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Commentary by Ken Jacobsand T. William Lester in SFGate

Deficit reduction isn’t one size fits all

When it comes to jobs and the economy, not all solutions to California’s estimated $20 billion budget shortfall are equal. Most measures designed to reduce the deficit can be expected to depress the state’s economy even further in the short term, but the magnitude of that impact will depend on which cuts are enacted.

Commentary by Jacob Hackerand Ken Jacobs in SFGate

Health care reform: Shared risk, responsibility

When Congress resumes work after Labor Day, the members must act swiftly to pass the Affordable Health Choices Act. Contrary to the misleading attacks, this uniquely American plan represents our best hope for expanding access to affordable coverage. Why? Because the House bill upholds the twin principles of shared risk and shared responsibility. As the legislation moves forward, any changes made should not abandon these two crucial ideals.


Thumbs-up for $15-an-hour minimum wage in new S.F. poll