The U.K. has a plan to pay businesses that hire young people

Businesses get about $2,000 for every six-month placement they provide for the unemployed.
The goal is to create around 300,000 jobs and help train these entry-level workers. Pictured: U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak at a Jobcentre Plus in London.
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Nike pulls a shoe, so Arizona pulls Nike subsidies

Jul 2, 2019
Government incentives and politics don't always mix.
Nike canceled the sale of a sneaker with a Betsy Ross flag on its heel. That flag’s been co-opted by far-right groups.  Above, a Nike store in 2017 in New York City.
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Pennsylvania weighs nuclear subsidies after Three Mile Island

May 20, 2019
The nuclear power plant will be "retired" at the end of September, but the state wants to support the four remaining plants.
Steam rises out of the nuclear plant on Three Mile Island  in Middletown, Pennsylvania on March 26, 2019.
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Congress closes in on a final farm bill

Dec 12, 2018
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $900 billion bill. To get there, House Republicans backed off demands to increase work requirements for people receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill could come up for a vote this week. 

To fix Obamacare, look back at another health care battle

Sep 6, 2017
Medicare Advantage was once in jeopardy, too. But then Congress stepped in.
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Who scores the GOP's revised health plan and its costs?

Mar 7, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office figures the price of new legislation and tries to predict behavioral changes.
 Tom Price, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, compares a copy of the Affordable Care Act, right, and a copy of the new House Republican health care bill at the White House daily press briefing.
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A broadband subsidy that could help narrow the "digital divide"

Apr 4, 2016
The FCC's $9.25 subsidy will open up broadband access to more low-income households.
A $9.25 broadband subsidy could help with issues related to digital inequality. 
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