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Entrepreneur channels San Bernardino's history

Oct 18, 2012
In the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, Calif., one entrepreneur isn't waiting for help from City Hall to achieve what he calls his destiny -- to launch a global fast food chain from the city.
Posted In: San Bernardino

The challenge of governing a bankrupt city

Oct 11, 2012
Since San Bernardino declared bankruptcy this summer, tensions have been rising and elected officials have been struggling to agree on a big idea to fix the city's problems.
Posted In: San Bernardino, municipality

Crime vexes bankrupt San Bernardino

Oct 4, 2012
San Bernardino is struggling to find its way out of the recession and out of bankruptcy. Crime is one of the biggest problems the city is facing, and there are many competing solutions.
Posted In: San Bernardino, california, Inland Empire, bankruptcy

San Bernardino struggles after bankruptcy

Sep 27, 2012
Long struggling, San Bernardino couldn't weather the storm of the 2008 recession. The city of more than 200,000 has declared bankruptcy, and that's just one of the big problems it's facing.
Posted In: San Bernardino, municipality

California's budget deficit has risen to $16 billion

May 14, 2012
That's grown from $9.2 billion. The $16 billion is in projected spending, and that would be more than the money that could come in. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to talk about the details later today.
Posted In: california, budget deficit

Tax surpluses for many states

Feb 27, 2012
Amid gloomy reports of government budget deficits, there was some good news at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington. State tax revenue has been rising at the fastest pace since 2006. Many states are even reporting surpluses.
Posted In: state budgets

Detroit girds for possible state takeover

Dec 26, 2011
With Detroit $12 billion in debt, Michigan is about to start a financial review that could result in a state-appointed emergency manager for the city.
Posted In: Detroit

Boston tries asking nicely for more taxes

Apr 25, 2011
The city is asking tax-exempt institutions like universities and hospitals to voluntarily pay more property taxes. Please.
Posted In: Taxes

Michigan rethinks its tax code

Apr 22, 2011
As Michigan's governor attempts to close a budget gap of more than $1 billion, a tax credit for the working poor may disappear, and small businesses might get a break on taxes.
Posted In: Taxes

States eye levies on services to close shortfalls

Apr 11, 2011
But in Georgia, lobbying leads to exemptions for most services targeted for a tax.

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Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

As part of our Innovators project, we’ll track down the minds and muses behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

We’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.

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