Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

I heard on the radio earlier today a report (one of the almost weekly reports) on the latest unemployment figures. The thing that struck me the most was the statement that for unemployment rates to go down there needs to be a decrease in new claims. That seems a little like saying to someone “To […]


Economics 101

22Apr09

I will start by freely admitting that I am not now, nor have I ever been an expert in economics. I haven’t even played one on TV. My main experience with economics has been personal finances. And there was that Economics class back in high school, although the only reason I’m sure I took it […]


I cringe at the fact that here on April 15 I am sitting down to write an item about taxes.  How trite.  How cliché.  The Internet is being flooded today with people writing about this subject: “I hate taxes!”, “I love taxes!”, “My taxes are too high!”, “What are you going to do with your […]


Background: I got an email from a friend the other day.  It was that poem about all the different ways the government has found to tax us.  (Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed…)  Then at the end there is this big list of different taxes (44 of them) […]


I got an email from a friend the other day.  It was that poem about all the different ways the government has found to tax us.  (Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed…)  Then at the end there is this big list of different taxes (44 of them) and […]


Heard about the new state income tax proposal by Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL–Bloomington). She suggests eliminating the current credits for day care and subtractions for education expenses and a cap on the mortgage interest credit at $420. The Strib quotes her, “Credits are back-door spending that favor those at the higher level.” Rep. Lenczewski also touts the benefits of a simplified tax system.