American Jobs Act http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's aging water systems http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-aging-water-systems <p>A coalition of union and environmental groups says it&rsquo;s time for the federal&nbsp;government to invest more money in the nation&rsquo;s aging water and sewer lines.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The group points to the city of Lansing as an example. The<a href="http://www.liuna.org/"> Laborers&rsquo;&nbsp;International Union of North America </a>says it would cost more than&nbsp;$280 million&nbsp;to fully repair and replace the capitol city&rsquo;s aging water lines. It&nbsp;&nbsp;estimates the cost statewide would be in the tens of billions of dollars.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:36:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 5377 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's aging water systems Vice President Biden says students would gain from “Jobs Act" http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-says-students-would-gain-%E2%80%9Cjobs-act <p>Vice President Joe Biden says he&rsquo;ll work to get President Obama&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.americanjobsact.com/">American Jobs Act </a>through Congress piece by piece if lawmakers won&rsquo;t take up the entire stimulus bill.</p><p>Biden says the bill would invest $25 billion to fix 35,000 schools across the country, including buildings like the one visited in Grand Rapids Wednesday.</p><p>Junior and seniors at Grand Rapids&rsquo; Central High School showed Biden around their science classroom, listened, and asked questions. He also saw a classroom they can&rsquo;t use because of health concerns over chipping and peeling paint.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re in a laboratory where they can&rsquo;t turn on a burner because there&rsquo;s no ventilation system,&rdquo; Biden said. &ldquo;They have microscopes that use mirrors &ndash; I mean it&rsquo;s just totally out of date.&rdquo; The science classroom is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools district&rsquo;s School of Health Science and Technology; a &ldquo;hub&rdquo; school students can opt into. &ldquo;Come on man,&rdquo; Biden told reporters after the visits, &ldquo;these are talented kids - they chose to come here to learn more.&rdquo;</p><p>Biden says some GOP leaders would rather &ldquo;do nothing&rdquo; than pass parts of the bill he says they agree with. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:19:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4569 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Biden says students would gain from “Jobs Act" In Flint, Vice President Biden blasts Congressional Republicans for stalling jobs bill http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-vice-president-biden-blasts-congressional-republicans-stalling-jobs-bill <p>&nbsp;Vice President Joe Biden used a speech in Flint to chastise Congressional Republicans for stalling the President&rsquo;s jobs bill.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote on the $447 billion&nbsp;bill last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill&rsquo;s tax hike on millionaires was a major reason cited.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The bill contains money for hiring firefighters and police officers.&nbsp;Biden talked about how budget cuts in recent years have slashed the number of police officers and firefighters on Flint streets.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:18:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 4561 at http://michiganradio.org In Flint, Vice President Biden blasts Congressional Republicans for stalling jobs bill Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-no-fan-president-obamas-jobs-bill <p>Vice President <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/joe-biden">Joe Biden</a> will be in Michigan today&nbsp;to tout <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_jobs_act">the President&rsquo;s Jobs Bill.</a> But Michigan Congressman <a href="http://walberg.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=66&amp;parentid=2&amp;sectiontree=2,66&amp;itemid=231&amp;gclid=CNrZurni4asCFcQKKgodkmArOA">Tim Walberg </a>says the $447 billion&nbsp;bill will hurt, not help the nation&rsquo;s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg is a Republican. He says the bill would increase spending and raise taxes. And he says that&rsquo;s not what the economy needs to create jobs. Walberg says the nation may be better off&nbsp; if Congress doesn&rsquo;t pass a jobs bill this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;At the very least, if we hold some things back that would be hurtful to our economy, that&rsquo;s getting something done.&nbsp; Maybe that&rsquo;s the process right now&hellip;if there isn&rsquo;t a willingness to negotiate,&quot; </em>says Walberg.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg says he hopes a compromise can be reached which will reduce payroll taxes and spur job growth. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4550 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill Stabenow hopes US Senate will move the President's Jobs Bill forward http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-hopes-us-senate-will-move-presidents-jobs-bill-forward <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow&nbsp;says she doesn&rsquo;t know if the president&rsquo;s jobs bill will clear its first legislative hurdle later today.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That&rsquo;s when the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote on the $447 billion&nbsp;&lsquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_jobs_act">American Jobs Act&rsquo;.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Stabenow, a Democrat, says she&rsquo;d like to see the legislation move forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4522 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow hopes US Senate will move the President's Jobs Bill forward White House report: Obama's jobs bill would support 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-report-obamas-jobs-bill-would-support-11900-teaching-jobs-michigan <p>A new White House report claims President Obama&rsquo;s $447 billion <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/jobsact#overview">American Jobs Act</a> will save or create 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/teacher_jobs_at_risk_report.pdf">&quot;Teachers Jobs At Risk&quot; report</a>, about 300,000 education jobs across the country have been cut since 2008, and another 280,000 teaching jobs are in jeopardy.</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:50:36 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4438 at http://michiganradio.org White House report: Obama's jobs bill would support 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan Grand Rapids Mayor asking Congress to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-mayor-asking-congress-pass-president-obama%E2%80%99s-american-jobs-act <p>Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says the $450 billion jobs bill is &ldquo;crucial&rdquo; for Michigan. His comments are part of a campaign to get Congress to act on the American Jobs Act.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We know we have to be strong and stand on our own but we also know that we&rsquo;re not able to keep up with infrastructure needs in our community,&rdquo; Heartwell said during a White House press conference Friday.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:18:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4387 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Mayor asking Congress to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act