Oct 13, 2017

10/13/17: Time is running out for Congress

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We wrap up the news week wondering: Will Congress be able to pass any big legislation in 2017? What will happen to low-income people seeking health care once government subsidies disappear? Will President Donald Trump and European leaders decide to impose new sanctions on Iran? Plus, corporate America's reliance on nondisclosure agreements helps serial harassers stay under the radar and aren't necessarily protecting public interest, so why do we still have them? And, on a more personal note, it would make it a lot harder for us to do our jobs if we didn't have accurate economic data. The Census Bureau usually takes care of this every five years, but the upcoming count has already been delayed by six months because of funding cuts. 

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How a mall-turned-public park saved downtown Columbus

Oct 12, 2017
The redevelopment project helped attract $400 million in investment and thousands of new residents.
Columbus Commons hosts more than 200 events a year, including a Harvest Fair on September 30, 2017. 
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Will Congress pass any big legislation in 2017?

Oct 13, 2017
Let's wrap up the week in business and economic news.
 Storm clouds fill the sky over the U.S. Capitol Building.
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What happens when the economic census is late

All of the policy and business decisions that use that census data — and there are a lot — will get pushed back, too.

Do non-disclosure agreements protect sexual abusers?

Oct 13, 2017
Hollywood is struggling to come to terms with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. More women have come forward with more allegations and named other big names. But it’s not just entertainment where payoffs happen to keep people quiet. What role do non-disclosure agreements play in shielding sexual abusers? Stories You Might Like 10/23/2017: Harassers’ perfectly legal […]

Trump won't certify Iran deal

Oct 13, 2017
President Donald Trump announced today he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. The decision had been flagged in advance by administration officials. The next move is up to Congress. It has 60 days to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the 2015 deal. Any decision […]

To win support for corporate tax reform, Trump promises a $4000 “pay raise”

Oct 13, 2017
To sell his tax plan, President Donald Trump is trying to send a message to ordinary Americans: that cutting corporate taxes will benefit them too. During a speech this week in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in front of a crowd of truckers, he claimed that by allowing companies to bring back overseas money at a low tax […]

Trump delivers another blow to Obamacare

Oct 13, 2017
And this one lands directly on the insurance industry, for now. The president cut payments to insurers that go toward subsidies for low-income people who buy policies on the health care exchanges. Those so-called cost-sharing reductions were worth billions to the insurance industry. So what will it do now?  Stories You Might Like 10/23/2017: Harassers’ […]

We wrap up the news week wondering: Will Congress be able to pass any big legislation in 2017? What will happen to low-income people seeking health care once government subsidies disappear? Will President Donald Trump and European leaders decide to impose new sanctions on Iran? Plus, corporate America’s reliance on nondisclosure agreements helps serial harassers stay under the radar and aren’t necessarily protecting public interest, so why do we still have them? And, on a more personal note, it would make it a lot harder for us to do our jobs if we didn’t have accurate economic data. The Census Bureau usually takes care of this every five years, but the upcoming count has already been delayed by six months because of funding cuts. 

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