By Timothy P. Carney | 12/05/13 11:36 AM
One reason corporate welfare is so hard to kill is the problem of "concentrated benefits and diffuse costs." A subsidy program might irk taxpayers, but how much time and money will taxpayers spend to kill a program that costs them each $20 per year? A lot less than the few lucky beneficiaries...
By Jim Kuhnhenn | 12/05/13 09:40 AM
WASHINGTON — Amid public doubts over his stewardship of the economy, President Barack Obama is putting a renewed focus on the income gap between rich and poor as he pushes for short-term congressional action and begins setting the domestic agenda for the remainder of his presidency. The...
By Ashe Schow | 12/04/13 04:55 PM
It is widely known that using an ethanol-blend gasoline can harm vehicle engines, but did you know that it also hurts boat engines, increases the price of food globally and hurts the environment?
11/29/13 01:16 PM
HIGHLAND, Ind. — Some of Indiana's food banks and pantries are seeing more people lining up for meals or baskets of food in response to a drop in federal food stamp benefits. The 2009 economic stimulus effort included a boost in food stamp dollars, but that extra funding ended this...
By Susan Ferrechio | 11/29/13 07:54 AM
Congressional lawmakers headed home for Thanksgiving dinner with many of them still dwelling on a farm bill that remains unfinished because of a significant partisan divide that threatens the chances of the bill passing before Congress adjourns in December. "Don't hold your breath," Rep. Frank...
11/25/13 11:47 AM
(online.wsj.com) Lawmakers struggling to hash out a budget deal could find their job easier if Congress pulls off a feat nearly as difficult: passing the first new farm bill since 2008.
By Bloomberg News | 11/22/13 10:27 AM
House and Senate negotiators adjourned talks on a new agricultural bill until after a congressional recess, increasing the chances of a lapse in programs that could double the price of milk next year. “I’m disappointed we don’t have an agreement yet,” Senate Agriculture Chairman Debbie...
By Bloomberg News | 11/20/13 11:11 AM
Congressional critics looking to cut the nation’s food stamp bill — which has doubled in the past five years — are pointing to what some say is a loophole in the law: If a state gives a resident as little as $1 a year in heating assistance, it allows that person’s household to...
By Mary Clare Jalonick | 11/19/13 09:03 AM
The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.
11/18/13 09:31 AM
Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Paycheck growth, especially for minimum-wage workers, is stagnant. Yet even lacking a full economic recovery, millions of needy families around the United States and in Massachusetts are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits this month....
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