Economy

PODCAST: Turning the Housing Bubble into Movie Magic in “The Big Short”

PODCAST: Turning the Housing Bubble into Movie Magic in “The Big Short”
When the Academy Award for Best Picture is called this Sunday night, the biggest prize may well go to The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book about the collapse of the housing and credit bubble in 2008, the film (also nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing and Adapted Screenplay) has been lauded for deftly explaining the financial crisis in an entertaining two hours.
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Breaking Bad News: Coaching the Bearers in Denver's Affordable Housing Crisis

Breaking Bad News: Coaching the Bearers in Denver's Affordable Housing Crisis
Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news – least of all the good folks who are trying to help Coloradans find much-needed affordable housing. But it’s brutal out there. So brutal, in fact, that now there’s a talking-points guide for service providers tasked with explaining how few options low-income people have in putting roofs over their heads in Metro Denver.
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Hickenlooper SOTS Focuses on Rural CO Issues

Hickenlooper SOTS Focuses on Rural CO Issues
Gov. John Hickenlooper used his annual State of the State speech last Thursday to chide lawmakers for failing to compromise last session on the state’s most pressing issues: the state’s budget, which he believes will have to be cut in 2016-17, changes to a hospital provider fee that could free up $1 billion over five years for transportation and education, and reforms to a state construction defects law that developers say prevents them from building affordable condominiums.
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What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal

What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal
Monday morning it was announced that a “Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached,” presented as much as a foreign policy success as a “trade” deal. The effect the deal will have on actual “trade” is unclear, since the U.S. already has trade agreements with many of the participating countries. Also much of the deal appears to be about things people would not usually consider “trade”, like investor rights and limits on the ability of countries to regulate. Though the deal remains secret, here is some of what is known about the agreement deal.
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How Corporate Tax Dodgers Avoid Paying Their Fair Share—or Any Share At All

How Corporate Tax Dodgers Avoid Paying Their Fair Share—or Any Share At All
Pointing to egregious examples of Fortune 500 corporations "manipulating the tax system to avoid paying even a dime in tax on billions of dollars in U.S. profits," a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice makes a sharp case for corporate tax reform.
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MO Money: Faith-Based Budgeting and Orthogonal Reality

MO Money: Faith-Based Budgeting and Orthogonal Reality
The policies put forth in this document suggest that America's main problem is that the poor have too much and the wealthy, too little. The budget plan "corrects" this perceived imbalance by deeply cutting programs that help low- and middle-income people, and cutting taxes on those with high incomes, capital gains, multinational corporations and "pass through" business income.
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Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation

Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation
Previously undisclosed emails by a mortgage industry lobbyist doubling as a consultant for then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo show the lobbyist played a self-described “critical role” in one of Cuomo’s signature financial crisis investigations.
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How US Trade Policies Kill US Jobs - Analysis

How US Trade Policies Kill US Jobs - Analysis
Trade is great. We all trade. A lot of us trade labor for money that buys other things. A farmer trades corn for money that buys other things, and so on. No one is “against trade.” But is anything called “trade” always good for all involved?
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This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, Minnesota's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, Minnesota's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country
When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, the soon-forgotten Republican candidate for the presidency who called himself Minnesota's first true fiscally-conservative governor in modern history.
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Lord Ridley's Euro Subsidy Slammed as Socialism for the Rich

Lord Ridley's Euro Subsidy Slammed as Socialism for the Rich
Free market zealot Matt Ridley may well dismiss the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a powerful “economic quirk” which has retarded Britain’s rural economy and kept farming “artificially buoyant”. But that has not stopped the landed aristocrat from claiming his share.
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