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Zero Salary for Congress

The Maximum wage for Congress, the president and other high-ranking elected representatives should be set at the lowest pay received by an American citizen.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  04-11-2011  |  Commentary

Do Government Subsidies for Film Production Create a 'Race to the Bottom'?new

Especially now, when so many traditional jobs have been lost, "everybody wants to be Hollywood east," Cornell University professor Susan Christopherson says. It's "sexy meets desperation." More than 40 states are actively vying for movie production business, upping the ante on subsidies in what she calls a "race to the bottom."
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  11-30-2009  |  Movies

Recession Diaries: Tales of Philly's Young, Educated and Underemployednew

While the less educated are getting hit the hardest, things are quickly deteriorating for the college-educated work force. Experts say that one in five college graduates say they're overqualified for their current jobs.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Daniel Denvir  |  11-30-2009  |  Economy

Cartoon: Tax Summitnew

Obama wants the jobless to wait for his "jobs forum" to work. Why shouldn't he wait too?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-25-2009  |  Cartoons

Cartoon: Jobs of the Futurenew

Obama is pushing education. But there are no jobs.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-25-2009  |  Cartoons

Will a 'Perfect Storm' Kill Connecticut's Fledgling Public Campaign Finance System?new

A ferocious series of political, judicial, fiscal, legislative and economic pressure fronts are coming together in a way that has state and party officials nervous about whether this program will make it through the 2010 state elections.
New Haven Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-24-2009  |  Politics

Boston's Rat Population Explodes Amongst Economic Collapsenew

With more and more foreclosed and abandoned properties making it harder for planners and exterminators to combat pestilence, anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests that Boston's rodent problem is only getting worse.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  11-16-2009  |  Animal Issues

Price Tags: The Elephant in the Room in Health Carenew

Selling stuff to patients is like supplying the Pentagon: Welcome to the wonderful land of the surreal markup. When you're sick or in pain, you do not shop for bargains -- which is the main reason that the free-market model is a catastrophe for health care.
Tucson Weekly  |  Renee Downing  |  11-11-2009  |  Science

University of Vermont Faces a Decline in Body Donationsnew

The declining number of donors may be related to the cost associated with giving one's body to medical science. Although UVM absorbs nearly all the expenses, transportation costs are still incurred by the next of kin. In tough economic times, that expense may be too much for some Vermonters to shoulder.
Seven Days  |  Ken Picard  |  10-30-2009  |  Science

Scaling Up the Local Food Economy Depends on Finding Regular Buyersnew

On a recent flight between Santa Fe and Portland, Ore., my peanut and cracker offerings struck me as particularly pathetic. What if, I wondered, airlines picked up exciting and regionally characteristic snacks each time planes stopped in different locations?
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Zane Fischer  |  10-29-2009  |  Food+Drink

Hey Obama, Where's the Justice in the Current Economic Crisis?new

Despite the president's promises of change, corporate crooks are still going unpunished for their roles in the financial collapse.
SF Weekly  |  James Lieber  |  10-28-2009  |  Economy

Lessons from California's Political and Economic Disasternew

The tax revolts that started here under Gov. Ronald Reagan and continued to sweep the country and the world under President Reagan never abated. But now that California is showing signs of being the country's first failed state, it has become a cautionary tale for that anti-government ideology.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond  |  10-21-2009  |  Politics

Downtown Phoenix is Full of Gleaming Progress Surrounded by Vacant Lots -- Now What?new

With boring old suburban McMansions commanding a half-million dollars, you can see why developers decided that downtown Phoenix would be the next big thing. And then the bottom dropped out.
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  10-20-2009  |  Housing & Development

Bhutanese Refugees Move from Nepalese Camps to Our Slow Job Marketnew

The 15 refugee families settling in Colorado Springs face the unique challenge of surviving a time of economic turmoil while acclimating to a new culture and new language, all with limited assistance.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  10-15-2009  |  Immigration

Who Took Our Jobs? Why Oregon's Unemployment is at the Top of the Charts ... Againnew

Studying unemployment figures in Oregon is like being a homicide detective in Baltimore -- there's no lack of casework. The problem is, how to piece together so much evidence. There's no shortage of theories why our unemployment is always among the nation's highest -- here are a few possibilities.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  10-14-2009  |  Economy

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