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As student loan repayments are set to restart, the Education Department looks to ease the transition

Jul 3, 2023
For one thing: the first year after payments restart, borrowers who fall behind won’t be penalized.
Student loan borrowers demand President Biden use "Plan B" to cancel student debt Immediately at a rally outside of the Supreme Court on June 30, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
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Is a growing middle class the real key to economic growth? 

Oct 14, 2022
Ideas are a key ingredient for economic growth. And to generate new ideas, you need … more people.
A reader wants to know if lower-income earners moving up the economic ladder can be an engine for growth.
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A tax refund is a lifeline for a lot of Americans

Mar 4, 2020
Last year, after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect, a lot of people saw their tax refunds shrink or disappear.
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Auto loans are taking longer to pay off

Oct 2, 2019
That could hurt consumers but benefit banks and dealerships.
Ford F-150s are lined up at a dealership in Hudson, Wisconsin.
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"Why can't I make ends meet? Why can't I make this math work?"

Jun 28, 2018
In her new book, Alissa Quart examines the lives of middle-class families struggling to get by.
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Cutting the federal income tax rate is just a start, some economists say

Nov 9, 2017
Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, told CNBC this morning that it would be hard for the current tax bill to reduce federal tax rates further for a family earning median income without going into negative tax rates. But federal income tax is just one kind of tax that everyone pays.  Click the audio […]

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I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

Oct 20, 2017
The decline of chain restaurants coincides with the growth in income disparities.
The second floor dining room at an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Manhattan.
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How African-Americans were 'shut out' of the American dream

Apr 25, 2017
Discriminatory employment and housing practices have made it difficult for black men and women to enter the middle class, according to a new documentary.
Kathy Region (L) and Jimmie Alvin with his dog, pimp, sit next to the shanty town going up next to their apartment complex in the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami, Florida. 
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Indie musician Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz

Mar 17, 2017
He says that the music industry is a reflection of the general economy.
Conor Oberst has a carousel horse in his living room.
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