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  • Federal debt still a problem, but so is poverty

    Federal debt still a problem, but so is poverty
    Two reports came out Tuesday that, just by happenstance, help illustrate why nothing gets done in Washington. One was the Congressional Budget Office's updated federal budget projections, which predicted that if Congress leaves current law in place --...
  • How New England States Can Regain Economic Vitality

    New England, we have a problem. It's not just Connecticut suffering from economic troubles. Much of the region is falling into long-term economic stagnation. We are losing jobs, income and population — particularly young adults — to other...
  • California adds jobs, but unemployment rate rises to 8.9%

    California's employers created 29,100 net jobs in August, but the unemployment rate edged up for the second month in a row, climbing to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. The jobless rate...
  • Fed's Dudley: Two key tests show economy too fragile to begin tapering

    WASHINGTON -- A top Federal Reserve policymaker said Monday that the economy still wasn't strong enough in two key areas to begin tapering the central bank's bond-buying stimulus program, particularly with budget and debt-limit fights looming. "In my...
  • A push for more exports from the Baltimore region

    A push for more exports from the Baltimore region
    Glen Burnie food products company Allied International Corp. might have a global-infused name, but it sold nothing outside the country before 2008. Now it exports to 45 countries, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the small firm's revenue. This is...
  • Loss of SNAP benefits costly to Maryland

     Loss of SNAP benefits costly to Maryland
    On Nov. 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) will be reduced, creating ramifications beyond the already incomprehensible fact that more than one in eight central Maryland residents (and one in five...
  • Housing shows life; can the economy be far behind?

    Housing shows life; can the economy be far behind?
    The latest indicator that the U.S. economy is on the upswing can probably be found on the street where you live: It's the "sold" sign planted in the neighbor's yard. Perhaps you hadn't noticed, but the real estate industry is not the moribund mess you...
  • Global economy remains weak, OECD says, cutting growth forecast

    Global economy remains weak, OECD says, cutting growth forecast
    WASHINGTON -- The global economic recovery remains weak and growth this year will be lower than projected six months ago but will pick up in 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday. World economic output is...
  • How to become more hopeful

    How to become more hopeful
    Growing up in southern Louisiana, Shane Lopez didn't see a lot of exciting career options. "It's oil fields, sugar cane and Tabasco plants. That's pretty much what we do," he says. "No one in my family had ever gone to college, much less finished...
  • Sugar subsidies hurt the baking industry

    Sugar subsidies hurt the baking industry
    As one of the owners of H&S Bakery, which employs hundreds of Marylanders, I was disappointed that your May 21 article, "Policy pits candy against sugar," did not mention how the federal sugar subsidy program negatively affects bakeries in our state....
  • Obama and Romney race in 'The Center Holds' by Jonathan Alter

    Among several persistently wrongheaded beliefs about the 2012 election, none beats the claim, heard even in the campaign's closing weeks, that President Obama faced a desperately bad situation and had a high probability of losing. That zombie idea...