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Why Volkswagen Agreed to UAW Local at Its U.S. Plant (USA Today)
G. Chambers Williams III explains the decision to create a local union at the Chattanooga VW plant despite the United Auto Workers’ narrow loss in a February worker vote.
U.S. Deficit Continues to Shrink (MSNBC)
The budget deficit has reached its lowest point since 2008, reports Suzy Khimm, thanks to a recovery that has increased tax revenues and reduced demand on safety net programs.
Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Deadly Crash in New Jersey (NYT)
Emma G. Fitzsimmons reports that Morgan and others injured in an accident involving an overtired Walmart truck driver are blaming the accident on the company’s poor labor practices.
Here’s Definitive Proof That Republicans Don’t Care About the Long-Term Unemployed (TNR)
Danny Vinik asks why budget gimmicks were unacceptable for funding the Senate Democrats’ extension of unemployment insurance but are fine when the House GOP uses them.
New Study: Lobbying Doesn’t Help Company Profits—But It’s Great For Executive Pay (MoJo)
Corporate lobbying expenditures, which measure in billions of dollars, do far more to enhance a CEO’s earnings than to benefit companies as a whole, reports Alex Park.
State and Local Pensions: A Progress Report (Market Watch)
Alicia H. Munnell looks at recent shifts in local and state pensions, including both the good (increased contributions) and the worrisome (plans still hold too much of their portfolios in equities).
New on Next New Deal
All Americans should support the Los Angeles port truck drivers’ strike, writes Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch, because all consumers depend on their hard work.