City Of Philadelphia: Telephone Town Hall Meetings On Property Taxes

The City of Philadelphia will host two Telephone Town Hall meetings to discuss property taxes.   City officials will answer caller questions about the Actual Value Initiative and property tax relief programs, including the Homestead Exemption. “This year,
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Local Road Repairs and Building Projects Go Undone in Pennsylvania

Hearing highlights local financial problems and the costs to taxpayers Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage laws costs jobs, taxes and economic development according to municipal officials who testified before the House Labor and Industry Committee Thursday in State College.  Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), who presided over the meeting, said reform (more...)

Economic Indicators Show Continued Slow, but Steady U.S. Growth

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Recent economic indicators offer evidence that the U.S. economy continues to grow at a moderate pace following the global recession that began in late 2007. On July 31, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is the broadest (more...)

Environmental Care Creates Economic Growth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Environmental protection is good for the economy and creates jobs, according to decades of national experience. The United States’ new top environmental officer says those facts should end the nation’s decades-long debate on a “false choice” — the assertion that environmental protections inhibit (more...)

Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road

This blog post by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Europe and Eurasia Christopher Smart originally appeared July 23 on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road By: Christopher (more...)

Secretary Lew: Put Job Creation at Heart of Global Recovery

This commentary by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addresses finance ministers and central bank governors. It originally appeared in the Financial Times on July 18. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Put job creation at the heart of the global recovery By Jack Lew The G20 must (more...)

Building an Economy of Steel

Between 1880 and 1920, half a million Slovaks immigrated to the United States, many to Pittsburgh, to work in the steel and coal industries. So it is fitting that when Slovakia’s East Slovak Ironworks went bankrupt in 2000, the U.S. Steel Corporation of Pittsburgh acquired it. (more...)

5 Key Benefits of Frugal Living

The thought of frugal living can strike fear into the hearts of those who want to enjoy live. These are words that can conjure up images of sitting in a cold home with all the heating and lights switched off to save money and nothing to eat (more...)

Competition

Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-born economist, coined the term “creative destruction” in 1942 to describe the turbulent forces of innovation and competition in market economies. The “incessant gales” of markets cull out failing or under performing companies, clearing the way for new companies, new products and new (more...)

Patents, Copyright, Trademarks

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. The innovation and technology-driven information age has pushed the question of intellectual property to the top of the world’s trade agenda. It is an issue with a long pedigree. (more...)

Income Disparity

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. Another challenge facing economic policymakers and legislators was mounting evidence that recent economic growth increasingly has concentrated income and wealth gains among a small minority of the U.S. (more...)

U.S.-EU Trade Talks to Begin Week of July 8

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama and European leaders said negotiations for a new trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) will begin in Washington in early July. The talks are aimed at deepening the economic relationship between the United States and the (more...)

Treasury’s Cohen Says to Tackle Tax Evasion, Know Real Owners

U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said that the Group of Eight leaders and President Obama at the 2013 G8 Summit committed to tackle tax evasion and money laundering by requiring companies to know, and to allow law enforcement (more...)

“Three Speed” Economy Must Take Steps to Prevent Global Weakening

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says her organization foresees glimpses of “somber trends” in the international economic situation and she outlined what emerging economies and advanced economies can do to preserve and strengthen recent gains. Speaking at the Brookings Institution (more...)

PA House Republicans Outline Priorities With Budget Proposal

Pennsylvania House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware County) introduced House Bill 1437, the House Republican budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The proposal spends $28.3 billion, which is a $578 million or 2.1 percent increase over the current fiscal year. “The House budget proposal outlines priorities related to education, health and (more...)

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