New apprenticeship rule expands alternative path to employment through local businesses, colleges

From the Hermann Advertiser-Courier article written by Bethany Blankey. Expanding and improving the nation’s apprenticeship programs by getting government out of the way is the goal of a new proposal the Trump administration announced last week. “To address America’s skills gap and expand the apprenticeship model to new industries,” the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new…

529s now for K-12 too

From the Journal Record’s article by Jonathan Small.  Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans by the state’s Republican-controlled government has increased by $1.1 billion. By contrast, Republicans at the national level have cut taxes. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump just days before…

DemToo? GOP fans out to hang #MeToo around Democrats’ necks

From the Chicago SunTimes article written by Tina Sfondeles Republicans are wasting no time exploiting allegations that House Speaker Mike Madigan retaliated against a fellow Democrat who questioned his handling of sexual harassment cases — following the lead of the GOP’s lead bankroller and chief “Blame Madigan” strategist, Gov. Bruce Rauner. From Republican attorney general…