Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts Plan to Cut Jobs for Firefighters, Teachers, and Cops

While President Obama has a plan to create 1 million jobs, Mitt Romney is proposing cutbacks of jobs for police officers, firefighters, and teachers—the same plan he enforced in Massachusetts.

Watch Bay State officials who served during Gov. Romney’s tenure explain how Romney’s cutbacks didn’t work for communities then, and how they won’t work now.

New Guide Highlights Best Practices and Innovations in Helping Veterans Thrive in the Private Sector

Last November, more than 30 organizations, including businesses, government agencies, think tanks and veteran advocates, joined forces in New York City for a “best practices” summit on veteran employment. Keynote speakers included Richard D. Parsons, now former chairman of the board of Citigroup, and Mrs. Patricia Shinseki – two of the Joining Forces three-member advisory board.

Just last week, the results of the summit came to fruition with the release the Guide to Leading Practices and Resources Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families. The guide was published by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and reflects a collaborative contribution of major private-sector employers and others who agreed to share their own lessons learned and innovations with regard to effective recruitment, assimilation, retention, and development of veterans in the civilian workforce – all in an effort to advance employment opportunities for the nation’s veterans and military family members.

With American troops out of Iraq and our responsible withdrawal from Afghanistan now well underway, more than 1,000,000 veterans are expected to transition out of the military in the coming years. This guide is timely – and an imporant resource for every company in America looking to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans.

We know that veterans are valuable additions to any company and are good for the bottom line. The White House Business Council has generated a “Guide to Hiring Veterans” and significant efforts are underway to address veteran and military spouse employment. More than 1,600 companies have hired 70,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year through Joining Forces. And in just the last 2 weeks, the President has announced a new measure to help veterans secure meaningful work in the manufacturing sector.

And now, Syracuse University and major companies in America’s private sector like Citigroup, AT&T, Google, Prudential, GE, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, and BAE have come together and produced a first-of-its-kind guide that details a series of practices and policies backed by serious research that can positively impact veteran employment. The guide is full of valuable information and references. Case studies showcase corporate best practices in veteran recruiting, employee assistance, training and development. And the consolidation of existing resources on veteran employment-related issues is top-notch.

As President Obama has stated, “Nobody who fought for our country overseas should have to fight for a job when they come back home.” Our troops and their families have stepped up and served this country in extraordinary ways. Here are a few things that you can do with this report to make a positive difference.

  • If you are a company currently hiring veterans, check out the guide and see if there are a few examples of opportunities to improve your current practices.
  • If you are a business leader that has not yet invested in America’s veterans, check out the guide to get a better appreciation for what veterans can bring to your company.
  • If you are a community leader, send a link to this guide to every business owner that you know – and encourage them to hire a veteran.
  • If you are a fellow blogger – or otherwise have a way to “spread the word” — send this blog or the link to this guide to business leaders in your community.

Day 427 and Counting: Heather Wilson Refuses to Stand Up to GOP Attacks on Medicare

It’s been 427 days since U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson refused to take a position on the Republicans’ budget, her party’s top priority. New Mexicans want to know: why won’t you stand up to your party’s attacks on Medicare, Congresswoman Wilson?

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan introduced his party’s budget proposal on April 11, 2011, which calls for radical policy changes that would weaken the middle-class, end Medicare as we know it, and could also have dire consequences for our National Laboratories in New Mexico. Heather Wilson’s refusal to take a stand–one way or the other–is in sharp contrast to the recent television ad by Karl Rove’s Super PAC Crossroads GPS, that portrays Wilson as an independent voice in her party.

“We need leaders who will fight for jobs and stand up for New Mexico’s seniors, not failed political opportunists like Heather Wilson who avoid the hard questions,” said Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich. “Heather Wilson has spent the past decade taking her cues from Karl Rove, instead of advocating for middle class families in New Mexico.”

The House Republican budget proposal guts Medicare, while protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas. If passed, New Mexico seniors would pay $5,900 more each year for health care and 292,009 New Mexico seniors would be placed on a voucher program when they retire, ending Medicare as we know it.

When Senate candidate Heather Wilson refused to take a position on the Republican budget last year, she not only made it clear that she wouldn’t be fighter for Medicare, she also made it clear that she would stand silent while House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan tried to cut Los Alamos National Laboratory’s budget by 17 percent. Albuquerque Journal reporter Michael Coleman wrote, “Wilson has steadfastly refused to take a stand on the Ryan budget.”

“After 427 days, Wilson owes it to New Mexico voters to take a position on her party’s budget,” said Potter.