March 6, 1991 |
Boxers are known for absorbing blows, but the sluggish economy is forcing them to take the punches to their pocketbooks - an area that may be even more vulnerable than their chins or bellies. The hard times have become apparent with the Carl "The Truth" Williams- Tim Witherspoon card on Friday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Williams, who will defend his United States Boxing Association heavyweight title, will make $175,000, while former world champ Witherspoon will earn $165,000 - purses that would have been bigger, according to promoter Bob Arum, if the economy were healthier.
July 14, 1991 |
Six years ago, David A. Stockman, the brash Reagan administration budget director, left Washington, vilified by the city's establishment for warning that the President and Congress would drive the country to financial ruin by failing to cut the federal budget deficit. Today, the former supply-side Wunderkind, who has barely been heard from since arriving on Wall Street in 1986, sounds more like Pollyanna than Cassandra. He thinks the budget and the U.S. economy are back on a healthy track.
December 10, 2007 |
Metro Philadelphia's mix of corporate employers makes for a mellow regional economy, slow-growing but also recession-resistant. An Inquirer survey of more than 200 major employers shows the region's biggest job engines are the hospital system affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, and the combination of the University of Pennsylvania and its hospital network. Other big employers include drugmakers and medical-device manufacturers such as Merck & Co. Inc. , GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C.
October 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Superstorm Sandy will end up costing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. In the long run, the devastation the storm inflicted on New York City and other parts of the Northeast will barely nick the U.S. economy. That's the view of economists who say a slightly slower economy in coming weeks will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time.
December 11, 2008 |
Stephen Mullin was Philadelphia's finance director and then commerce director under Mayor Edward G. Rendell. Mullin's company provides economic consulting for titans of business and public policy. Some notable clients include Liberty Property Trust, PennDot, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia International Airport, the Brookings Institution, and the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mullin also teaches urban economics and public finance at several local colleges.
September 5, 2007
By Matt Joyce As I slid slowly into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's glistening, space-age MRI machine recently, preparing for a 40-minute, $1,500 procedure that would yield more than 100 images of my injured wrist, thoughts of American entrepreneurship, preventive care, and the glaring ironies of our health-care system circled through my head. Three years ago, my former college roommate, Tim Ifill, and I started a nonprofit organization called Philly Fellows. Both of us chose to forgo traditional jobs with stable salaries and benefits to build a program that we were passionate about, and that we felt would make a tangible impact on the city of Philadelphia.
July 18, 1986
The editorial of July 10, "Time for action to boost growth of U.S. economy," correctly lists the economy's troubles, but does not say why it is in trouble. In 1945, the United States was the most outstanding industrial nation in the world. Japan, on the other hand, was prostrate, with Gen. Douglas MacArthur reordering Japanese life after that country's military defeat. In the post-war period, Japan de-emphasized militarism, but the United States concentrated on that activity.
November 8, 2012 |
Upper-income Americans may face a tax increase. Auto fuel-economy standards might be raised. Stocks of construction and engineering companies could benefit. America's decision to reelect President Obama may affect all that and other elements of the U.S. economy and financial system - from the health-care law to the overhaul of financial rules. At the same time, a gridlocked Congress will limit Obama's influence. Tuesday's election kept Republicans in control of the House. Democrats still control the Senate, but without a commanding majority.
January 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy is a study in contrasts. The housing, banking and auto industries are surging back to health, and that has helped push the stock market to a five-year peak. Higher prices for homes and stocks tend to make people feel wealthier and spend more. Yet, unemployment remains high and hiring modest. The end of a Social Security tax cut is shrinking already flat pay. Federal budget fights have put businesses and consumers on edge. Balanced between those tailwinds and headwinds, the economy is struggling to accelerate.
May 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Obama's weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And the gloomier outlook extends across party lines, including a steep decline in the share of Democrats who call the economy "good," down from 48 percent in February to just 31 percent now. Almost two-thirds of Americans - 65 percent - disapprove of Obama's handling of gas prices, up from 58 percent in February.