The Fed hasn’t been able to pass a budget since last year, one excuse after another and a new deadline is coming up.  So what’s the plan?Blame the Tea Party!

On April 8th, funding for the federal government runs out and a number of lawmakers are saying that they won’t pass another short-term extension. The battle in Congress got particularly heated today when Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was caught on tape on a conference call urging fellow Dems to blame the Tea Party for a possible shutdown.

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In a recent Executive Order signed by Gov. Walker, Executive Order 18, what should be seen as progress and an end to unfair discrimination has instead been turned around by the AFL-CIO as a slam against workers again, specifically against young workers, an end to apprentice jobs.

Walker Slams Door on Young Workers, Ends Apprentice Jobs

Walker quietly issued an executive order this month suspending rules that require contractors on state projects to employ workers under the state apprenticeship program.

Walker’s executive order, his 18th, was not distributed as a press release, unlike the prior 17, each of which can still be read on the “Media Center” section of the governor’s website.

Under the apprenticeship program contractors provide on-the-job training in a skilled trade to apprentices and also pay them wages as they attend classes at a technical college or other institution. It is overseen by the state Department of Workforce Development, and carried out at the local level by the state’s 94 local trade committees, boards staffed by local employer and employee representatives.

Like apprenticeship programs around the country, Wisconsin’s is a pathway to good, skilled middle-class jobs for young workers. State Rep. Barbara Toles (D) says suspending the rules will:

negatively impact people’s ability to gain access to apprenticeships, especially minorities and women.

In actuality what Gov. Walker did was to rescind EO 108 which requires that companies that bid on govn’t jobs have apprenticeship programs.  While apprenticeship programs are all well and good, this discriminates against companies with do not have these programs, which may offer more specialized services and which may be able to bid lower on the projects.

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