No, they’re not taking our jobs

A new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says that immigrants are not taking our jobs. The report also addresses whether immigrants burden government budgets, but that’s another story. (By the way? That links takes you to a page where you can download it for free, as I did. I thought I …

Decriminalizing poverty in California

In the wake of a shooting death of a man who was homeless in Los Angeles, the California State Senate is discussing a Right To Rest bill, which would allow people who are homeless a little dignity while that state pushes to end homelessness. When a person is arrested for loitering or some other such …

The rich are getting richer in CT, and the poor? Well, guess what?

The wage gap is growing in the Land of Steady Habits, according to “The State of Working Connecticut 2012,” a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children. In fact, the report found the: highest wage workers enjoying wage growth four times that of median wage workers, while wages stagnated for low wage workers.  Given these …

Cleaning up temp jobs

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law that says the state’s temporary employment agencies will no longer be able to send any temp workers to jobs without informing them of the name of their employer, the wages they will be paid or any basic safety training they need. The bill was signed without fanfare …