| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust -- not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics -- doomed civilizations of the past, from...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco apparel company best known for its denim clothing, said it will remove 800 jobs as part of an effort to cut $175 million to $200 million in costs.
The so-called global productivity initiative will roll out over...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In a recent letter, the CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee expressed the group's opposition to the "Ban the Box" legislation and urged the Baltimore City Council to defer passage ("'Ban the box' law is wrong approach," March 19). The business group...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 2:00 PM
As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. In the coming weeks, your senators will have a chance to stand up for...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:27 AM
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...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:08 AM
You may have thought the headline number from last week's report on the U.S. economy was its weak overall growth in the first quarter of this year (0.1% at an annual rate).
But for health economists, the big news was the huge surge in household...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 4:27 PM
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...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 6:11 PM
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...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:36 PM
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...
| May 5, 2014
| 9:00 AM
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...