FROM Jim Earp
California Pulls the Plug on Construction Barack Obama says public spending will stimulate the economy and help end the recession, but the biggest state in the union is moving in the other direction. California's Pooled Money Investment Board is little known but vitally important to the day-to-day services the state provides. Today, the Board cut off the money for 1,985 construction projects, including highways, levees, prisons and pollution clean-up. Billions of dollars for business are at stake along with tens of thousands of jobs. The Board members are the Governor's Finance Director and two elected officials, Controller John Chiang and Treasurer Bill Lockyer . Lockyer is chair. We hear why 2000 California construction projects are being shut down.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.