Senator presses $100 billion jobs bill


CLEVELAND - At a packed press conference and rally here Wednesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced plans to introduce a $100 billion jobs bill when the Senate reconvenes next week.

The bill, called the Local Jobs for America Act, "would create or save up to a million jobs quickly in both the public and private sectors and help restore access to vital services on which families rely," he said.

Joined by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic in front of Cleveland's Fire Station 1, Brown said the bill would allocate $75 billion directly to local municipalities and nonprofit community organizations who would decide how best to use the funds. The purpose, he said, was to prevent planned cuts and rehire critical public safety and service workers who have been laid off because of declining tax revenues.

An additional $24 billion would go to states for jobs in education and public safety. The bill would also authorize $1 billion for private sector job training programs.

The bill is companion to HB 4812 introduced in the House by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., which now has 161 co-sponsors.

Brown said the legislation could be partly funded by taxes on Wall Street speculation and by renewed tax revenues from the jobs created directly and indirectly. But, he said, "the most important thing is getting people back to work."

"We had a balanced budget under President Clinton," he said. "The people who are pushing the deficit alarm now didn't ring the bell when the real deficit spending occurred" under President George W. Bush. This included the huge unfunded spending on the Iraq war, the tax cuts for the richest Americans and the massive payouts to insurance and drug companies through the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.

"They started the fire," Brown said of the Republicans. "They are now calling the fire department, yet they don't want to give the firefighters the resources they need to keep us safe and communities thriving."

Brown's remarks were applauded by those present including about 100 members of public sector unions - firefighters, police, service employees, transit workers and teachers.

"This will definitely help the safety forces," said Third District Police Commander Calvin Williams. "We usually get called when people need help. I'm glad Senator Brown is there when we need help."

Plusquellic, representing both the city of Akron and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said people understood when Wall Street and the auto industry were "too important to fail." He asked, "Why is it so hard for people to understand the importance of local services - schools, police, fire?"

Akron used to have 3,400 employees and now has 1,950, he noted. "I don't want to hear from those right-wing wackos that we don't know how to run a city."

Photo: Sen. Sherrod Brown announces Senate jobs bill in front of Fire Station 1 in Cleveland, June 2. Standing behind him is Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. (Photo by Les Wiley)


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  • Can we blame the last two administrations for the deficit? Absolutely. I was hoping this administration would get it under control. Clinton was fiscally responsible, but he was also able to keep a balanced budget in two types of congress. This administration came into a bad situation, but it's discouraging they haven't passed legislation with either a democratic or republican congress.

    Posted by Tampa Car Accident Lawyer, 09/09/2011 5:20am (4 years ago)

  • That is the political speech! I think this bill was shot down by the Republican congress.

    Posted by swiss gear backpack, 08/22/2011 10:26pm (4 years ago)

  • I think this bill was shot down by the Republican congress. It's a shame, I felt it really had potential.

    Posted by storage sheds, 06/23/2011 2:46pm (5 years ago)

  • This is the kind of bill that will never get passed, I see it all the time.

    Posted by Sarah, 05/26/2011 7:41am (5 years ago)

  • The Local Jobs for America Act, sounds like a great way to give the community a boost. More jobs creates more spending and more spending creates a bigger payroll and more job opportunities. Akron seems to really need the jobs, considering that their employees were cut in half.

    Posted by payroll, 03/09/2011 7:34pm (5 years ago)

  • It will take united effort to pass this bill. The Republicans are crying deficit, not acknowledging the role they and the previous administration had in the deficit. What hypocrites they are.

    It will take a generation to recover from the Bush administration. What a legacy he left.

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 06/08/2010 5:47am (6 years ago)

  • Following up,this companion bill should be H.R.4812,not HB 4812(this confuses it with an unrelated IL legislation). This clarification allows us to research and follow-up,see

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 06/08/2010 1:19am (6 years ago)

  • Congress now has to be pressed to support this bill.
    If the coalitions of organizations,so vocal is not pressed into action,and the people not unified in this action,we will not win its passage.
    We must call our congressional offices,now.
    It has been said that the main feature of the digital age is communication. We have to communicate,communicate and communicate-like communists.
    If one is a non-communist,it is time to communicate as if one was a communist. It is time to bury all hatchets.
    It is U- N- I -T- Y time.
    It is time for the would be communists to be as unassuming as many,many of our non-communists-for unity sake-for we have nothing without our brother and sister workers-and this part of our vaunted "communist consciousness"we all too soon forget. This is a main problem in our becoming catalysts for building organization,struggle and more and more unity,for peace,jobs,political independence,socialism,and the universal selflessness of communism and equality.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 06/06/2010 2:16pm (6 years ago)

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