May 10, 2017

05/10/2017: Is this what running the government like a business looks like?

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Kellyanne Conway went on CNN this morning to talk about President Trump's bombshell firing of FBI director James Comey and said this: "You want to question the timing of when he hires, when he fires. It’s inappropriate. He’ll do it when he wants to." Um, asking questions is exactly what a free press in a representative democracy is supposed to do, and we still have a lot of them. Questions like: what's gonna happen with health care? Tax reform? Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure package? And there's a broader question that's unique to this president: Is this how you run a business? Is it how you run the government like a business? We'll talk about it. Plus: the state of schools in Erie County, Pennsylvania and the second part of our interview with Susan Burton.

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Erie public schools are consolidating to survive

May 10, 2017
Even after cutbacks, the district is facing a $10 million deficit.
Catherine Doyle teaches an ESL class at East High School in Erie, where more than a quarter of students are learning English.
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H2-B visa demand is leaving some businesses understaffed for summer

May 10, 2017
Unemployment is at its lowest rate in roughly a decade. For lots of businesses, that means summer help is going to be harder to find — and more expensive. That’s especially true for smaller resort businesses that rely on temporary foreign workers to staff their hotels and restaurants. Those workers typically come on what’s known […]

Census director resigns as ramp up for 2020 count begins

May 10, 2017
The resignation of the U.S. Census Bureau director leaves the agency with no leader just month before it begins a big hiring and technology push for the 2020 census. Data from the census is useful far beyond counting the population. Economists and businesses use census numbers to decide where and when to expand, or pull […]

Kellyanne Conway went on CNN this morning to talk about President Trump’s bombshell firing of FBI director James Comey and said this: “You want to question the timing of when he hires, when he fires. It’s inappropriate. He’ll do it when he wants to.” Um, asking questions is exactly what a free press in a representative democracy is supposed to do, and we still have a lot of them. Questions like: what’s gonna happen with health care? Tax reform? Trump’s trillion-dollar infrastructure package? And there’s a broader question that’s unique to this president: Is this how you run a business? Is it how you run the government like a business? We’ll talk about it. Plus: the state of schools in Erie County, Pennsylvania and the second part of our interview with Susan Burton.

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