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- Posted byon April 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM EST
On Thursday, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a bipartisan bill that enacts many of the President’s proposals to encourage startups and support our nation’s small businesses. The JOBS Act will allow Main Street small businesses and high-growth enterprises to raise capital from investors more efficiently, allowing small and young firms across the country to grow and hire faster.
Charlotte City Council Member and Past President of the National League of Cities James Mitchell Jr. joined the White House for the signing and shared his thoughts:
I was thankful to be invited to attend President Obama’s signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The President has shown great leadership with his clear and consistent effort to make this Act a reality, beginning with the inclusion of the JOBS Act in the State of the Union.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of America’s hometowns. The JOBS Act will help these businesses gain much needed capital to make new investments and will encourage them to expand their operations. This Act will assist our nation’s hometowns by helping entrepreneurs and start-ups outside the traditional geographic venture capital areas to find investors to create the next generation of innovative products and services.
- Posted byon March 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM EST
Last week, state treasurers from across the nation gathered at the White House for a discussion with Administration officials on the economic recovery.
Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, began the meeting by providing an overview of the economy. Krueger pointed to positive signs of economic growth in many areas. He highlighted that the private sector has added 3.9 million jobs over the past 24 months and that consumer confidence continues to rise.
- Posted byon March 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM EST
Last week marked two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama. Millions of Americans have already been helped by the health reform law, including 2.5 million young adults who now have coverage, and 20.4 million women who now have access to preventive care. State and local officials across the country wrote to explain how heath care reform is already impacting their community.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a statement to describe what the Affordable Care Act means to California:
This historic reform to our healthcare system protects everyone, particularly the most vulnerable among us, including our children and seniors. Californians can no longer lose their health coverage for being ill, and soon they will not be denied coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition.
In Oregon, Governor John Kitzhaber explained in the Oregonian how the Affordable Care Act is reducing costs:
People have access to better coverage, and states like Oregon have the flexibility we need to drive down costs while improving the delivery of health care for those who need it most. In just the past year, nearly 45,000 Oregon seniors covered by Medicare saved $23.5 million on the cost of their prescription drugs, while nationwide 3.6 million seniors saved an average of $600 each on prescriptions.
- Posted byon March 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM EST
On Tuesday, the White House hosted over one hundred officials with the National League of Cities for an afternoon of briefings in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The city leaders talked local business with Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, heard from Brad Cooper, the Executive Director of the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative, discussed public-private partnerships with Greg Nelson, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Don Graves, Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and got an economic briefing from Jason Furman, the Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.
Check out pictures from the afternoon in the National League of Cities Photo Gallery below.
- Posted byon March 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM EST
On a cold Tuesday morning, Mrs. Darlene White-Dottin’s first grade class arrived at school at 4:30 in the morning. However, these students from Orchard Gardens School in Boston, MA weren’t arriving early to hit the books; they were about to begin an once-in-a-lifetime field trip to Washington, D.C. The class was going to recite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech for President Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at the White House.
Showing no signs of exhaustion, the students enthusiastically recited Dr. King’s speech and conveyed the powerful meaning of his teachings by describing to the President what the words meant to them.
- Posted byon February 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM EST
Today, President Obama challenged state governors to make sure all students in their schools today get the education and skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
A majority of states will spend less on elementary and secondary schools in 2012 than they did last year, and more than 40 states cut higher education spending in 2011 — cuts that lead to higher tuition prices in our public colleges and universities.
But when our economy is struggling, the last place to make cuts is in education. Making sure that every student in our country graduates from high school prepared for college and a successful career is central to rebuilding our economy and securing a brighter future. And when students go on to pursue higher education, we should make sure they are able to pay for it.
“Nothing more clearly signals what you value as a state as the decisions you make about where to invest,” President Obama told governors. “Budgets are about choices, so today I’m calling on you to choose to invest more in teachers, invest more in education, and invest more in our children and their future.”
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