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The Post reported last week: Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won’t meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
From FiveThirtyEight, a fascinating look at the nation's unemployment system, here. Comparing the health of state unemployment systems now against their positions prior to the 2008 financial collapse, the article argues that these systems have not recovered adequately to meet... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Post explains: The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a key part of President Obama’s ambitious proposal to limit carbon emissions and reduce global warming while the plan is challenged. . . . The court’s decision does not address the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Check out today's outstanding piece in Slate, subtitled "What it’s like making less than $13 an hour to serve $13 beers at one of the biggest games on Earth." It covers not only the author's experience behind the counter, but... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
"We find that the benefits to economic growth are even smaller than those projected with full-employment models, and are negative for Japan and the United States. More important, we find that the TPP will likely lead to losses in employment... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
This shouldn't be news to regular readers, but last Friday's report reflects the risks associated with for-profit colleges. The report highlights high costs and low job placement rates. The Washington Post has the story. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
A recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research points to a depressing feature of our society -- the economic circumstances of a person's birth exert a pretty strong influence on where they'll end up. Or, as the headline... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Financially speaking, that is. Last Friday's episode of NPR's Planet Money goes inside the telemarketing scam based on the premise that workers can work from home and make a great living. The episode includes audio from an actual sales pitch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Despite the uptick in jobs over the last couple of years, one key respect in which the economic recovery is weak has been its failure to raise workers' wages. This week's January jobs report from the Labor Department is more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
... in The Hill, responding to former head of OIRA Cass Sunstein: Delays in new public protections have real consequences. Oil trains around the country continue to explode while new safety measures languish in development. Tainted food outbreaks continue to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We've chronicled the saga of Takata's life-threatening airbags and the resulting government recall. In the latest chapter, Senators Blumenthal and Markey (of Connecticut and Massachusetts, respectively) have written the Obama Administration calling for the recall to be broadened after a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
How carefully should public institutions monitor their investment portfolios? Is a payday lender as bad a cigarette company? These are some of the questions raised by this L.A. Times op-ed about the fact that the University of California's investment portfolio... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Today, at 2pm the Economic Matters Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates will hold a hearing to consider H.B. 131, which would ban non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts. Like the parallel California law enacted in 2014, H.B. 131 has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Detected in a number of returning travelers in the U.S. over the past month, the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is rampant in Brazil, present in a number of Central American countries, and linked to birth defects in babies. The W.H.O. has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Massachusetts attorney general is looking into whether Gilead Sciences violated state consumer protection laws in its drug pricing. One of the drugs in question, Solvadi, costs $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. The median income for a United... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As Iowans prepare to begin the process of selecting the parties' nominees for president, a Vox piece over the weekend theorizes that the attraction many voters feel to "outsider" candidates of both parties this cycle is based on a sense... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at CL&P Blog
It's "Almost Pizza"! Watch it here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Feb. 8 issue of Forbes alerts readers to a strange and troubling new phenomenon: litigation investing. Companies like Mighty provide "investors" (more accurately: gamblers? loan sharks?) the opportunity to make loans to plaintiffs to help them while their lawsuit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Stanford researchers are trying to test whether the use of algorithms on health data could improve the way we screen for certain genetic diseases. The implications are concerning for privacy but exciting for disease prevention. And the current test has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This bipartisan bill to bar the use of "gag clauses" (or "non-disparagement clauses") in consumer contracts passed the Senate last month and awaits action in the House. Read today's Thune/Issa op-ed in the Huffington Post. Read prior coverage on our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
...is the subtitle of a damning report issued last week by the Center for Effective Government. The report (full title: "Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards") finds "compelling evidence that increasing social inequality... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As NPR reports, insurance decisions about which drugs to cover present patients and doctors with an unfair choice: pay exorbitant prices or settle for a medication that may not work right. Dropping drugs leaves patients in a bind and ignores... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The FTC will conduct a week of events to raise awareness about the threat posed by tax identity theft, which (it notes) puts thousands of people at risk every year. Check out the schedule and related educational materials here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Ars Technica asks this question amid concerns that the move may have motivated by contributions from the healthcare company whose poor track record prompted the drafting of standards in the first place: [A] 2014 medical review and a June 2015... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog