Story Repair

Story Repair | By Mike Alberti | Economy
A new Chamber of Commerce report gives states good grades for not having employment regulations that go beyond minimum federal standards. It turns out that the Chamber's “good” for business ratings routinely went to states that fared poorly on measures of social well-being, and that its “poor” for business ratings routinely went to states that fared well on measures of social well-being. More
Story Repair | By Diana Jean Schemo | Gender equity, Reproductive health services
Significantly more women are turning to medications instead of surgery for abortions, ending unwanted pregnancies earlier and with less risk of complications to the woman, according to a new study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Harassment and intimidation of abortion clinic employees and patients were rampant, particularly at these busiest clinics, the study found. According to the organization, the ratio of pregnancies ending in abortions was unchanged. More
Story Repair | By Mike Alberti | Deregulation, Economy, NYC, Taxes
Based on a close examination of the Mayor’s Dec. 8 speech, Dec. 12 appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, his past record, and feedback from across the ideological spectrum, it is clear that his self-described “common sense proposals” on economic policy largely reflect a traditional Republican stance in the echoing of a pro-corporate agenda. More
Story Repair | By Greg Marx | Discrimination, Gender equity, Legislation
When members of Congress returned recently for the lame-duck session, the Senate finally took up a piece of anti-discrimination legislation that cleared the House of Representatives nearly two years ago. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have narrowed the defenses employers can use to justify paying men more than women, imposed greater penalties, and protected employers who share or ask about salary information; advocates said it could have helped close the wage gap between men and women. But opponents argued the law would have led to frivolous litigation and represented overreach by the government. In the end, 58 senators supported the law, but it was defeated by the GOP's refusal to permit a final vote on the merits. More
Story Repair | By Greg Marx | Politics, Social Security, Taxes
When Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairs of a deficit-reduction commission appointed by President Obama, released a proposal to balance the budget last week, much of the attention focused on their recommendations for specific programs. But the contours of the plan were shaped by an underlying decision: the choice to set long-run federal expenditures and revenues at 21 percent of the economy, in effect constraining the size of the government. More
Story Repair | By Timothy Martinez | Denver Post, Health care
Proposed Amendment 63 would change Colorado's state constitution to bar the state from adopting or enforcing either state or federal mandates that require individuals to participate in health insurance plans. The language of the amendment is broad, and could affect state-level implementation of both current and future health-related legislation. More
Story Repair | By Diana Jean Schemo | Banking, Economy, Housing, Wall Street Journal
With greater scrutiny of bank conduct slowing the foreclosure process, economists and real estate agents divided sharply over the impact of those delays on the housing recovery. They also were split over the economic consequences for the real estate market if banks were to make greater use of loan modification programs, as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and some economists have proposed. More
Story Repair | By Greg Marx | Taxes
In this feature, we select a story that appeared in a major news outlet and take it in for repairs. The source material this week was a Politico story that reported that nearly a fifth of House Democrats were urging the Speaker to extend reduced capital gains and dividend tax rates for the wealthy beyond the scheduled year-end expiration of those rates. More