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  • 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...
  • Fed official says weak data caused by weather, should not slow taper

    Fed official says weak data caused by weather, should not slow taper
    Bad weather is largely responsible for some recent weak economic data and should not lead the Federal Reserve to stop reducing a key stimulus program, a top central bank official said Monday. Instead, with economic growth still forecast to pick up...
  • Climate change's effect here: More severe weather, higher crop yields

    Climate change's effect here: More severe weather, higher crop yields
    Climate change is expected to bring more severe weather, increased crop yields and a longer Great Lakes shipping season to Illinois and the Midwest, the White House said Tuesday in its report on global warming. The report, which called out the region...
  • Levi Strauss eliminating 800 jobs to cut costs

    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...
  • Robert B. Reich: WhatsApp deal shines light on our economic problems

    If you ever wonder what's fueling America's staggering inequality, ponder Facebook's acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp. Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. That's the highest price paid for a startup in history. It's $3...
  • Are unions necessary?

    Short answer: Yes. The question is posed by an exchange launched by Evan Soltas at Bloomberg View, and answered by Michael Wasser of the workers rights organization Jobs for Justice. Soltas has defended himself against Wasser's response, so this could...
  • Public input sought on transportation priorities

    Public input sought on transportation priorities
    Cook County residents and business owners are being asked to weigh in on setting transportation priorities for future projects – from roads to bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways – and to tell officials about existing strengths and...
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio outlines his vision for economic growth

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio outlines his vision for economic growth
    WASHINGTON – With his standing among the conservative base still hobbled by his support for immigration reform, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has settled on a new course, staking his claim as a leader of the Republican Party's wonk wing. The latest...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...