Economy

 
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What’s thwarting the green economy? Your comments

We round up your comments on what’s still needed for green companies in the U.S. to succeed against fierce global competition.

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  It’s not easy being green: Creating a green economy in Michigan

Can green companies in the U.S. succeed against global competition? Need to Know visits one Michigan town that is trying to reinvent itself as a green community.

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  Jennifer Granholm on the challenges for green jobs

Host Maria Hinojosa talks with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm about efforts to rebuild her state’s economy in the midst of the fiscal crisis.

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In Perspective: Marcos Villatoro on the changing American garage sale

A Salvadoran-American writer, teacher and filmmaker who lives in a hardscrabble Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles explains how the American garage sale has changed thanks to harsh economic times.

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From ‘treasonous’ to ‘banana republic,’ Republicans continue to deride the Federal Reserve

Republicans are continuing to attack the Federal Reserve after the central bank announced a new round of monetary stimulus intended to spur growth in the anemic economy.

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A fight worth having

For former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the defining battle of 2012 won’t be over Medicare or Obama’s jobs program — it will be over whether the rich should pay more taxes.

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  Christine Todd Whitman on states dealing with shrinking budgets

Need to Know host Scott Simon talks to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman about the difficult choices states are facing in a tough economic climate.

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Making a case for the gas tax

The coming federal gas tax reauthorization showdown puts millions of workers and billions of dollars on the line. If the federal government can’t create a unified response to this infrastructure crisis, each state must act, writes Samuel I. Schwartz.

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With Obama and Republicans set to spar over jobs, what can we learn from ‘Obamanomics?’

The jobs debate begins in earnest this week, with President Obama set to address Congress and Republicans meeting for a televised debate. But what can we learn from past efforts to spur job growth?