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Thursday
May142015

ALG - Senate Democrats cave on protecting American workers 

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May 13, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Senate Democrats for abandoning their opposition to granting trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama and ceding their demands for enforceable currency provisions in fast track bill itself:  

 

"Senate Democrats are abandoning American workers concerned that their jobs may be shifted overseas due to unfair trade related to currency manipulation nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Doing a trade bill without monetary policy—the primary mechanism nations use to make their exports cheaper—ensures that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is neither free nor fair. The house of cards gamesmanship that was played yesterday to fool constituencies about the Democrat stance on fast track is exposed by this latest capitulation on currency manipulation.

 

"No one can vote for fast track and claim with a straight face they opposed currency manipulation. It is time for Senate Majority Leader McConnell to end the charade of fast track and return to the politically viable business of the Senate."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-democrats-cave-on-protecting-american-workers/

 

Attachments:

 

"Fast-Track Bill Needs Enforceable Currency Provision," By Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2015 at http://www.wsj.com/articles/fast-track-bill-needs-enforceable-currency-provision-1431470983

 

"Path to Pacific Trade Deal May Open in Senate After All," By Jonathan Weisman, May 13, 2015 at www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/path-to-pacific-trade-deal-may-open-in-senate-after-all.html?smid=nytpolitics&_r=0

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

 

Tuesday
May122015

DNC - Boston Globe: For new college grads, job market is best in a decade 

For new college grads, job market is best in a decade

BOSTON GLOBE // MEGAN WOOLHOUSE

 

The class of 2015 will enter what economists say is the best job market for new college graduates in nearly a decade, as the improving US economy and accelerating retirements of baby boomers create job openings across many fields.

                                     

College and university career offices say their graduates are having a far easier time landing positions, and far more employers are coming to campuses to recruit. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, for example, 104 companies were on campus at a fall job fair to recruit engineering and technology majors, up from 89 last year and 65 in 2010.

 

Perhaps more significantly, the demand for workers of all kinds was so great that the university held its biggest spring job fair in four years, attracting more than 130 employers in fields ranging from communications to consulting to sales.

 

“Years ago, people thought, ‘What are you going to do with a history major?’ ” said Todd Butynski, an assistant director in UMass Amherst’s Career Services office. “Now, with a little networking and initiative, even that liberal arts major is going to find something.”

 

Ethan Forauer, a senior at Clark University in Worcester, faced the classic conundrum of soon-to-be college graduates with little job experience: For most positions — even at entry level — candidates with experience were being sought.

 

But Forauer forged ahead, feeling more than a little anxiety as he networked and sent out scores of resumes in early April. A month later, the 22-year-old environmental science major accepted a $45,000-a-year job at a North Andover consulting firm. “It was very exciting, and just a huge, huge relief,” said Forauer, who begins working June 1. “I’m starting my life in the real world.”

 

Both the state and national unemployment rates, 4.8 and 5.4 percent, respectively, have fallen to their lowest levels since the early days of the last recession, according to the US Labor Department.

 

Joblessness among to 20- to 24-year-olds with college degrees has declined to about 7 percent, from just over 9 percent in 2010. That’s the lowest since 2008, the first full year of the recession, when unemployment among twentysomething college graduates averaged 6 percent.

 

Meanwhile, the competition for jobs has diminished. Today, about 1.5 unemployed workers compete for each job opening, compared with seven in June 2009, said Paul Harrington, director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The reason: The US economy has created some 2.5 million jobs in the past year alone.

 

“Almost all the net increase in jobs is in these jobs that require a college degree,” Harrington said. “Kids coming out of college are going to have a pretty good year.”

 

Demand is strong for business, finance, and health-care-related majors, Harrington said, but as usual, the most sought-after graduates hold degrees in so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Of the 2.5 million jobs added in the past year, one in four were in engineering, computer science, and science-related professions, the Labor Department says.

 

In Massachusetts, where companies offer finder’s fees and signing bonuses of $10,000 or more to land technical talent, many employers have begun recruiting STEM majors in their earliest years in college. Rebecca Baturin, for example, worked the past three summers in a paid internship at NASA in Cape Canaveral, Fla., as she earned a degree in electrical engineering at UMass Amherst.

 

She recently took a $47,000-a-year job at the space agency.

 

“In my major, most people have jobs,” said Baturin, 23, of Norwood, noting friends who accepted jobs at defense contractor Raytheon Corp. and tech giant Google Inc. “As long as you’re willing to move or try something new, it’s pretty easy to find a job with an engineering degree.”

 

Of the 25 best paid majors, all but two, economics and business, were in STEM fields, according to a recent report by Georgetown University .

 

Nationally, for those with bachelor’s degrees, petroleum engineering majors commanded a median annual salary of $136,000. Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences majors earned a median $113,000, and mathematics grads had median earnings of $73,000.

 

Social work was among the lowest-paying bachelor’s degrees, with median earnings of $42,000 a year, followed by early childhood education, at $39,000, according to the Georgetown study.

 

In general, wages for new college graduates, as for US workers, have stagnated since the recession. On average, entry-level wages for graduates are expected to be no better than 15 years ago, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank in Washington.

 

But if the economy continues to expand, unemployment falls more, and labor markets tighten further, economists expect wages and salaries to rise. In Greater Boston, with one of the nation’s strongest recoveries because of its technology, health care, and higher education sectors, employee compensation recently jumped at the fastest rate since 2007. Pay and benefits rose 3.6 percent in March from a year earlier, versus 2.8 percent nationally, the Labor Department reported.

 

Such news is giving hope even to liberal arts majors.

 

John Choi of Medford said he’s been looking for work since he stopped volunteering in November for Charlie Baker’s campaign for governor. Choi received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in June after majoring in international relations at Boston College. After a frustrating winter sending as many as five resumes a day without responses, he recently fielded five interview offers in one week.

 

“I’m hopeful,” said Choi, 28. “People are still contacting me — there’s not just silence.”

Friday
May012015

House Finance Committee Gives Boost to Future Development in the North Country

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Senate  Bill 30 Now Moves to the Full House for Approval

 

 

 

Concord—The future of tourism, job creation and development in the state’s North Country and other rural areas received a boost today when the Republican led House Finance committee unanimously approved a bill (SB 30) authorizing the Business Finance Authority to guarantee bonds for projects in unincorporated towns in New Hampshire.

 

While the legislation still must receive approval from the full House and the governor, Speaker Jasper called it a good step toward revitalizing the northern part of the state, “For those of us who campaigned on a platform of supporting policies that would create jobs and help our economy, this is an opportunity to fulfill that promise.  This legislation lays the foundation for new economic development in Coos county, where unemployment rates are highest in the State, and paves the way for similar growth opportunities in other rural areas,” said Speaker Jasper.

 

The bill extends the local option for municipal economic development and revitalization districts to include unincorporated places in addition to cities and towns.  Twenty-three of the twenty-five unincorporated places in the state are located in Coos county, with the other two located in Carroll and Grafton counties.

 

“There is no silver bullet when it comes to staving off economic hardship, but SB 30 gives the area a rock solid chance of reinventing itself with the state’s assistance, and bringing prosperity back to an economically challenged area of our state. I look forward to the day when the governor can sign this bill and economic development in our rural areas can move forward.,” added the speaker.

 

If the bill is passed and signed by the governor, it would allow projects in the unincorporated towns of the state to apply for bond guarantees through the normal state  Business Finance Authority (BFA) process, which would also require a full review and approval by the Governor.

 

The bill will come before the full House for a vote on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

 

Friday
Apr242015

SEIA - Solar Industry Makes Commitment to Employ 50,000 Veterans by 2020 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to rally support for U.S. service members, veterans and their families, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today committed to having 50,000 veterans working in solar by 2020. The First Lady shared the news at an event this afternoon in Manassas, Virginia, which was part of a commitment made by several high-growth sectors of the U.S. economy, including solar. Among those attending the event were SEIA Board Chairman Nat Kreamer, who also serves as president and CEO of Clean Power Finance.

“As an industry, we are completely committed to hiring more veterans,” said Kreamer, who is a veteran himself, having served in the Special Forces in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. “Today, America’s solar energy companies already employ twice as many veterans as the average U.S. business. We hire veterans because they come trained, ready and passionate. The solar industry is filled with people who are motivated to build our economy, improve our environment and strengthen our national security.”

As examples of veterans working to build a stronger solar industry in America, Kreamer pointed to Colonel Thom Besch (Ret.) and Captain Michael Baskin (Ret.). Former Army Captain Baskin is working with military bases across the nation to certify service members under guidelines established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This rigorous program is considered the “gold standard” for PV and solar heating installation certification.

Earlier this year, the first classes of NABCEP-certified veterans graduated and started jobs in solar. Colonel Besch is one of those putting veterans to work in solar. He retired from the U.S. Army, after serving for 30 years, and took a job leading solar installations for a New England solar integrator. After a few years, he started his own company – Veteran Solar Systems (“Still Serving: Country, Community, and You”) – where he sells and installs distributed solar systems in upstate New York.

“We salute the efforts of Colonel Besch, Captain Baskin and many others like them,” Kreamer continued. “Solar, like the military, is not just about the paycheck; it is also about working for something larger than oneself.”

Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, with more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity – enough to power more than 4 million homes – and those numbers are expected to double by the end of 2016.

“We’re very excited about bringing more and more veterans into our ranks, and applaud the efforts of First Lady Obama, Dr. Biden and Joining Forces,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “Today, solar employs 174,000 Americans nationwide – including veterans from all branches of the U.S. military – making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in America.  This remarkable growth is due, in large part, to smart and effective public policies, such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).  By any measurement, these policies are paying dividends for our economy – and our military veterans.”

 


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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
Thursday
Apr092015

US Rep Guinta to host Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair 

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REMINDER: Guinta to host Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta is hosting his first Jobs Fair for Granite State veterans and service members looking for employment. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops on resume writing and interviewing techniques, speak with representatives from various companies, apply for new positions and discuss concerns with Congressman Guinta and staff. 

 

“In New Hampshire, we have one of the highest veterans’ populations in the nation. We know all too well the challenges our servicemen and women face during their transition into civilian life.  Unfortunately, one of the hardest challenges remains finding a good-paying job upon returning home.  Our veterans are some of the brightest and most dedicated employees out there; and, we owe it to them to help smooth their transition, which is why I’m hosting this Job Fair for our veterans and military service members to attend.”

 

Over 40 local businesses and 5 veterans organizations will be participating in the Job Fair, including Service Credit Union, UPS, Walmart, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, UNH Police Department, Kelly Services, Great Bay Community College, Home Depot, Seacoast Helicopters, U.S. Small Business Administration, Comcast, Foss Manufacturing Company, Sig Sauer, Adecco, New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hero2Hire, American Legion and more.

 

The Veterans Job Fair is open to all New Hampshire active military, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans and their families.  There is no cost to participate in the fair and parking is free.

 

VETERANS & MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS JOBS FAIR

 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair.

WHO:  New Hampshire active duty, National Guardsmen and women, reservists, veterans and their families are invited to attend.  Members of the press are also invited to attend.

WHERE: Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.

WHEN:  Friday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.