US States Budget Crisis
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 17 October 2013
The budget agreement passed by Congress Wednesday establishes the framework for a bipartisan deal to deepen cuts in social spending and initiate an historic attack on Social Security and Medicare.
By Alexander Fangmann, 17 October 2013
Health insurance subsidies for 30,000 workers, as well as their spouses and dependents, will be phased out over three years.
By Jerry White, 16 October 2013
Nearly 20,000 retired municipal workers in Detroit will see their city-paid health benefits disappear as of January 1, 2014.
By Andre Damon, 9 October 2013
US President Barack Obama reassured congressional Republicans that he would agree to entitlement cuts if they vote to increase the government’s debt limit.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013
Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”
By Andre Damon, 4 October 2013
There were more indications Thursday that the aim of both the Democrats and Republicans in negotiations to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling will focus on major cuts to entitlement programs.
By David Brown, 30 September 2013
California’s third largest city is preparing to slash pensions for new-hires, current employees and retirees.
By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.
By Andre Damon, 27 September 2013
Behind the largely stage-managed facade of “partisan gridlock,” the Democratic and Republican Parties are united in attacking the social conditions and living standards of working people.
By Adam Soroka, 26 September 2013
Washington DC Council failed to override Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act.
By Gabriel Black, 23 September 2013
Governor Jerry Brown has orchestrated an emergency agreement with the federal government that will restore $1.6 billion in public transit grants that had been revoked due to a dispute over Brown’s 2012 pension reform.
By Dan Conway, 31 August 2013
Bankruptcy protection in San Bernardino, California will allow the city to drastically cut payments to the state pension fund.
By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013
Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.
By Isabelle Belanger, 24 August 2013
Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of standardized testing are undermining funding for school libraries and professionally certified school librarians.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 August 2013
Some 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania will have their food stamps cut in November. Another 110,000 families have been denied benefits since an asset test was started in 2012.
By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2013
In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the UAW is calling for sacrifices to be imposed on workers in line with the 2009 forced bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry.
By John Marion, 12 August 2013
While investing a large percentage of state pension money in hedge funds, Rhode Island is increasing the retirement age for state workers and cutting benefits.
By Jerry White, 30 July 2013
The president has rejected any assistance to Detroit in the midst of his bogus campaign to defend the “middle class.”
By Tim Rivers and Jerry White, 29 July 2013
Rank-and-file firefighters are seeking to mobilize opposition to the emergency manager’s attack on pensions and essential services.
By Gabriel Black, 29 July 2013
California state employee pension systems posted large gains in their portfolios, however, they remain massively underfunded.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2013
The union apparatus will not lift a finger to defend Detroit workers.
By Usman Clemens, 27 July 2013
Opposition is mounting among Detroit workers to the drive by the city’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Michigan governor Rick Snyder to use the city’s bankruptcy to slash social services and rip up workers’ pensions.
By Shannon Jones, 26 July 2013
The Buena Vista and Inkster are being dissolved and their students transferred to other districts, in the latest attack on public education in the state.
By Jerry White, 26 July 2013
The bankruptcy filing by Detroit’s unelected emergency manager last week is the outcome of an anti-democratic conspiracy conducted by top political officials from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
By our reporters, 25 July 2013
Detroit firefighters with the Public Safety Workers Action Group (PSWAG) talked to the WSWS outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit about the need to mount a wider struggle against the bankruptcy filing
By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2013
As far back as January there were backroom discussions on bankruptcy between Detroit and Lansing public officials and the corporate law firm Jones Day.
Statement by D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit mayor
24 July 2013
The SEP is calling on workers and youth to distribute this statement as widely as possible and build the August 4 campaign meeting at Wayne State University.
By Barry Grey, 23 July 2013
In city after city, preparations are underway to impose massive cuts using the mechanism of unelected officials and the legal framework of the bankruptcy courts.
By our reporters, 23 July 2013
Detroit firefighters are picketing fire stations this week to protest the move to throw the city into bankruptcy and attack the jobs and pensions of municipal employees.
By Jerry White, 22 July 2013
The Obama administration sees the attack on Detroit workers as paving the way to slash benefits owed to state and municipal workers throughout the country
By Zac Corrigan, 22 July 2013
There is broad popular opposition throughout Detroit to the bankruptcy and the attacks being planned on the working class.
By Barry Grey, 20 July 2013
Detroit has been bled dry as a result of a deliberate policy pursued by the auto companies, the banks and the ruling class as a whole over a period of nearly four decades.
By Shannon Jones, 20 July 2013
Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager overseeing the financial restructuring of Detroit, defended their decision to force the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy at a press conference Friday.
D’Artagnan Collier end-of-election meeting in Detroit
20 July 2013
D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, will speak at 2 p.m. on August 4 at Wayne State University.
By Jerry White, 19 July 2013
The emergency manager overseeing the financial restructuring of Detroit filed a petition in federal court Thursday afternoon throwing the city of 700,000 residents into Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
By Jerry White, 18 July 2013
Financial dictator Kevyn Orr is implementing an historic attack on the working class that will have devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of people.
By Alexander Fangmann, 16 July 2013
The state of Illinois is poised to pass sweeping attacks on public employee pensions as Democratic Governor Pat Quinn pushes the Democratic Party-controlled House and Senate to reconcile competing plans.
By Catherine Long, 11 July 2013
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law a biennial budget last month that includes deep cuts to social services and public education, and plans for the selloff of prisons, public lands, infrastructure and university buildings.
By Zac Corrigan, 8 July 2013
Tenants facing eviction have written an open letter to workers in Detroit to support their struggle.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2013
In the wake of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters Sunday in Arizona, the wildfire, nicknamed Yarnell Hill, remains uncontrolled.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2013
Using a few dozen high-paying pensions as a pretext, Detroit’s emergency manager is preparing to gut retirements of city workers.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 July 2013
All but one member of the crew, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died battling a blaze about 80 miles north of Phoenix.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 July 2013
On Sunday, Collier participated in a forum held at the Second Baptist Church in downtown Detroit that gave residents an opportunity to question candidates running in the upcoming Detroit primary election
By Zac Corrigan and Justin Knowels, 1 July 2013
Detroit residents facing eviction are organizing to fight back.
By Bryan Dyne, 29 June 2013
Orr’s decision to cancel the contracts of 9-1-1 operators, firefighters and police officers is part of the thrust to privatize all city services.
By Christine Schofelt, 27 June 2013
The state legislature is preparing for an impending July 1 partial government shutdown after failing to agree to a budget in a second special legislative session.
By Dan Conway, 26 June 2013
Despite the state’s fiscal surplus, the state budget promises continued austerity.
By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2013
The fact that Detroit’s emergency manager absented himself from the meeting demonstrated his contempt for the unions, which have prostrated themselves before the assault by the banks and bondholders against city workers.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 June 2013
With a severe wildfire season predicted in the US, dwindling resources will force ill-equipped firefighters to face deadlier fires at greater risks.
By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013
A new report suggests that California has massively underestimated its unfunded liabilities to pensioners.
By Trent Novak, 21 June 2013
A recent audit of the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has revealed that many of the agency’s vehicles are inoperable or unfit for service.
By our team of reporters, 18 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke with protestors at Northwestern High School to discuss the nature of so-called “self-governing” schools
By Andre Damon, 17 June 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Friday to wipe out the pensions and health benefits of current and retired city workers, condemning nearly 20,000 retirees and their families to poverty and poor health.
A dress rehearsal for Detroit
By Esther Galen, 17 June 2013
Of 21 Michigan cities under emergency managers, none has yet faced as drastic cuts in public services as Pontiac.
By our reporters, 17 June 2013
Workers in Pontiac spoke about their experiences under emergency management.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Kevyn Orr met with Detroit’s creditors in a closed-door meeting to outline how he intends to restructure the city on behalf of the wealthy.
By James Brewer, 15 June 2013
Orr’s office claims that the privatization will save the city $15 million a year.
By our reporters, 13 June 2013
The threats to sell off city assets, particularly the Detroit Institute of Arts, has provoked widespread opposition across the city.
No to Orr and the bankers’ dictatorship! For a working class and socialist alternative to the looting of Detroit!
Statement of D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor
12 June 2013
This statement was distributed Monday, June 10 at the first public meeting of the Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.
By Tom Hall, 12 June 2013
Louisiana's Civil Service Commission recently voted to approve the privatization of four hospitals, which will result in the layoff of thousands of state employees.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 June 2013
Kevyn Orr held his required public meeting Monday night where he presented his plans for austerity.
“Art shapes the way you see the world”
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 June 2013
We recently spoke to Detroit-area artist Jef Bourgeau about the threat to sell off major works of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and related matters.
By Nancy Hanover, 10 June 2013
Municipal bankruptcy would facilitate the abrogation of labor contracts, pave the way for large-scale layoffs and put pensions at risk.
By Shane Feratu, 7 June 2013
As in many other states, Illinois school districts have struggled under years of classroom cuts, pay freezes, and elimination of benefits for teachers.
By Tom Hall, 7 June 2013
Tenants threatened with eviction from the Henry Street apartment complex and students from nearby Cass Tech high school spoke with supporters of SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 June 2013
Seven fire stations and the former firehouse headquarters are being sold by the city in order to pay part of Detroit's long-term debt.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2013
The Detroit Regional Chamber last week hosted the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in northern Michigan.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 June 2013
D'Artagnan Collier advanced a program and perspective for the working class of Detroit to fight back against the cuts and privatizations happening in the city.
By Shannon Jones, 31 May 2013
Schools in the district outside Saginaw reopened May 20 after a two-week closure.
By Jake Dean, 29 May 2013
In the past seven years, valley fever fungal disease contributed to the deaths of as many as 43 inmates, a federal investigation has found.
By David Brown, 27 May 2013
During the first year of operation, the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has failed to meet numerous state standards regarding special education.
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2013
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to workers and young people visiting the DIA about the proposal to sell the museum’s art collection.
By David Brown, 25 May 2013
The IRS, EPA, and Department of Housing and Urban Development all closed on Friday, sending employees home on unpaid furloughs as part of the sequester cuts.
By Bryan Dyne, 25 May 2013
The DIA, one of the leading fine arts museums in the US, is being considered as an asset Detroit could sell off to help pay the city’s debt.
By Nick Barrickman, 23 May 2013
The District of Columbia possesses the highest concentration of charter schools of any city in the United States save for New Orleans.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2013
Detroit’s emergency manager is using the threat of bankruptcy to extract massive cuts from city workers.
By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 22 May 2013
A call for workers and youth to attend an emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit.
By Naomi Spencer, 20 May 2013
Nearly 50 Michigan school districts are operating with a deficit.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2013
Collier spoke to workers and youth about his mayoral campaign, the fight against the emergency manager and the conditions facing Detroiters.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 18 May 2013
Over 400 people attended a public hearing on May 14 to oppose a proposed 17 percent cut to Seattle’s Metro Transit.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2013
A proposed injunction to halt the closure of one in ten public schools in the District of Columbia has been denied in federal court.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 May 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will submit a report Monday that will be the pretext for an accelerated offensive against the working class in Detroit.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2013
Ypsilanti teachers expressed shock and anger over the mass layoff and worsening social conditions.
By Adam Sagitov, 10 May 2013
Reclassifying the majority of D.C. public schools as “small schools” will reduce their funding by $8 million.
By Aleksandr Kascak, 10 May 2013
Minnesota faces approximately $85 million in cuts from the sequestration order signed by President Obama, affecting education, public health, childcare, and environmental protection.
By Zac Corrigan, 9 May 2013
Many questions remain unanswered following the closure of schools in the small community outside of Saginaw.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 May 2013
One quarter of Walled Lake Consolidated School District bus drivers called in sick Wednesday to protest the sell-off of their jobs.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 May 2013
The expansion of the “Moving to Work” program will allow states to enact stringent restrictions on eligibility for housing benefits.
Timeline of Detroit debt crisis
By Jerry White, 26 April 2013
Detroit is one of many US cities that have taken on crushing levels of debt in response to the Crash of 2008 and to offset cuts in federal aid and state revenue.
By E.P. Bannon, 22 April 2013
In addition to unprecedented cuts in Social Security and Medicare, the White House budget targets the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the electrification project created under the New Deal, for sale to private energy firms.
Throw out the emergency manager! End the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!
Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 April 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit. The following is his statement announcing the campaign.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 April 2013
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr is set to select his old law firm, Jones Day, to oversee the restructuring of Detroit’s debt on behalf of the bondholders and banks.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 April 2013
The final decision on all spending will be made by the city’s emergency manager.
By Matthew MacEgan, 15 April 2013
The North Carolina House has approved a bill requiring background checks for those seeking welfare assistance or food stamps.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 April 2013
The budget released by the Obama administration on Wednesday marks a significant escalation of the assault on Social Security and Medicare, the most important federal retirement and health care programs in the United States.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 April 2013
The Arkansas Senate approved a measure that would require random drug testing of as many as 85,000 residents who receive state unemployment benefits.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 April 2013
A rally called by the American Association of Cancer Research is an initial expression of the mass opposition to the sequester cuts.
By Lawrence Porter, 10 April 2013
Detroit’s newly installed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is preparing to target the pensions and health care benefits of retired city workers.
A Call to Action
the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013
For an indefinite period of time, Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, can enact laws, replace all elected officials, deploy the police, rip up contracts and assume all the powers of government.
By Steve Filips, 6 April 2013
State aid to public schools has not increased at a rate that will prevent many districts from laying off staff.