The Iowa Independent
I'm with these folks. They have figured it out.
According to CCi the sum total of the bonuses received by by executives and employees of the bailed out banks, exceeds the sum total of State budget shortfalls.
The story from The Iowa Independent:
Hundreds of sign-toting members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) stormed the lobbies of two downtown Des Moines banks Tuesday afternoon, temporarily halting business activities to demand the banks give up their employee bonuses to help pare down Iowa’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall...
In Oregon they decide to pay the bills. From The Oregonian.
Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.
The tax measures passed easily, with late returns showing a 54 percent to 46 percent ratio. Measure 66 raises taxes on households with taxable income above $250,000, and Measure 67 sets higher minimum taxes on corporations and increases the tax rate on upper-level profits....
Having passed SB810 in California, they will make Governor Schwarzenegger veto a State run Single Payer healthplan. States managing their own healthcare is a much better solution than a the federal healthcare reform plan which includes forcing States to accept plans from other States that cannot pay out claims, or do not keep the promises they make to their customers (Its being sold as "allowing insurers to compete across State lines).
...SB 810, The California Universal Healthcare Act, authored by Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), with broad support among many healthcare, community, and labor groups, will now proceed to a vote by the Assembly, which has passed similar legislation in the past. The bill would establish a single-payer system in California, modeled on the healthcare systems flourishing in virtually all other industrialized nations, where better patient outcomes are achieved at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. system...