Patt Morrison

<em>Patt Morrison</em> is known for its innovative discussions of local politics and culture, as well as its presentation of the effects of national and world news on Southern California. Hosted by

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Patt Morrison for August 18, 2011

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Is this 2008 all over again? How bad loans & a lot of uncertainty spook stock markets, just like the last financial crisis

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Getting blood from a stone: what more can governments do to create jobs?

Job creation is all the rage, as the national unemployment rate hovers north of 9% and joblessness in certain pockets of the country are even higher—here in California unemployment is sitting at a painful 11.8%. While politicians are scrambling yet again to come up with ways to stimulate job growth, the reality is that there aren’t many tools left for governments to employ…in order to get people employed. On the national scene President Obama is readying fairly sizable jobs legislation for Congress in September that will include money for refurbishing schools, rebuilding infrastructure and tax credits for businesses that start hiring workers. The plan is ambitious, and the president has hinted that it will also include deficit reduction measures to revive his effort for a “grand bargain” on narrowing the federal debt—the measure is likely to include extensions on the payroll tax credit and extension of unemployment benefits. Does it have any chance at making it through a hostile GOP-controlled House of Representatives, and even if it does, can it work? Here in California Gov. Jerry Brown is getting in on the jobs fun, appointing a “jobs czar” who formerly worked at Bank of American and GMAC, with the mission of being a go-between for business, labor leaders and the state government. Regulation reform, legislation and executive actions are all on the table to stimulate job creation in California, but again, how much can realistically be done? It’s become a political necessity for our elected leaders to take on some kind of jobs platform but is this anything more than good intentions and scant options?

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GOP vs. EPA: the coming battle over environmental regulation & job creation

“I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” said Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry at a meeting with business leaders in New Hampshire yesterday. The Texas governor, whose home state releases the most carbon dioxide in the country, went on describe global warming as an unproved theory that didn’t warrant huge financial expenditures, and in doing so affirmed his belief in an idea that has become an integral part of the GOP’s crusade against the Environmental Protection Agency. Many Republicans “think that the over-regulation from the EPA is at the heart of our stalled economy,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who helped to craft the controversial appropriations bill that will fund the EPA if passed in the coming weeks. As subcommittee chairman, Simpson has overseen the addition of 38 contentious riders to the bill that have included an end to the moratorium on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a delay in the agency’s ability to regulate green house gas emissions, and the unlimited discharge of pesticide particles into waterways. Democrats are up in arms about the additional provisions, and the White House has already threatened to veto bill, but many Republicans are preparing for battle against the mammoth environmental organization. With governmental spending at the top of many candidates’ agendas, the EPA’s funding and in particular its business-unfriendly green house gas emission initiatives are likely to come under fire. But do the agency’s regulations actually prevent job growth and undermine businesses? Will the EPA’s budget be slashed and what will that mean for the nation’s water and air quality?

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