Nov 23, 2017

11/23/2017: We might be heading toward a government shutdown

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(Markets Edition) With all this talk about overhauling America's tax system, there's something that may have fallen by the wayside. Namely, the country's budget. Lawmakers have until Dec. 9 to finalize government spending for next year. Stan Collender, executive vice president of…

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Agricultural workers in Sicily say the job is strenuous, the days are long and the wages are declining

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Italy made $44 billion off of agricultural exports in 2016. Yet academics studying labor exploitation said worker wages are decreasing.
Rows of greenhouses can be seen from the roads leading to Vittoria, Sicily. Academics who study labor exploitation there say the daily wages have gone from 40 Euros in the past to as low as 15 Euros today. 
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(Markets Edition) With all this talk about overhauling America’s tax system, there’s something that may have fallen by the wayside. Namely, the country’s budget. Lawmakers have until Dec. 9 to finalize government spending for next year. Stan Collender, executive vice president of Qorvis MSL Group, joined us to explain why it’s been put on the back burner and the likelihood that we’re headed toward a government shutdown. Next, we’ll look at how a shipping law known as the Jones Act is making offshore wind power more expensive, and then we’ll discuss the dark side of Italy’s agricultural industry, which is seeing a decline in workers’ wages.

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