Economy
Mapping The Cost Of “Sin” Across America
As states continue to grapple with ever-tightening budgets, it is nearly certain that state legislatures will continue to raise sin taxes.
Unaoil Scandal: Leaks Reveal How Multi-nationals From Rolls-Royce to Halliburton Bribe World’s Governments
A massive leak of confidential documents has for the first time exposed the true extent of corruption within the oil industry, implicating dozens of leading companies, bureaucrats and politicians in a sophisticated global web of bribery and graft.
Walmart Has $76 Billion Stashed In “Magical” Tax Havens
A “groundbreaking” report—”The Wal-Mart Web: How the World’s Biggest Corporation Secretly Uses Tax Havens to Dodge Taxes”— reveals an extensive, covert “network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens, which may be used to minimize foreign taxes where it has retail operations and to avoid U.S. tax on those foreign earnings.”
‘Unbalanced Recovery’: Wages Falling, Low-Paid Jobs Rising Across US
'These losses are part of an alarming trend toward greater inequality and a shrinking share of the economic pie going to workers'.
Mayor Duggan: ‘The Change In Detroit Is Real’
Detroit is going through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, and Duggan's address came less than a week after Orr filed his plan to pay creditors while providing money for city services and improvements in the coming years.
Serious Blow Dealt To US Unions In The South
VW workers vote against unionization in Chattanooga, following fierce campaign from outside interests
Dems Hope To Force House Vote On Minimum Wage Hike
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party will push a "discharge petition" when Congress returns from its recess on Feb. 24.
Should Middle Class Americans Really Be So Down?
Data suggests that despite high social spending, average Swedish and French people lag behind the US middle class in economic well being.
Tax-Free Internet Shopping In Jeopardy
Internet shoppers are moving closer to paying sales taxes for their online purchases. But the fight is far from over. The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that would impose state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. An agreement among senators delayed the Senate’s final vote on passage until May 6, when senators return from a weeklong vacation. Opponents hope senators hear from angry constituents over the next week, but they acknowledged they have a steep
Closing Supermarket Leaves Free Food For Hungry — Police Deny Them The Food
On Tuesday, roughly 300 hungry people gathered at the Laney Supermarket in Augusta, Georgia, hoping to take some food the closing supermarket put out for the public to take as police were carrying out an eviction order for the supermarket. Instead of allowing poor citizens to enjoy the food or transporting it to a community pantry, Richmond county police ensured the food were thrown away as it was transported to a nearby landfill. The problem is indicative of a larger crisis of food insecurity