| Aug 18, 2014
| 12:28 PM
Meet fictional 34-year-old identical twin brothers Fred and Ted.
Fred is a marketing manager for an import-export company. Ted is a social worker at a non-profit agency. Both are single and considered to be smart, successful guys. While Fred's annual...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 3:45 PM
The morning after taking a major step toward an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown held no public events, nor did he rally with other Democratic candidates before a bank of cameras.
Instead, Brown went to his office Wednesday morning and worked...
| May 4, 2014
| 8:47 PM
The numbers are in, and they're eye-catching: Gov. Jerry Brown's "soak the rich" tax increase really did drench them.
And it made California's harmful tax volatility that the governor regularly rails about even worse.
Tax volatility — the...
| May 2, 2014
The end of the legislative session has featured an unusual amount of gear-shifting by the state's leading policy-makers. The most notable came last week when reality forced Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to abandon his $55-a-person income tax refund under pressure...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Does spending less money on state government stimulate the economy? That’s a question raised in a Los Angeles Times story Friday about states that have not restored budget cuts made during the belt-tightening of the recession.
The story focuses on...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 4:01 PM
The General Assembly will consider a handful of bills related to the mortgage crisis, but unlike in previous years, many focus on what happens to borrowers after foreclosure.
The bills — most of which would limit the risks of debt that can linger...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:34 AM
The number of jobs in Maryland decreased by 9,800 in January. The statewide unemployment rate remains high at around 6 percent (compared to 3.6 percent at the start of 2008), and projected state tax revenues have recently been adjusted downward by $238...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and ruling Democratic lawmakers united Wednesday around what they say is a stark election-year choice — vote now to make permanent the temporary income tax increase they installed three years ago or face major cuts in state spending...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 6:06 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan played a little role reversal Thursday, proposing to cut in half the state income tax on corporations, a move that could further frame this year’s elections along economic lines as Democrats try to...
| Feb 7, 2014
Two years after Ace Hardware received a 10-year tax incentive package to keep its headquarters in Oak Brook, the company is back asking for a special tax break.
The 4,700-store cooperative is seeking legal authority to collect the $12.7 million it was...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:30 AM
ATLANTA — Ric Reitz makes movies. He helped bankroll the Matt Damon thriller "Contagion," Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" and the Robert Downey comedy "Due Date."
Reitz, an energetic 58-year-old, doesn't hang out at the Polo Lounge, red-...