stopped looking for work, according to figures released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2012
Close to two hundred people packed a school board meeting in Redford Township, Michigan to protest plans to privatize school bus, custodial and maintenance services.
By Rafael Azul, 16 May 2012
On Monday, California’s Democratic Party Mayor Jerry Brown called for drastic cuts in health care and government worker pay, two days after the state announced a projected deficit increase of nearly $7 billion for next year.
By Trent Novak, 3 May 2012
As part of a nation-wide attack on public education, officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are utilizing a budget crisis to close 64 schools and drastically restructure the public school system.
By Jack Cody, 1 May 2012
California state controller John Chiang last week reported that the state fell $233.5 million short of revenue expectations for the month of March; $125.8 million of that figure, or 54 percent, comes from a shortfall in corporate income tax revenue.
By Debra Watson, 1 May 2012
Another round of cuts in Detroit’s bus service went into effect Saturday that will in some cases double the scheduled time between buses on over thirty routes in the city.
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2012
Over 200 students at two high schools in Detroit’s southwestern neighborhood walked out of class on Wednesday to protest school closures, poor conditions, and the growth of charter schools.
By John Marion, 27 April 2012
Like Central Falls before them, local Rhode Island governments are seizing on the financial crisis and the threat of bankruptcy as a pretext to tear up municipal workers’ contracts.