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  • Jul 04, 2004

    Minimum wage rise results in job cuts

    Raising the minimum wage is back. Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has announced his intention to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7 an hour by 2007. This latest proposal follows an earlier plan by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to boost the minimum wage as part of an amendment to welfare reform reauthorization.

  • Jul 04, 2004

    Over the Counter, Yes, but Out of the Insurance Plan

    A YEAR ago, Carrie Howland's 4-year-old son, Bobby, who has Down syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease, which affects his colon, was taking one prescription heartburn pill a day. But when the medication, Prilosec, became available over the counter in June 2003, Bobby's insurer stopped paying for it.

  • Jul 01, 2004

    Those Were the Days

    The death of Ronald Reagan led many of his liberal opponents to reassess his presidency, with some concluding that it was better than they thought at the time. The publication of Bill Clinton's memoir, meanwhile, has led many conservatives to reassess his presidency -- and most have concluded that it was as awful as they remembered.

  • Jun 30, 2004

    Rate hike fodder for Bush, Kerry camps

    Even before the Federal Reserve followed through on long-held expectations for a rate hike, aides to President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry argued over what the move said about the economy.

  • Jun 24, 2004

    The Shipping News

    In a recent interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan lamented the incentive structure in academia, which tends to reward those who find exceptions to accepted economic principles. By contrast, those who restate them -- however opaquely, in the academic fashion -- find themselves somewhere down the list of desirable tenure candidates.

  • Jun 24, 2004

    A bonus for staying at home Full-time parenting is better than you think, for family and finances

    Question: My husband and I need assistance figuring out the tax benefit, if any, if I stay home with our son.

    Currently, my husband makes $52,000. After 403(b) contributions, health insurance, etc., he brings home $49,000 after taxes...

  • Jun 21, 2004

    Social Security still in trouble

    A new report by Congress' official budget shop, the Congressional Budget Office, sent the Social Security universe into a tizzy. The CBO report says Social Security's long-term debt is slightly smaller than the $10.4 trillion price tag estimated by Social Security's trustees back in March.

  • Jun 07, 2004

    Reagan's Economic Triumph

    Ronald Reagan's economic achievements were among the most important of his presidency. When he took office in January 1981 the American economy was suffering from many ills, including slow growth, high inflation, rising unemployment, and unprecedented interest rates.