Gretchen’s Recent Stories
Making Sen$e Oct 18Companies are paying less after the GOP tax cut, and it’s showing in the deficit
Corporations paid $205 billion in taxes during fiscal year 2018, $92 billion less than the year before.
Making Sen$e Oct 17Canada just legalized pot. Who could profit?
Canada is only the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, opening up a multi-billion dollar market to businesses and investors.
Making Sen$e Oct 12The Social Security benefits bump might not translate into a raise for seniors. Here’s why
What will the change mean for your pocketbook? Economics correspondent Paul Solman and columnist Philip Moeller discuss.
Making Sen$e Oct 08William Nordhaus and Paul Romer win economics Nobel for climate change, technological innovation models
The two American economists have not worked together, but both have developed models to study long-term, sustainable economic growth.
Making Sen$e Oct 05The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969. Here’s why
The unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in September, the lowest since the Vietnam War. The economy added 134,00 jobs, fewer than expected because of losses from Hurricane Florence.
Making Sen$e Oct 04How taxing sugary drinks affects a community’s health and economy
Studies show a "sin tax" reduces consumption of sugary drinks but also increases shopping in suburbs that lie outside the taxable area.
Politics Oct 03WATCH: Powell says Fed is focused on ‘controlling the controllable,’ not politics
The Federal Reserve chair's comments came as part of a conversation with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff during The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.
Making Sen$e Oct 01Gita Gopinath appointed chief economist of International Monetary Fund
Gopinath, a professor at Harvard University, will be the first woman to hold the position.
Making Sen$e Sep 28From seaweed to sugarcane, companies race to find the next great plastic replacement
Small businesses are scrambling to meet the demand from consumers who want an alternative to plastic straws.
Making Sen$e Sep 21Credit freezes can help prevent identity theft. Are they worth your time?
Freezing your credit report is now free thanks to a new federal law. The service, which aims to prevent identity theft, previously cost upwards of $30 in some states.