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ITES: Falling Confidence, Redevelopment Efforts

This is the fourteenth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. Unemployment is down – but so is consumer confidence. As several communities unveil economic development plans, others look to penny taxes and proposals for closing gaping budget deficits. With summer rapidly approaching, it … Continue reading

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ITES: Buses Cut and Gases Captured

This is the thirteenth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. There are extra votes in Philadelphia, additional fishermen in the rivers and streams, and a gas dispute leaving some towns queasy. All those issues, funding disagreements, and Marcellus Shale define Pennsylvania this week. … Continue reading

The (at times) United States of Europe

A concise research paper for ECON 396-003 World Economic Policy. It addresses the development of the European Union, economic policy successes, and ongoing governance and  . identity challenges. Written 4 April 2012 The Europe of 2012 is markedly different and notably more united than the Europe of 1945, and for that reason alone the economic … Continue reading

ITES: Water less than Golf

This is the twelfth entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. The hot air balloon is free, teens are still having babies – but not as many; and divergent plans emerge for historic sites. Those stories and more call the Land of Enchantment home this week, and … Continue reading

ITES: Amazon In, Marijuana Out

This is the eleventh entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. The cherry blossoms bloomed early, Kentucky defeated Kansas, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its state employment report for February. Even as the cold days of that wintry month never arrived in the District, … Continue reading