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California update: Effort to cancel high-speed rail bonds fails

Monday, April 19, 2010

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) --Assemblymember Diane Harkey had a good narrative going.  Before going into government, she was a banker.  She majored in economics in college.  She has been raising the red flag over California's bad bond rating and endless borrowing in Sacramento earlier and more loudly than many of her colleagues.

So, as she searched for ways to help right the ship of spending, she settled on the $9.95 billion in voter-approved bonds for high-speed rail.  Huge amounts of the money has yet to be spent.  A rarely-used article of the California Constitution allowed her to propose a reduction in the amount of borrowing for the project.  And so she did -- AB 2121 could have taken more than $9 billion out of the project's bank.

Today, her effort failed.  Assembly Democrats (Harkey is a Republican) amended her bill to save the bonds, but added stiffer requirements.  "The amendments basically present a six-year finance plan, so that we know what it is we're doing," Harkey said.  If passed, it would add more financial reporting, tracking mechanisms and long-term financial planning to the project.  The move shows two important things: the state is strapped and the California High-Speed Rail Authority cannot stumble in the footsteps of projects like the Bay Bridge, which went dramatically over cost.  Second, Markey, who is friendly with Tea Party people in her district, may represent forces Democrats everywhere will be listening to this year.  Even this proposal, in climate-conscious and transit-loving California, may face questions about the green of the money it costs before the green of the environmental impact it promises to have on the state's climate.

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The Takeaway

How To Land On Your Feet When You're Falling Down The Corporate Ladder

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

As the recession rages on, many experienced workers who’ve lost their jobs are looking at job listings and wondering: Am I overqualified for this? And if I apply anyway, how can I convince myself (or someone else) that I'm right for the job?

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: NCAA Final, Partisan Bickering Blocks Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

  • SPORTS: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin analyzes the results of the NCAA championship and what the tournament success means for both Butler and Duke.
  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: More than 200,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits today because of partisan bickering in the Senate. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how “politics as usual” is hitting so many regular Americans where it hurts.

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The Takeaway

Disabled Workers Hit Harder by the Recession

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, one in five Americans is considered disabled. As of this month, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is nearly 14 percent, significantly higher than the 10 percent unemployment rate for the general population. How can we narrow the gap?

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The Takeaway

Solutions for Haiti: Are International Aid Agencies Hiring Enough Haitian Nationals?

Friday, March 12, 2010

All this week on The Takeaway, we've been asking listeners to weigh in on what Haiti needs from the international community in order to move on from the devastating earthquake that struck two months ago. A few listeners homed in on one particular issue: jobs.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing National Unemployment

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friend of the show Lakshan Achuthan joins us to tell a tale of two economic Americas. Contrary to popular belief, the current recession has not been all that bad for many Americans. Unfortunately, the other 40 percent of unemployed fall into what Lakshman calls the "long term unemployed;" and he adds that their plight may not be over any time soon.

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WQXR News

Bunning Relents on Benetfits Bill

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, has decided to lift his opposition to a bill that would extend unemployment benefits and fund highway projects.

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The Takeaway

Too Old to be Hired? Suggestions for Botoxing Your Resume

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Unemployment has spared no community in the past few years, but it’s been especially hard on older workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job-seekers over 45 make up a disproportionate percentage of the long-term unemployed population. And in many cases, those older workers never even get asked in for an interview. If you’re over 45 and applying for jobs, how do you avoid getting your resume tossed in the trash, and increase your chances of getting your foot in the door?

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The Takeaway

Tight Job Market Prompts Outlandish Interview Questions

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In the current economy, there are more than six applicants for every job opening. As a result, employers are looking for more ways to weed through the pool of applicants and are opting for unusual screening techniques. Takeaway work contributor, Beth Kobliner, explains what job seekers can be expected to endure in the interview process these days — from online identity searches, to questions about the shape of manhole covers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted Goes On the Air

Monday, February 22, 2010

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Well, they did it! Each of our first five Help Wanted Facebook Forum contributors spent some time getting to know Brian Lehrer and our listeners on-air. You can ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Covering the Job Market: Help Wanted

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You hear the numbers everyday: unemployment hovers over ten percent. Millions of Americans are out of work. We all get the scope and the magnitude of the situation, but we need to understand the impact on the individual. In the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be unemployed for over a year? What does it take to walk away from a job in this economy? How do you survive the crushing competition or navigate complicated procedures?

The Brian Lehrer Show is very pleased to introduce five job seekers who will help us explore the job market in this tough economy. These five have pledged to share with all of us the good and the bad moments on their journey to a new job. Their introductions are below. Their stories, as well as discussions, advice and helpful links, will remain on a new page in Facebook dedicated to this project. It's called Help Wanted. You can follow along and respond to the authors there.

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Naomi
Commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation

I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents, refugees from Germany and Poland, had first landed in New York and attended college here. I moved to the city on my own when I was nineteen, but spent long stints away before I settled down and became an attorney. I worked for an American exhibit traveling in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Tashkent, Irkutsk, and Tbilisi), as a Russian-speaking resettlement counselor in Boston, and for the U.S. State Department program that admitted refugees from the USSR. My most recent position was as recoupment counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, a fortune 500 company. The carrier issues policies on property titles when there is a sale, so we were very hard hit by the recession. In January, 2009, the company announced that it was closing its claims offices in midtown Manhattan, Buffalo, Chicago, and New Jersey. I was laid off along with almost all the other counsel in those offices. Prior to Fidelity, I practiced motor vehicle accident litigation, mainly writing and arguing motions and appeals.

One good thing that has come out of my layoff is that I have been able to spend more time with my three daughters. Also, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer attorney for the city and the state. I did research and writing in the chambers of a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who handles international commercial litigation, represented low-income New Yorkers in court, sat as a volunteer arbitrator in small claims court, and did research for a city agency. Even though I don't have a paying job, on good days, I still get a thrill out of being at the heart of life in New York.

Alyson
Fashion Design

I am a 25 year old assistant fashion designer for a vendor in New York City. Disappointed with my employment, I am currently seeking a new job or possibly a new career. When I lived in Ohio, I had very high aspirations to move to New York City and work for major designer labels. When I was laid off from a large corporate brand in Ohio, it pushed me to move to the city earlier than I had planned. Employment opportunities in the fashion industry were already sluggish when I graduated college in 2007. Determined to remain in the fashion industry, I have worked for two less than satisfactory companies.

I started actively seeking employment five months ago and have not yet received one reply or interview. Quitting is not an option in this economy, so I remain employed. In the past year, I have attended resume and portfolio

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The Takeaway

Unemployment's Long Term Impacts

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Overall unemployment numbers for January dropped slightly below ten percent, but for particular groups – adult men, African Americans and immigrants – unemployment is still higher than average. 

Today we’re looking at the long term impacts of high unemployment. Could this recession shape a generation, as the Great Depression did? Do unemployed Americans still think of their country as a land of opportunity?

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The Takeaway

Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.7%

Friday, February 05, 2010

New numbers out this morning show an unexpected dip in the unemployment rate. The Labor Department put the rate at 9.7 percent for January, down from 10 percent. We get reaction from Newsweek columnist Dan Gross.

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The Takeaway

Stocks Tumble as Americans Brace for New Unemployment Figures

Friday, February 05, 2010

As European nations in the Iberian Peninsula fall deeper into debt, the U.S. markets came tumbling down on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing just above 10,000 points. All this comes hours before new jobless numbers are released.

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The Takeaway

East New York's unemployed

Friday, February 05, 2010

Despite the fact that the Department of Labor lists young people, African-American and Hispanic men as having some of the highest rates of unemployment, a group of youngsters in East New York, Brooklyn is determined to buck the trend and get into the job market. The Takeaway's Ibrahim Abdul-Matin introduces them to us and their challenges when it comes to finding work.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Ending Gridlock, Toyota Investigation, Unemployment, Bill Withers

Thursday, February 04, 2010

UPDATED: 5:40 PM

Alex (Senior Producer) here with some changes to tomorrow's show.

We've booked former Presidential candidate, Congressman Ron Paul to help us cover the energy, enigma and infighting around the Tea Party convention in Nashville. So that should be interesting.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Helping Unemployed Friends

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Today we've been asking, "If you know someone who's unemployed, what is the number one thing you're offering? If you're unemployed, what's the one thing you'd want your friends to do?" We hear some of your responses.

What's your take?

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The Takeaway

What Can The Employed Do For Their Unemployed Friends?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

It's a question on the minds of lots of employed people these days: What can I do to help my unemployed friends? Justin Jones-Fosu, leadership trainer and host of WEAA Baltimore's "Listen Up," shares advice and information for those who want to help, but are afraid of sounding condescending.

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The Takeaway

Helping Unemployed Friends

Monday, February 01, 2010

We're talking about how friends and family can help people who are unemployed. How are you helping friends who have lost their jobs? If you are unemployed, what kind of help do you need?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Calling All Job Seekers

Monday, January 25, 2010

"first application" by gtmcknight on flickr

\'first application\' by gtmcknight on flickr

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