Finance

State Budgets and Public Unions

February 21, 2011

In Madison, Wisconsin protesters for and against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for some public employees are gathering for a seventh day. State employees have already largely agreed to accede to the...

President Obama's 2012 Budget Proposal

February 15, 2011

President Obama's $3.7 trillion budget proposal slashes many popular programs and aims to substantially reduce the deficit over a decade, but Republicans want far deeper cuts. Analysis of partisan budget battles ahead.

The Government’s Role in the Housing Market

February 10, 2011

White House proposals for reducing the government’s role in the housing market: The future of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and what the changes could mean for home buyers and sellers.

Financial Strains on Cities

January 25, 2011

The city of Camden, New Jersey, is cutting nearly half its police force. A city in California proposes to pay creditors only a fraction of what they're owed: Tax hikes, service cuts and threats of bankruptcy in cash-strapped U-S cities.

State Budgets and Public Employees

January 5, 2011

Fiscal problems in many states are prompting new scrutiny of public employee salaries, pensions and benefits: What shrinking state revenues could mean for the bargaining power of public employees.

Congress and the Lame Duck Session

November 15, 2010

Congress begins its lame-duck session. On the agenda -- the Bush-era tax cuts, the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Medicare reimbursement rates and other key legislative issues.

Trade Wars, Currency Conflicts and the Global Economy

November 10, 2010

Financial leaders in Germany, Brazil and China criticized the Fed’s decision to pump six hundred billion dollars into the U.S. economy. How a pro-growth strategy at home could fuel currency and trade battles abroad.

Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis

October 19, 2010

Attorneys general from all 50 states are investigating mortgage foreclosures. How a proposed moratorium on mortgage foreclosures could affect homeowners, banks and the economy.

Public Pension Plans

Public Pension Plans

October 7, 2010

Federal, state and local budget deficits prompt a hard look at what some say are generous pensions promised to government workers: Pension plan problem and underfunded retirement in both the public and private sectors.

Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana

September 1, 2010

Fourteen states and the District of Colombia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Which patients qualify for prescriptions and how business models are being developed for dispensaries.

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