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August 3, 2004 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Inadequate wages and benefits force workers at Wal-Mart stores in California to seek $86 million a year in state aid, according to a report released Monday by the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Moreover, if other retailers cut their wages and benefits to the levels offered by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the cost to California's public-assistance programs would rise by $410 million annually, the study said.
October 17, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
California is embarking on an unprecedented civil court experiment to pay for attorneys to represent poor litigants who find themselves battling powerful adversaries in vital matters affecting their livelihoods and families. The program is the first in the nation to recognize a right to representation in key civil cases and provide it for people fighting eviction, loss of child custody, domestic abuse or neglect of the elderly or disabled. Advocates for the poor say the law, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed this week, levels the legal playing field and gives underprivileged litigants a better shot at attaining justice against unscrupulous landlords, abusive spouses, predatory lenders and other foes.
January 12, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had. "This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We shall not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it. " Since LBJ's launch of the War on Poverty, the effort has become a whipping boy on the right and even the left.
April 25, 1989
Boeing Co.: The Seattle-based aircraft company said first-quarter profit rose to $161 million, up 18% from a year ago. Revenue advanced 10% to $4 billion. The firm attributed the gains to higher sales and lower levels of research, development and other new business expenses relating to commercial aircraft and computing. They were partly offset by continued performance problems on several U.S. government programs, increased research, development relating to electronics, defense and space programs and a higher effective federal income tax rate.
May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. judge in Portland ruled that government programs to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin do not meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act. U.S. District Judge James A. Redden struck down the strategy for protecting Columbia Basin salmon, issued in December 2000.The strategy focused on improving habitat, hatcheries and harvest limits without breaching four lower Snake River dams. Some environmentalists want the dams breached.
March 8, 2013
Re "GOP revisits Medicare reform," March 3 People get the greatest share of their lifetime medical care after age 65, and Medicare is currently the cheapest solution to that problem. The federal program's overhead is smaller than private insurance, but economists say the program is underfunded. If raising taxes is a tough sell, then increasing the monthly medical insurance premium that most Medicare recipients pay above $104 would improve its financing. That is cheaper than having millions of seniors on the welfare rolls due to medical bankruptcy, which could happen if we place seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies by giving them vouchers.
October 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
No question, Mitt Romney's extensive debate preparation is paying off. At least in the first half of the debate, he seemed more emotionally connected than President Obama with the material -- making jokes and self-deprecating remarks and even invoking Big Bird  in a discussion about the deficit and budget priorities. When moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS asked each candidate to describe the difference between his plan to attack the deficit and his opponent's, Romney couched the issue in moral terms.
December 18, 1999 | Reuters
President Clinton signed into law Friday legislation that could allow as many as 8 million Americans with disabilities to go to work without fear of losing their federal health insurance. "No one should have to choose between taking a job and having health care," Clinton said as he signed the legislation at the memorial to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was himself partially paralyzed from a bout of polio.
May 15, 1996
In her Column Right on April 28, Arianna Huffington criticized Newt Gingrich for summarizing the Republican agenda as "Earn more, keep more, do more." She feels that instead of being so frank in stating that the core beliefs of his party are totally egotistical, he might have at least replaced the "do more" by "give more." Good for Huffington. At least she, unlike Gingrich, realizes that there are severe problems in our society that require compassion for their solution. However, Huffington's solution of such problems is private giving instead of government programs sponsored by the taxes we all pay. She should know better.
May 9, 2006 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
The federal government said Monday that it had moved to bar Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s San Diego hospital from Medicare and other government programs because of alleged kickbacks to doctors. The move could be costly to Tenet, possibly forcing it to sell the profitable hospital -- a rare commodity these days -- at a fire-sale price.
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