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Obama threatens Kali on behalf on unions

GOOD JOB !!!
Looks like the battle is being fought in the open.
Screw the unions.

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U.S. threatens to rescind stimulus money over wage cuts

By Evan Halper
May 8, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento -- The Obama administration is threatening to rescind billions of dollars in federal stimulus money if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers approved in February as part of the budget.

Schwarzenegger's office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.

The news comes as state lawmakers are already facing a severe cash crisis, with the state at risk of running out of money in July.

The wages at issue involve workers who care for some 440,000 low-income disabled and elderly Californians. The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers, will see the state's contribution to their wages cut from a maximum of $12.10 per hour to a maximum of $10.10.

The SEIU said in a statement that it had asked the Obama administration for the ruling.



U.S. threatens to rescind stimulus money over wage cuts - Los Angeles Times

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How much has the Government threatened to rescind from Louisiana?

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This is getting to be a bit suspicious. Just how much does 0 owe the Unions for his election? Must be somewhere between a bunch and a shitload.
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The administration will continue pushing the limits.

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Officials in the governor's office say a politically powerful union may have had inappropriate influence over the Obama administration's decision to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers.

The officials say they are particularly troubled that the Service Employees International Union, which lobbied the federal government to step in, was included in a conference call in which state and federal officials reviewed the wage cut and the terms of the stimulus package.

California Secretary of Health and Human Services Kim Belshe said
she could not recall another instance in which the federal government invited a significant stakeholder group into such government-to-government negotiations.

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In addition to several state and federal officials, participants in the April 15 conference call included an SEIU associate general counsel in Washington, a lobbyist for SEIU in California and a representative from SEIU's policy staff in California, according to a list provided by the Schwarzenegger administration.

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The California officials on the call, who requested anonymity for fear of antagonizing the Obama administration, said they needed the savings to help balance the state budget.

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SEIU was among the biggest donors to President Obama's campaign, contributing $33 million. The union is also consistently among the biggest donors to Democrats in Sacramento and had aggressively fought the wage cut during state budget negotiations.

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Found one !

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In her new role Barnes will coordinate the administration’s domestic policy—heavily focused on the economic stimulus plan—and work to keep a myriad of federal agencies on the same page when it comes to new initiatives. The council also monitors policy implementation.

Barnes, who friends call a strategic wonk, said she never planned to work in the White House.

Obama’s is the only presidential campaign she has worked on - unless you count the time she sold cupcakes for Democratic candidate George McGovern when she was 8.
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But Melody Barnes counts a high school trip to Washington with a program called Presidential Classroom as a moment that sparked her career path.

“I was just excited about it. I guess there’s something in your DNA,“ she said.

In law school at the University of Michigan, she worked with academic leaders to increase diversity on the campus. After graduating in 1989, she went to work in the New York law firm Shearman and Sterling. But the pull to public policy became too strong.

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By 1992, she learned of a rare opening at the House Judiciary Committee - and went for it.
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When Obama tapped Barnes as his Domestic Policy Council director Nov. 24, Kennedy called her “a rare talent with [an] impressive intellect” that “will serve President Obama well.“

Former coworkers say she will bring confidence to the White House, where domestic policy input will come from cabinet secretaries and key interest groups who helped Obama win the fall campaign.

“You’ve got to be tough, firm and collaborative and work in a collegial way, and she’ll be perfect at doing that,“ said Winnie Stachelberg, a senior vice president at the Center for American Progress. She pointed to Barnes’ work managing senior fellows at the center—including Secretary-designate for Health and Human Services Tom Daschle—and partnering with groups like the Service Employees International Union, as Barnes did to host a presidential candidate health care forum in 2007.

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Well, this wage reduction from $12 to $10 is done in true Robin Hood spirit - take from the poor and give to the rich.

And those $74mln will go a long way balancing CA $40bln deficit.
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Well, this wage reduction from $12 to $10 is done in true Robin Hood spirit - take from the poor and give to the rich.

And those $74mln will go a long way balancing CA $40bln deficit.
Yes, let's reduce these lawmaker salaries to 0.

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Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) announced today that she’s cutting Assembly members’ operating budgets by 10%, a move that comes weeks after she landed in hot water for trying to raise the salaries of legislative aides.
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Under her plan, the base allowance used for staff will decrease for each Assembly lawmaker from $292,000 to $263,000, for a total $2.3 million in annual savings for the whole Assembly.

The announcement comes a week before the May 19 special election on budget-related ballot measures. Bass is among the biggest boosters of the propositions, which would raise about $6 billion toward balancing the 2009-10 budget.

Last month, Bass drew public criticism after The Times and other media reported that she was planning to boost salaries for 120 Assembly employees. Bass rescinded the pay hikes a day later.


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Yes, let's reduce these lawmaker salaries to 0.
That would bring more money to the budget for sure.

Would it have any negative impact? I don't think so.
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