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  • Consumer confidence rebounds to near post-Great Recession high

    Consumer confidence rebounds to near post-Great Recession high
    WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence rebounded sharply this month to near a post-Great Recession high since 2007 as Americans were more positive about their financial situation and outlook for the economy, according to a leading private barometer released...
  • California Democrats seek to lower CEO pay with tax cudgel

    This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Some California lawmakers worry that California is losing too many businesses to other states. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) evidently worry that we're not...
  • 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...
  • Economic growth slows to a crawl in first quarter

    Economic growth slows to a crawl in first quarter
    The American economy barely grew in the first quarter as the harsh winter weather appears to have knocked business investment and other activity even harder than previously thought. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy expanded at a...
  • First-quarter GDP barely rises, but Fed says growth gaining momentum

    First-quarter GDP barely rises, but Fed says growth gaining momentum
    WASHINGTON — The nearly 5-year-old recovery stalled in the first quarter, but the Federal Reserve said consumer spending and economic growth are picking up momentum following a harsh winter. In an upbeat assessment, the Fed said Wednesday that...
  • A dollar of prevention is worth $7 of cure [Commentary]

    A dollar of prevention is worth $7 of cure [Commentary]
    Recently we've seen a number of proposed federal budgets, all of which have partisan approaches. The following proposal is bipartisan, stressing two major themes echoed by our major political parties: serving human needs and saving federal dollars. A...
  • China's planned urban growth bodes ill for environment

    Premier Li Keqiang wants to wean the Chinese economy off its dependence on export trade in cheap electronics, clothes, toys and tchotchkes of all variety. Let the Chinese people consume instead, he says, and let them consume products and services of...
  • Tax Reform Key To Sparking Slow Economy

    The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform's Senate...
  • Increase your productivity with an electric multitool

    DEAR TIM: I'm anxious to get started on several projects now that spring is here. I have my eye on one of the electric oscillating multitools. I wonder if you've used one and can comment on what to consider when selecting one. My biggest fear is I...
  • Higher Minimum Wage Benefits Workers, Businesses

    Perception often lags behind reality, particularly when it comes to the minimum wage in Connecticut and the country. Because of the unfortunate — but not unusual — time lag in recognizing facts on the ground, much of the resistance to the...