US States Budget Crisis

Tens of thousands demonstrate against attacks on government workers in Wisconsin

By Tom Eley, 17 February 2011

On Wednesday a crowd estimated at about 30,000 demonstrated in Madison, Wisconsin against attacks on the wages and conditions of public sector workers launched by Governor Scott Walker.

Ohio workers protest attack on collective bargaining

By Andrea Peters, 17 February 2011

Over 1,000 people packed the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday to protest against a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state workers and reduce the bargaining power of other public employees.

New York budget to slash health, education spending

By Philip Guelpa, 17 February 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, including devastating cuts in health care and education spending, as well as state worker pensions.

Video: Workers, students speak on budget cuts in Madison

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2011

Tens of thousands of workers and students protested on February 17 in Madison, Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for state employees.

Thousands in Wisconsin demonstrate against cuts

By Tom Eley and Andre Damon, 16 February 2011

Over the past two days, thousands of workers in Wisconsin have demonstrated against a bill backed by Governor Scott Walker that would force drastic pay cuts on nearly 175,000 state, local and university employees, and outlaw their right to strike.

Unite workers and youth to defeat Wisconsin budget cuts

the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality, 16 February 2011

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Socialist Equality are distributing this statement to oppose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s social cuts and attacks on workers’ right to strike.

Florida Governor proposes drastic cuts in social programs

By Ed Hightower, 15 February 2011

Florida’s governor unveiled plans for a state budget last week that would cut as much as $5 billion dollars from education, pensions, and other programs that benefit the working class.

Wisconsin governor threatens to call National Guard on state workers

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has announced an onslaught against state workers, eliminating collective bargaining rights and threatening to fire workers who go on strike.

New York City closes 22 more public schools

By Sandy English, 11 February 2011

New York Mayor Bloomberg’s appointees rubber-stamped the planned closing of 22 public schools, despite a storm of protest.

New York City teachers and students voice opposition to school closings

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2011

The WSWS spoke to teachers and students who came to protest the closing of 22 New York City schools.

Chicago mayoral candidates promise intensified attacks on working class

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 10 February 2011

All the major candidates in Chicago’s February 22 mayoral election agree that the working class must foot the bill for the city’s estimated $1 billion deficit.

Iowa prepares massive cuts to social spending

By James Nykvist, 9 February 2011

The state of Iowa is preparing deep cuts to social spending and to the jobs and pay of state workers.

Chicago shut down by blizzard

By Shane Feratu, 7 February 2011

Chicago and much of the Midwestern US was crippled by a severe snow storm last week.

Previously eradicated diseases reemerge in US

By Ryan Rahilly, 4 February 2011

The re-emergence of diseases like pertussis, tuberculosis, measles and mumps in the US is an expression of the dangers posed by failing infrastructure and declining living standards for the working class.

New York State takes control of Nassau County finances

By Peter Daniels, 3 February 2011

A state government oversight board has seized control of the finances of one of New York’s largest counties.