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  • Time to raise stagnant wages for lowest-paid workers [Commentary]

    Time to raise stagnant wages for lowest-paid workers [Commentary]
    On Jan. 1 of this year, over 2.5 million low-paid workers throughout the country got a raise. Unfortunately, none of these workers lives in Maryland. Thanks to minimum wage increases that took effect on New Year's Day in 13 states, including Arizona,...
  • Federal Reserve official sees continued slow recovery

    Federal Reserve official sees continued slow recovery
    The economy is likely to continue dragging in a slow recovery this year, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond told a Maryland bankers group Friday. The economy will grow an estimated 2 percent to 2.25 percent, about the same as since the...
  • U.S. trade deficit sinks to 4-year low as American exports rise

    U.S. trade deficit sinks to 4-year low as American exports rise
    WASHINGTON — Rising American exports and surging energy production at home are narrowing the nation's typically large trade deficit, lifting the growth prospects for the economy and the job market. For the second straight month, American exports...
  • Economists' forecasts for Maryland vary — from better growth to worse

    Economists' forecasts for Maryland vary — from better growth to worse
    Maryland employers could pick up the pace of job creation to 40,000 positions this year, according to some forecasts, but one local economist expects a slowdown instead. Moody's Analytics and Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute...
  • Harford delegate decries Affordable Care Act in Maryland [Letter to the editor]

     Editor: Anyone who thought Obamacare was a problem better be prepared for the new regulations regarding hospital services in Maryland. The state just negotiated an agreement with the federal government that will have an historic impact on health care...
  • Inequality is the new norm in America [Commentary]

    Inequality is the new norm in America [Commentary]
    Inequality is replacing the American dream, because the U.S. economy — thanks to Washington's mismanagement — is underperforming. America still produces one fifth of the world's goods and services, but it accounts for a much smaller share of...
  • Big, old trees keep growing and capturing carbon, study finds

    Big, old trees keep growing and capturing carbon, study finds
    Scientists who gathered decades of measurements from hundreds of thousands of trees all over the world are punching a hole in the common assumption that large, old trees are biologically pretty much over the hill. To the contrary, researchers found that...
  • U.S. manufacturers poised to ramp up spending

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. industrial production last year grew faster than the overall economy, speeding up especially in the fourth quarter. Yet factories added only about 60,000 jobs over the year, just one-third the rate of growth for all employers. Part of...
  • How to make lethargic L.A. grow

    How to make lethargic L.A. grow
    The recent report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission paints a bleak picture for Los Angeles, with a laundry list of ills facing the city. Our concern is that the commission will recommend options, to come within 90 days, that mimic those of the past:...
  • The minimum wage as a political football

    This week the Senate is expected to take up President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage, and it has precisely zero chance of becoming law. That's unfortunate, not only because raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do but because there is...
  • Commentary: Prop. 13 reform would make state even less competitive

    April 30 is California's Tax Freedom Day, the day when taxpayers can stop working for the government and start working for themselves. This year Californians have worked nine more days than the national average, and six more days than we did last year...