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Williams: No. 1 priority is help get Obama jobs bill passed

Published: Fri, September 16, 2011 @ 9:40 p.m.

BOARDMAN — Jay Williams, who resigned last month as Youngstown mayor to take a job in the Barack Obama administration, said his No. 1 priority is helping get the president’s proposed $447 billion jobs bill passed.

Williams is the director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

When fully implemented, the jobs bill will help the economies of urban industrial cities, such as Youngstown, Cleveland and Detroit, Williams said.

“There isn’t any city [like those] that wouldn’t have significant benefits from infrastructure investments and the immediate benefit of more jobs as well as tax cuts for small businesses,” Williams said of the Obama proposal.

The bill would increase federal spending on public-works projects, give a tax break to small businesses who hire the unemployed, extend and expand the Social Security payroll cut, and extend unemployment benefits.

Republican leadership and some congressional Democrats aren’t sold on the bill, saying it’s too costly and more details are needed.

“The fact that the president is crisscrossing the country explaining the bill, how it gets funded and trying to make sure it doesn’t get bogged down shows how important it is,” Williams said.

Williams was at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman tonight at a dinner in his honor, sponsored by the Youngstown Warren Black Caucus, a regional political organization.

It was his first public appearance in the Mahoning Valley since he started working in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 8.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


1MFC997(261 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Yep I think ol' Jay might be the last piece of the puzzle that puts Barry's jobs bill right over the top ... the Administration brought him in just in the nick of time ... hmmmm ... maybe it should be "V.P." Jay Williams ... lol ...

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2georgejeanie(1428 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

More government BS. Let us get government out of the business of supposedly helping us. Let the private sector take over the job creation and put the government to sleep until 2014. I see how good the government did with 539 million dollars going to Sylondra out in California. that just worked out great for acouple of the messiahs supporters and left the taxpayer holding the back for 539 million dollars.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I hope number 2 priority is how to pay for it

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Does this mean Congress must pass it now so we can see what's in it?

Haven't we seen this before?

Why is it every bill put before Congress is designed to fail?

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5captdinger(110 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

What happened to Jay-bird's Auto Czar job?

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6Boar7734(66 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Ironic the mayor was honored in Boardman and not in a facility in Youngstown (Covelli, Stambaugh, Youngstown Club, DeYor etc) Apparantly not safe anywhere in Youngstown who is no longer relevant. Wonder if St Dom's priest gave the benediction.

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

So Obama's little puppet returned to the Y.

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8computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Let's see...

taxes are lower than when Reagan was President. Obama has kept the Bush jr. tax cuts alive, and yet we still get to hear this BS about private sector jobs.

Uhhh... correct me if I am wrong, but can't jobs be created by the private sector at any time? Or is there something going on now, like maybe all of the major companies leaking everything to China and even cheaper countries that is keeping our own job creation low?

Oh, and to anyone who want to argue with me, please instead of quoting Limbaugh and his ilk, just say "ditto ditto ditto", which is about as much of an original idea as you folks seem to be able to muster.

What I find truly hilarious is, these are the types of jobs that would help folks that by and large are in your financial strata. Nothing I enjoy more than listening to some yutz rant about how unions stink, and Democrats stink, and Obama stinks, then find out the guy is a retired union boy. Of course, now that they have theirs, why let anyone else have theirs?

By the way, I am obviously not union. You would have to look hard and long to find a computer job that was union. And I love money as much as (or more) than the next person. It is just that, I do not believe that wholesale privatization and rollbacks of regulations (like, oh lets say, banking regulations that Bush rolled back) will do anything but cause the greediest elements among us (like Enron, Mortgagae companies, et.al) to REALLY put the screws to us.

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