US States Budget Crisis
By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2013
A proposed injunction to halt the closure of one in ten public schools in the District of Columbia has been denied in federal court.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 18 May 2013
Over 400 people attended a public hearing on May 14 to oppose a proposed 17 percent cut to Seattle’s Metro Transit.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 May 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will submit a report Monday that will be the pretext for an accelerated offensive against the working class in Detroit.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2013
Ypsilanti teachers expressed shock and anger over the mass layoff and worsening social conditions.
By Adam Sagitov, 10 May 2013
Reclassifying the majority of D.C. public schools as “small schools” will reduce their funding by $8 million.
By Aleksandr Kascak, 10 May 2013
Minnesota faces approximately $85 million in cuts from the sequestration order signed by President Obama, affecting education, public health, childcare, and environmental protection.
By Zac Corrigan, 9 May 2013
Many questions remain unanswered following the closure of schools in the small community outside of Saginaw.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 May 2013
One quarter of Walled Lake Consolidated School District bus drivers called in sick Wednesday to protest the sell-off of their jobs.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 May 2013
The expansion of the “Moving to Work” program will allow states to enact stringent restrictions on eligibility for housing benefits.
Timeline of Detroit debt crisis
By Jerry White, 26 April 2013
Detroit is one of many US cities that have taken on crushing levels of debt in response to the Crash of 2008 and to offset cuts in federal aid and state revenue.
By E.P. Bannon, 22 April 2013
In addition to unprecedented cuts in Social Security and Medicare, the White House budget targets the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the electrification project created under the New Deal, for sale to private energy firms.
Throw out the emergency manager! End the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!
By Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 April 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit. The following is his statement announcing the campaign.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 April 2013
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr is set to select his old law firm, Jones Day, to oversee the restructuring of Detroit’s debt on behalf of the bondholders and banks.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 April 2013
The final decision on all spending will be made by the city’s emergency manager.
By Matthew MacEgan, 15 April 2013
The North Carolina House has approved a bill requiring background checks for those seeking welfare assistance or food stamps.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 April 2013
The budget released by the Obama administration on Wednesday marks a significant escalation of the assault on Social Security and Medicare, the most important federal retirement and health care programs in the United States.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 April 2013
The Arkansas Senate approved a measure that would require random drug testing of as many as 85,000 residents who receive state unemployment benefits.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 April 2013
A rally called by the American Association of Cancer Research is an initial expression of the mass opposition to the sequester cuts.
By Lawrence Porter, 10 April 2013
Detroit’s newly installed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is preparing to target the pensions and health care benefits of retired city workers.
A Call to Action
By the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013
For an indefinite period of time, Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, can enact laws, replace all elected officials, deploy the police, rip up contracts and assume all the powers of government.
By Steve Filips, 6 April 2013
State aid to public schools has not increased at a rate that will prevent many districts from laying off staff.
By Lawrence Porter, 6 April 2013
Dan Gilbert, the multi-billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, has unveiled a plan to gentrify downtown Detroit with the aid of the newly installed emergency manager.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 April 2013
SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore spoke to an audience of students, retirees and workers at a public meeting called to oppose the appointment of a financial manager in Detroit.
By Nick Barrickman, 5 April 2013
The mayor’s budget plan represents handouts to various private interests with window dressings for public services.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 April 2013
Jones Day, the law firm where Kevyn Orr worked before becoming Detroit’s emergency financial manager, has been retained by the city of Detroit as its “re-structuring counsel.”
By Andre Damon, 1 April 2013
Following the imposition of $1.2 trillion in sequester spending cuts, Obama and the Republicans are turning their attention to slashing and ultimately dismantling Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly in the United States.
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2013
WSWS reporters spoke to Detroiters over the weekend about the appointment of Kevyn Orr as emergency manager of the city.
By Niles Williamson, 1 April 2013
Community colleges are experiencing declining enrollment due to historic cuts to state funding, while demand for a community college education is at record highs.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 April 2013
For the fifth year in a row, thousands of layoff notices were sent out to teachers in mid-March across California.
By Zac Corrigan, 1 April 2013
State governments in the US have cut funding to public higher education by 28 percent since the beginning of the recession.
By Jerry White, 29 March 2013
Powerful financial interests are using Detroit as a test case for imposing deeply unpopular measures in line with what is occurring in Cyprus, Greece and other European countries.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 March 2013
This statement is being distributed at a demonstration of Chicago teachers today.
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 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.