A new study finds that people walking in affluent neighborhoods around Boston were less likely to support a tax on the wealthy after seeing a poor person.
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Our personal well-being is more than twice as sensitive to economic decline as it is to economic growth, according to a study published in the May 2018 edition of The Review of Economics and Statistics.
One of journalists’ most important jobs is to scrutinize decisions made by governing bodies such as a state legislature, county council or school board. One facet of local government that journalists should pay particular attention to is how government leaders use and respond to economic impact studies — analyses that attempt to measure the impact a project such as a new tourist attraction or highway would have on economic activity in a given area.
An unhealthy economy might portend bad news for physical and mental health.
The issue: When the global economy slumped during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Americans grappled with effects on their personal finances and employment status. At its peak, unemployment during the Great Recession topped out at 10 percent.
Entering the labor market can be a tough adjustment for high school graduates. The state of the economy plays a big role. Graduate during a recession, and it’s harder to find a job; during a boom, and you may even have a choice of jobs.
So the city you cover is considering raising property taxes and your editor wants a story today. If you’re like many journalists, you didn’t get a lot of training in college on municipal budgets. Where do you begin? We’re here to give you some pointers.
Writing about property taxes, a main revenue source for local government, can be complicated. But we can get started by asking these three questions:
A new study offers insights on how states can assist mobile home residents facing eviction, but notes that even helpful policies can have unintended consequences.