The Guardian view on Rishi Sunak’s jobs plan: playing for high stakes



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As soon as Covid-19 cases began to rise again, forcing fresh public health controls and new restrictions on economic activity for another six months, another package of Treasury measures to protect jobs was inevitable. There is nothing unique about this. Similar packages have been introduced across Europe. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, duly delivered one for Britain on Thursday. It bore little resemblance to the kind of measures he had been hoping to announce in his putative post-pandemic autumn budget. That budget has now been postponed until next year.

Thursday was instead the third Covid emergency budget of Mr Sunak’s dramatic chancellorship. The furlough scheme will close at the end of October. UK unemployment is already rising in anticipation and amid the recession, with Whitbread among the latest to announce big job cuts. So Mr Sunak either had to extend the furlough scheme,

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Nashville District class culminates Leadership Development Program > U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters > Story Article View

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 10, 2020) – Sixteen employees with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District graduated today from the first level of the district’s Leadership Development Program during a ceremony at the Scarritt Bennett Center.

Lt. Col. Sonny B. Avichal, Nashville District commander, praised the graduates for their accomplishment, dedication and commitment to excellence to enrich themselves and the district.

Avichal thanked the group for moving forward with instruction during the period of COVID-19 and said personal growth is extremely important, and is a continual challenge for everyone.

“Different is okay,” said Avichal.  “You might be in a position that you may have to deal with a change like this and what you’re going to do is come back and think about this experience and you’ll move forward. You have proven that you have the potential. But now there is a change in that mental model of what

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GUEST VIEW: Biden won’t win votes by threatening swing state jobs

It sometimes seems as if former Vice President Biden is hell bent on losing this November.

Biden’s clean energy plan calls for banning new oil and gas permits on public lands and waters. While that position might appeal to environmentalists, it won’t win over the swing state voters who rely on America’s oil and natural gas industry for affordable energy and good jobs.

The natural gas and oil industry supports more than 10 million high-paying jobs across the nation. Many of these jobs are located in swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan, all of which Democrats lost in 2016. The industry supports more than 12 percent of jobs in Texas, another key state Democrats want to carry in 2020.

The industry is projected to support an additional 1.9 million American jobs by 2035. Nearly 60 percent of those positions will go to blue-collar workers, a group that supported President

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