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NORTHWEST NEWS

Black United Fund Launches Emerging Entrepreneur Program

Pilot program will support promising small business owner ready to take the next step.

After a Rocky Start Oregon Drug Decriminalization Eyes Progress

When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug Addiction Treatment andRecovery Act in 2020, the emphasis was on treatment as much as on decriminalizing possession of personal-use amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs. But progress has been slow and Oregon still has among the highest addiction rates in the country yet over half of addiction treatment programs in the state don't have enough staffing and funding to help those who want help

Morgan State University Students Win Zillow’s HBCU Hackathon With App That Measures Financial Credibility Outside of Credit Scoring

Second-annual competition challenged participants to develop new technologies to help consumers during their journey to find a home.

Portland, Oregon, to Use Microphones to Track Gunshots

The decision to advance a pilot program with ShotSpotter was made after Wheeler met with Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

NEWS BRIEFS

Expiring Protections: 10-Day Notices of Nonpayment of Rent And "Safe Harbor" Protections

Effective October 1, a Landlord will be able to resume use of a 72-hour notice or 144-hour notice when issuing a termination notice...

11 Area Post Offices to Host Hiring Events

Over 100 Northwest USPS Hosting Job Fairs ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Champions Oregon Business and Sets Sights on Strengthening Key Industries

Rep. Bynum invited leaders and experts to discuss ways the state can champion businesses of all sizes, expand broadband, bolster the...

PPS Renames Headquarters

The central office will be named after Matthew Prophet, Portland Public School's first Black Superintendent from 1982-1992,...

Affordable Housing Plan to Go Before Seattle Voters

If I-135 passes it would create a public development authority ...

Prototype electric airplane takes first flight

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A prototype, all-electric airplane took its first flight Tuesday morning in central Washington state. The Seattle Times reports that if the Federal Aviation Administration eventually certifies the small airplane to carry passengers, it could become the first...

State trooper who was shot expected to recover, father says

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state trooper who was shot and wounded in Walla Walla Thursday is expected to make a full recovery, according to the man's father. Trooper Dean Atkinson Jr.’s father, Dean Atkinson Sr., said Monday that there’s nothing that would prevent...

Auburn loses 2nd center, Tate Johnson, to injury

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow. Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the...

LSU survives Daniels' injury scare in romp over New Mexico

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU defense held New Mexico to 88 total yards and the Tigers survived an injury scare to starting quarterback Jayden Daniels in a 38-0 victory Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a habit,” LSU...

OPINION

No Room for Black Folk

A recent interview with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and an associate professor, reveals the inability of certain white Americans to share the benefits of our society ...

The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage

There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening. ...

The Military to American Youth: You Belong to Me

The U.S. military needs more than just money in its annual budget. It needs access to America’s young people as well — their wallets, their bodies, and their minds. ...

Financial Fairness at Risk With Proposed TD Bank-First Horizon Merger

As banks grow larger through mergers and focus on growing online and mobile services, serious concerns emerge on how fair and how accessible banking will be to traditionally underserved Black and Latino communities. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Expert questions whether school shooter's mom drank heavily

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began their rebuttal of the defense case Tuesday by questioning whether his birth mother drank as heavily during pregnancy as some witnesses portrayed. They also showed his sometimes...

NAACP says Jackson's water problems are civil rights issue

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a federal complaint Tuesday, the NAACP said Mississippi officials “all but assured” a drinking water calamity in Jackson by depriving the state’s majority-Black capital city of badly needed funds to upgrade its infrastructure. The organization asked the...

Federal court finds 3rd Iowa ag-gag law unconstitutional

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has struck down the third attempt by the Iowa Legislature to stop animal welfare groups from secretly filming livestock abuse, finding once again that the law passed last year violates free speech rights in the U.S. Constitution. The decision...

ENTERTAINMENT

A doc from the Disney family takes aim at the Mouse House

NEW YORK (AP) — Abigail E. Disney has been critical of the company that bears her name before. But for the first time, Disney, the granddaughter of co-founder Roy O. Disney, has put her views into the medium the Mouse House was built on: a movie. In the new documentary “The...

Procedural dramas jump to front in TV's opening week

NEW YORK (AP) — Besides live sports, the one thing broadcast networks can be counted on for these days is franchise procedural dramas. That was evident on opening week of a new television season, when the 10 most-watched scripted programs all fit this tried-and-true formula,...

TV hit ‘Peaky Blinders’ expands story through dance show

LONDON (AP) — Steven Knight looks astounded, almost lost for words. He’s just watched contemporary dance company Rambert run through scenes from the first act of their “Peaky Blinders” production, based on the hit TV show that he wrote and created. Watching the immediate...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Paris Fashion Week showcasing 107 houses over 9 days

PARIS (AP) — Paris is the center of the global luxury industry this week with Tuesday marking the first major...

Records: Texas attorney general fled home to avoid subpoena

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ran out of his house and jumped into a truck driven by his wife,...

US stocks end mixed a day after Dow entered a bear market

A wobbly day of trading on Wall Street ended with a mixed finish for U.S. stock indexes Tuesday as markets stagger...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

KYIV, Ukraine — Pro-Moscow officials say residents in one of the four occupied areas of Ukraine voted to join...

Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood

TOKYO (AP) — The leadup to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial state funeral could seem...

Japanese former leader Abe honored at divisive state funeral

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's assassinated hawkish former leader, Shinzo Abe, was given a rare state funeral Tuesday full...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Unemployment Figures released today by the Bureau of Labor show job losses are falling. But economists agree that unemployment is not going away any time soon. Democrats want government to tackle the problem with job creation programs to repair the country's transportation system, bridges and infrastructure. But Republicans say the businesses and corporations will kickstart a recovery – if only legislators would reduce taxes and regulations. Oregon Rep. Peter De Fazio is co-sponsoring a bill in the US House -- "Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street" -- that would tax Wall Street transactions. The bill aims to raise $150 billion from taxing stock and securities sales and transfers at a rate of one quarter of 1 percent. Half the money raised would go to job creation and the other half to reducing the federal deficit.

"We cannot wait for the next bubble to pull us out of the recession," De Fazio said in a statement. "We must invest in our future, our infrastructure, and our middle class now.  This legislation will ensure Wall Street pay for needed investment to get our country back on track."

Targeted at financial speculators, the legislation will not affect the average investor or on pension funds, De Fazio said. It specifically excludes transactions involving health, education, retirement savings, mutual funds accounts, and the first $100,000 transactions not already exempted. The job creation funds would go to national transportation and infrastructure projects. De Fazio is one of 22 Democrats co-sponsoring the bill, HR 4191.

New York Times columnist and Nobel prize winning economist, Paul Krugman this week called for an emergency jobs program – similar to the New Deal that put thousands of unemployed people to work on national projects in the 1930s – along with other major measures to solve the unemployment crisis that has pushed the national unemployment rate above 10 percent.

"Historically, financial crises have typically been followed not just by severe recessions but by anemic recoveries; it's usually years before unemployment declines to anything like normal levels," Krugman says in his column. "The Federal Reserve, for example, expects unemployment, currently 10.2 percent, to stay above 8 percent — a number that would have been considered disastrous not long ago — until sometime in 2012."

Unemployment figures announced Dec. 4. showing that job losses are declining, don't change Krugman's opinion. "Today's unemployment report was good news," he writes in his blog. "But in a real sense good news is bad news, because this month's not-too-bad number deflates the sense of urgency. The fact remains that realistic projections show unemployment staying disastrously high for many years."

Appearing on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show Dec. 3, De Fazio agreed with Krugman's conclusions.  "We have a plan to begin to catch up with our infrastructure deficit in this country," he told Maddow. We could productively invest within 120 days $79 billion creating over $2 million construction jobs, associated jobs in engineering and other fields and about 400,000 manufacturing jobs… That's just a start, but it would put a foundation under a long-term productive recovery for this country."

Republicans however, oppose De Fazio's plan. Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in a column for USA Today, offered his own 10-point plan for recovery. His ideas include: cutting payroll and other taxes on businesses, sending all the remaining stimulus money to the private sector, extending the Bush tax cuts, cutting government spending on everything except military needs, and reforming entitlement programs to limit spending on social security, Medicare and disability safety net programs. In addition he writes, government should:

"Install dynamic regulations for the financial sector — rules that are up to date, efficient and not excessively burdensome. But do not so tie up the financial sector with red tape that we lose a vital component of our economic system."

At a press conference Dec. 4, House Minority Leader John Boehner R-Ohio said the stimulus legislation has failed and any new taxes will be counterproductive.

"When you look at the tax increases they're talking about on all fronts, this is money that could be invested in our businesses, but won't be because they'll have to pay it to Washington," he said in a news conference Friday. "More than three million Americans have lost their jobs since the President signed the trillion-dollar 'stimulus' that was supposed to keep unemployment below 8 percent and put people back to work 'immediately.'  …the costly policies Washington Democrats are pursuing – whether it's a government takeover of health care, a national energy tax, or 'card check' – are already costing jobs and will pile even more debt on our kids and grandkids."

 

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