ONGOING DEBATE: “Republicans say they might block consideration of minimum wage and pay equity bills after Senate Democrats moved to block GOP amendments to the unemployment extension bill expected to pass later this week,” writes Humberto Sanchez. Our leaders in government should stop fighting and create a national strategic agenda based on shared goals — that's the only way to solve our nation's problems: Humberto Sanchez for Roll Call: Unemployment Extension Set to Pass, But GOP Digging in on Minimum Wage, Pay Equity
JOB GROWTH: “We need new policies—not just monetary, but fiscal, tax and labor-market policies as well—that focus relentlessly on aligning growth with job creation and compensation with productivity,” writes No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston. Lawmakers should create shared goals to help grow our nation's economy: Bill Galston for The Wall Street Journal: Soaring Profits but Too Few Jobs
MANUFACTURING EXPANSION: “The U.S. manufacturing expansion accelerated in March, driven by gains in production and orders, in the latest sign that the economy is shaking off its winter doldrums and building momentum into the second quarter,” writes Michelle Jamrisko: Michelle Jamrisko for Bloomberg: Rising Manufacturing Orders Signal Further Growth
AID TO UKRAINE: “A bill to provide assistance to Ukraine and impose sanctions in response to Russia's incursion into Crimea now heads to President Obama after an overwhelming House vote Tuesday ended weeks of congressional wrangling,” writes Michael A. Memoli. The vote passed with a 378 to 34 vote: Michael A. Memoli for the Los Angeles Times: House sends Ukraine aid, sanctions bill to Obama for signature
NO LABELS RADIO: Gov. Rick Perry discussed economic development with Gov. Jon Huntsman on last week's No Labels Radio show. Listen to the segment here.
STAT OF THE DAY: “Gallup‘s Job Creation Index, based on employee reports of hiring and layoff activity at their workplaces, reached a six-year high of +23 in March, nearly tying the +24 recorded in March 2008,” writes Justin McCarthy: Justin McCarthy for Gallup: U.S. Job Creation Index Reaches Six-Year High in March