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Businesses eyeing payroll tax cut extension

Jan 16, 2012
Businesses want to attach tax credits to the payroll tax extension bill.
Posted In: payroll tax, Taxes

The recovery? Just trucking along...

Jan 13, 2012
We talked to trucker Don Holzschuh last August about he felt about the way things were going economically. Now, a check-in.
Posted In: Economy, trucking

Cordray's plans for the CFPB

Jan 13, 2012
Richard Cordray, chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discusses what powers he'll have and how he plans to use them.
Posted In: CFPB, Personal Finance, debt, mortgage, Richard Cordray

How's about a do-over on all that debt?

Jan 13, 2012
Comedian Tim Bedore likes the concept of debt forgiveness. And he has some ideas about how to make us swallow it.
Posted In: debt forgiveness

The move towards privatization

Jan 13, 2012
As cash-strapped local and state governments look to raise more money, many are moving toward privatizing things that used to be public. Is it a good decision?
Posted In: privatization, state government, local government

Week in review: Consumers are spending again!

Jan 13, 2012
The numbers are in and -- economic downturn or not -- 2011 was the best retail sales year ever! So what's behind that surprising data?
Posted In: consumer spending

PODCAST: A government slim down

Jan 13, 2012
Apple tries to launch its latest iPhone 4S in mainland China to disastrous results. As cash-strapped local and state governments look to raise more money, many are moving toward privatizing things that used to be public -- but is that a good thing? And the University of Connecticut said this week that one of its scientists falsified data in a new study about red wine that claimed the drink slows the aging process.

Obama to propose plan for leaner government

Jan 13, 2012
Later this morning President Obama is expected to outline a new plan to shrink government. He's going to ask Congress to give him the authority to merge some departments and agencies.
Posted In: politics, Washington D.C., Barack Obama, government spending

Obama seeks power from Congress to merge agencies

Jan 13, 2012
This morning, President Obama will announce that he plans to cut back on government spending by merging a number of government agencies. Will Congress agree to fork over the power?
Posted In: politics, Washington D.C., Barack Obama

Making your own version of the Fed's Beige Book

Jan 12, 2012
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is a review of economic trends in the country. The Fed's method of gathering data on the economy is pretty simple, though: Just calling around and asking.
Posted In: Beige Book, Federal Reserve, economic indicators