Sunday, March 10, 2013
President Obama has proposed making minimum wage $9 an hour—and some Democrats want to push the minimum wage above $10 an hour. What do you think?
A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, according to NBC.com. Some 71 percent of those surveyed said they supported raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, while 27 percent opposed it, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday. States have the ability to set their own minimum wage level, as long as it is above the federal minimum wage. Pennsylvania maintains the federal standard at $7.25. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania for jobs where employees receive tips is $2.83. According to an editorial in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2.9 percent of U.S. workers make minimum wage. Most of them are students working part-time, not the primary wage earner supporting a …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The issues are many, but which stands out as the one most important to America?
A flurry of festivities will set Washington, D.C. in motion this week as President Barack Obama is sworn in Monday for his second term in office. With "Faith in America's Future" as the theme for the 2013 inauguration, the celebration will reflect the country's perseverance and unity, as well as commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. The inaugural address, parade, and a number of balls and galas that honor the president will have a certain priority of their own. But when the hoopla dies down, there's some serious work to be done. Through the last year, our Patch Polls have focused on some of the major issues facing the country. This week, …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Rep. Tim Murphy says the underlying cause for tragedies like Newtown's is untreated or undertreated mental illness.
Following President Barack Obama's announcement on what he wants to see changed in the wake of the Newtown mass shooting, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), who represents Peters Township, issued the following statement: With the President’s policy recommendations now released, Congress can begin the legislative process of reviewing these proposals with a shared goal of preventing tragedies like Newtown from occurring again. I am approaching this effort with the seriousness the families of Newtown, indeed all families across the nation, deserve from their elected officials and will examine all aspects of the President’s recommendations. But the underlying cause in mass tragedies like Newtown is that the perpetrator had an untreated or …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Tell us what you think is the best way for President Obama and Congress to work together to keep tax rates from rising and major spending cuts from being enacted in January.
Last year, Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to a program—now known as the "fiscal cliff"— to reduce the federal deficit. If Congress and the president don't reach an agreement within the next few weeks, tax rates will rise in January for almost all Americans and major spending cuts will automatically occur next year in most government spending programs. Democrats and Republicans don't agree about how to best raise the federal government's revenues. The president and most congressional Democrats favor tax rate increases on the wealthiest Americans. Most congressional Republicans call instead for closing loopholes and reforming the tax code. Both parties have indicated a willingness to implement spending cuts. A point of …
Friday, July 6, 2012
President Barack Obama greets hundreds of supporters at Carnegie Mellon, a stop on his Rustbelt campaign tour.
President Barack Obama urged a crowd at Carnegie Mellon University today to stay the course, despite newly released June jobs numbers showing sluggish employment growth across the nation. "We knew we wouldn't be able to do it overnight, because these problems weren't created overnight," Obama told hundreds of supporters gathered near the university's College of Fine Arts during the sweltering July afternoon. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that employers created 80,000 new jobs during June, leveling the nation's unemployment rate at 8.2 percent. The report has dampened hopes that the economy was on the rebound after showing strong employment growth earlier this year. Obama didn't directly reference the latest employment …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Lasers have obstructed nearly 30 flights approaching Pittsburgh International since 2009.
Shining a laser at an aircraft or its point of travel is now illegal under federal law. President Obama on Feb. 14 signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which includes provisions that make it a criminal offense to aim a laser beam at an aircraft or its flight path. The crime is punishable by a fine of $250,000 and up to five years in prison. More than 28 incidents involving lasers obstructing aircrafts approaching Pittsburgh International Airport have been recorded since September 2009, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania. The statute was enacted after a growing number of pilots across the country reported that lasers beamed from the …
Friday, October 21, 2011
What's your take on this breaking news?
Friday, October 21, 2011
President Barack Obama announced today that U.S. troops will leave Iraq by December, ending a war that has lasted for almost a decade. "As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end," Obama said in an article on The Huffington Post. "So today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year." "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," he said. What are your thoughts on the news? Please share them with us in the comments.
Friday, June 24, 2011
President rolls out public-private partnership to spur technological advancements.
President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh this morning to announce a new initiative between universities, businesses and the federal government to enhance research and technological development. Obama toured the Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center to learn more about upcoming technology and how it can spur economic growth in America. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership would funnel $500 million to launch the public-private research initiative. Obama said he hoped it would bring new inventions from the drawing board to the market place faster. “We have not run out of stuff to make,” he said. “We just need to re-invigorate our manufacturing (sector).” Before speaking, Obama toured the university’s robotics …