Posts Tagged ‘Economics’

Alaska Funds PERS Retirement for Alaska Municipal League Employees

This is a reprint of an article which we posted on May 17, 2010.  Today, it is even more relevant because the CEO of the Alaska Municipal League, Kathy Wasserman, is arguing against recently filed legislation shifting more of the PERS costs to local governments. These are the same government interests...
March 29th, 2016 | Accountability | Read More

Education Vouchers Raise Property Values in Texas District

(National Center for Policy Analysis) The sudden increase in property values and demand for housing in Edgewood indicates the desire of parents to move into the district’s boundaries in order to qualify their child for the voucher program. While the exact number is unknown, many voucher users attended...
July 18th, 2010 | Education | Read More

Banks Repossess Property at Record Pace

(Reuters) Banks took control of 269,962 properties in the second quarter, up 5 percent from the prior quarter and a 38 percent spike from the second quarter of last year. Repossessions are expected to top 1 million this year. (Read more…)
July 17th, 2010 | Economics, Recent News | Read More

Welfare: Road to Ruin

(The Heritage Foundation) The federal government runs over 70 different means-tested anti-poverty programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income persons. These means-tested programs—including food stamps, public housing, low-income energy assistance,...
June 29th, 2010 | Economics, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Stimulate Economic Education

By Dave Cuddy Every generation in America…until this one…has endeavored to deliver a better quality of life, and an improved nation to our children. For the first time in our country’s history, we have failed in this challenge. The economic meltdown is unlike anything in most of our memories....
May 29th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska Watchdog: Rising salaries contribute to growth of PERS/TRS unfunded liability

By Kirsten Adams A recently released evaluation of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) revealed more than $16 billion in unfunded liabilities, a number that has more than doubled since 2001. The evaluation, conducted by Buck Consultants and presented to the Alaska Retirement Management Board...
May 17th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care | Read More

Alaska Watchdog: Economy and rising health care costs raises unfunded liability of state pension

By Kirsten Adams After an independent review of Alaska’s public retirement systems revealed more than $24 billion in liabilities, state officials said the steady annual increases in debt were caused by a combination of unhealthy markets and rising health care costs. Jack Kreinheder, Senior Analyst...
May 17th, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Editorial: The downward spiral of the state of Illinois

(Chicago Tribune) Illinois needs leaders who see that, across this nation, concerns about the public sector’s size, cost and reach is the domestic issue that most rivets Americans. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics, Policy | Read More

British Columbia lumber exports to China grew 70% in 2009

(Lesprom) Lumber exports to China hit 1.63 million board feet in 2009, more than twice the volume shipped in 2008. Those exports generated $327 million in revenues, a 70% increase over 2008. The U.S. market is still this province’s primary customer. Americans bought 7.48 billion board feet of lumber...
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics, Resource Development | Read More

Opinion: Work sharing could work for us

(Los Angeles Times) Currently, firms mostly respond to weak demand by laying off workers. Under a work-sharing program, firms are encouraged by government policy to spread a small amount of the pain across many workers. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics, Policy | Read More

Canada ranks high in low business costs

(The Globe and Mail) Canada’s relatively low corporate taxes make the country one of the best places to do business. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics | Read More

Hong Kong remains the world’s freest economy

(AFP) Hong Kong remains the world’s freest place to do business while the United States has lost its claim to an unrestricted economy, according to an annual report recently published. Read the report <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics | Read More

Does the faith-community not care for economics?

(Townhall) Austin Hill talks about the moral questions naturally raised in economic questions and why Americans who claim to be concerned only with “moral issues” should also be concerned with ideas like “spreading the wealth around.” Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics | Read More

Vanpools in the Puget Sound region

(Washington Policy Center) As traffic congestion and the financial and environmental costs of commuting continue to rise, a once overlooked transit alternative has quietly become an effective option for many motorists: vanpooling. Instead of spending more public funds on public bus services, light rail...
April 22nd, 2010 | Economics, Recent News | Read More

Are non-profits in healthcare more efficient?

(Goldwater Institute) With the possible exception of education, perhaps nowhere is the notion of profit more widely condemned than in health care. Economic principles and econometric studies indicate that for profit health care providers are just as effective, if not more effective, at providing health...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Stimulate Economic Education

Dave Cuddy Every generation in America…until this one…has endeavored to deliver a better quality of life, and an improved nation to our children. For the first time in our country’s history, we have failed in this challenge. The economic meltdown is unlike anything in most of our memories....
April 22nd, 2010 | Economics | Read More
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