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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Obama Budget ‘Good Starting Point’ to Address Income Inequality

President Barack Obama today unveiled his fiscal year 2015 budget, which he says is “about choices, it’s about our values.” Making a down payment on his State of the Union address message that economic inequality is the greatest challenge of our time, he says:

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'We Need Jobs, Good Jobs,' Trumka Tells Senate

Transportation Investments = Jobs, Economic Growth, Trumka Tells Senate

Investments in the nation’s transportation infrastructure not only create jobs, but spur economic growth, ensure our country’s long-term economic global competitiveness and improve the quality of life of our citizens, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told a Senate panel yesterday.

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What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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What Does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address?

What Does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address?

In tomorrow night’s State of the Union address, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wants to hear President Barack Obama outline a “serious plan” to raise the minimum wage and create good jobs through education and infrastructure investments; a blueprint to end economic inequality; and an end to separating immigrant families from each other through deportation.

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What Is the State of YOUR Union?

What Is the State of YOUR Union?

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

President Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union address to the American people next week. But what is the state of our union? The vast majority of America's working families have experienced a raw deal in recent decades. Wages are falling, the gulf between the rich and everybody else is growing larger, we have a shrinking middle class and too many working families with no access to the American Dream. 

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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Trumka Has Some Ideas for President Obama's State of the Union Speech

Trumka Has Some Ideas for President Obama's State of the Union Speech

On a telephone press conference, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said he was optimistic about 2014 and that the United States was going to create good jobs and a good base for future prosperity. He said he hopes that when Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address in two weeks, the president will borrow a few lines from a speech Trumka is giving today at the U.N. Summit on Climate Change, in particular, from this section of the speech he's giving to business leaders, politicians, global allies and community groups (after the jump).

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Which Is Better: Safe New Bridges and Smooth Highways or the Good Jobs to Make Them?

Which Is Better: Safe New Bridges and Smooth Highways or the Good Jobs to Make Them?

The federal budget deficit has been falling, and so the last excuses not to invest in America’s public infrastructure are vanishing. 

A new report from the Center for Effective Government argues that Congress should pour public dollars into critical infrastructure to reinvigorate the economy and create jobs. 

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Bridges Across the Country in Danger of Collapse

Bridges Across the Country in Danger of Collapse

An article in today's Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. commuters take more than 200 million trips every day across bridges that are structurally deficient.  At least 8,000 bridges across the country are in danger of failing if even a single component breaks. The cost to update these bridges has risen to $20.5 billion a year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. After years of budget cuts, the Great Recession and the job-killing sequestration, funding for transportation projects has declined significantly.

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