Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Consumers Grow Pessimistic About Future

Posted on August 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic in their future this July, however confidence levels remain historically high, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged for the month, the survey of consumers  revealed.  But this means Americans appear the most optimistic about the current economic situation in U.S. than they have in 12 years. July consumer sentiment ended up at 93.4, the group said. Meantime, economists expected the July measure of consumer attitudes to fall slightly more, to 93.1, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.  U.S. consumer sentiment last fell to…

Election Day 101: Test Your Knowledge

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Saldutti

It’s Election Day in America – a time-honored tradition of democracy. But how much do you know about the day itself?  While millions of voters are braving the long lines (and in some states cold weather) to do their civic duty, we’ve gathered some interesting facts and trivia for you to share with others at the polls. What’s the price tag on the 2014 midterm elections? It’s a high-stakes and high-price election and at $4-billion, this is slated to be the most expensive midterm election in history.  That’s ten times more than the U.S. Government has committed to fight the…

Millionaires Support Tax on the Rich

Posted on May 09, 2014 by Saldutti

In the heated debate over inequality, the wealthy are usually portrayed as the cause rather than the solution. But CNBC’s first-ever Millionaire Survey reveals that 51% of American millionaires believe inequality is a “major problem” for the U.S., and of those, nearly two-thirds support higher taxes on the wealthy and a higher minimum wage as ways to narrow the wealth gap.  The CNBC survey polled 514 people with investable assets of $1 million or more (the top 8% of American households). The respondents came from around the country and were split between Democrats, Republicans and Independents. When asked about the…

10 Ways the Government Shutdown Could Affect You

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Saldutti

If the Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on how the U.S. should pay its bills, the federal government will shut down tomorrow, October 1. At a time when the economy’s finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling. Shutdowns don’t come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to plan for one. Shutting down and then reopening the government also costs money. According to the Congressional Research Service, the two previous shutdowns – in late 1995 and early 1996 – cost the country $1.4 billion. But what would a shutdown mean for you? Would your…

Extreme Measures

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Saldutti

New Jersey’s Anti-Small Business Tactics Continue Behold the wonders of the Garden State: … boasts the highest taxes in the U.S. … is among the hardest places to run a business … has the lowest private sector business growth Now, New Jersey is making it even harder to get paid for your work. An absurd bill was recently introduced in the New Jersey General Assembly that would require debt collections by business operating in the state to provide debtors with additional information about their accounts, a full copy of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and would increase fines per…