Economy

40% of America’s Workers Live Paycheck to Paycheck

America’s workers are existing on the edge of financial disaster: 40 percent say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. Worse, 37 percent say they sometimes need to rely on the next payday to make ends meet. Although the percentage of those literally living for payday has decreased from 42 percent in 2011 and from 46 percent in 2008, the height of the recession, this not good news.
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Ed DeMarco, Economic Saboteur, Needs To Go

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Ed DeMarco has time and again stood in the way of implementing principal reductions as a solution. DeMarco is in charge of regulating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, where most of the nation's home loans are held, and until he concedes, many families will continue to fall into needless foreclosure.
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Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

Most people think of downtown Houston, Texas as ground zero for the oil and gas industry. Houston, after all, serves as home base for corporate headquarters of oil and gas giants, including the likes of BP America, ConocoPhillips, and Shell Oil Company, to name a few.
Comparably speaking, few would think of Wilmington, Delaware in a similar vein. But perhaps they should. Utilization of the "Delaware Loophole" is far from the story of a few bad apples gone astray for the industry. Tax cheating in Delaware goes far above and beyond the Marcellus Shale. All of the oil and gas majors, with operations around the world, take full advantage of all Delaware has to offer.
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Income Inequality in New Jersey

More than 75 percent of the additional income generated in New Jersey went to the top 20 percent of households, with the richest 1 percent receiving the bulk of the increase. The bottom 40 percent lost income and everyone else experienced stagnate income or minimal growth that failed to keep pace with inflationary costs.
According to the report this growing divide has hurt the vulnerable the most, including single mothers, ethnic minorities and those with less education.
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POLL: 88% of Americans Think the U.S. Can Regain 'the Strongest Position in the World Economy'

According to a new poll, Americans believe the government should be doing all it can to rebuild our nation’s manufacturing base, regardless of party affiliation.
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Are 'Job Creation' Giveaways Money Well Spent?

Every year Alabama spends millions on subsidies to businesses. Are they worth it in terms of creating jobs?
Yesterday countrycat noted that Toyota is receiving millions in giveaways and incentives -- ultimately paid for by the rest of us -- to help them expand and, so the story goes, create jobs. Among those incentives is a break on utility rates:
In addition, the city will seek a $150,000 state site development grant and ask Huntsville Utilities to give Toyota an "investment initiative" credit worth $974,000.
Is anybody measuring the effectiveness of these giveaways in terms of creating jobs? How much public and communal money are we spending per job created? Is it worth it or are we getting taken to the cleaners? And when did utilities get involved?
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Google Antitrust Settlement in Europe Would Impact US

In May, the European Commission said it was concerned that Google was favoring its own services in search, copying material from websites of competitors without permission, shutting out advertising competition and placing restrictions on the portability of online search advertising campaigns from its platform, AdWords, to the platforms of competitors. Commissioner Almunia told the company to offer changes or face a formal statement of objections with the risk of fines in the billions of dollars. In Europe antitrust penalties can be imposed before a court proceeding.
Besides the the European antitrust investigation, the Internet giant faces antitrust investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several states. Antitrust officials in Korea, India and Brazil are also looking into Google's business practices. A European deal could well serve as a blueprint for settlements with other authorities.
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AL Senators Sessions and Shelby Vote to Cut Taxes on Millionaires and Raise Taxes for Middle Class, Again

In what appears to be a depressing pattern of behavior, Senators Richard Shelby & Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III once again voted to protect the super rich at the expense of the rest of us.
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OK Budget Cuts Could Lead To State Job Losses

Losing 16,000 jobs will be an economic blow for Oklahoma, but Republicans can't have it both ways. If they want to "right-size" government, to use the words of Gov. Mary Fallin, then that means people will lose jobs and their income will be pulled from the economy.
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REPORT: Only 23% of Companies Planning to Hire New Employees in the Next 6 Months

REPORT: Only 23% of Companies Planning to Hire New Employees in the Next 6 Months
The economic problems that Europe has been experiencing over the last year may have a tremendous effect on American unemployment. When employers can no longer sell their goods (partially because of a lack of buyers in Europe) they are likely to cut workers.
The massive dip from 39 percent in April to 23 percent now could indicate a weakness of polling data. Or, it could indicate that the severity of the European crisis is having a real impact. The new poll shows that 47 percent of companies responding believed their sales had dropped due to the European financial crisis. Only 25 percent believed that to be true when responding in April.
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