Weekly News Roundup for September 8, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents in Rapid City, South Dakota, are about to be paying more in property taxes after the city council approved a one percent increase.
A landfill in Michigan has high levels of methane, and officials fear the gas […]

Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase an Ongoing Experiment

When the Seattle City Council voted three years ago to raise the city’s minimum wage, analysts on both sides of the debate weighed in, predicting either a stronger economy or the loss of low-income jobs as employers dealt with the higher wages.

In recent weeks one study has made a […]

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Weekly News Roundup for February 17, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Illinois reached a settlement agreement with BNSF Railway Company over the 2015 train derailment near Galena, Illinois. The railroad company will pay $50,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the more than $10.5 million spent on cleaning up […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 20, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An oil spill off the coast of Turkey is nearly cleaned up, and a commission was set up to investigate why a tanker that was docked began leaking fuel.

It’s been nine years, and now the ecosystem affected […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 6, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The new minimum wage in Seattle took effect at the start of the year with a new rate of $15 an hour.

Australia is using a sovereign wealth fund to lead the way in investing in a tech […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 30, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Noise from oil and gas operations such as hydraulic fracturing may increase the risk of health issues, according to a new study.

Doctors at a new children’s hospital do not believe officials are doing enough to address concerns […]

Minimum Wage Increases Successful at Ballot Box

While the presidential election took most of the spotlight earlier last week, there were other measures in front of voters that had the eye of economists everywhere. In the last few years, the battle to raise the minimum wage has intensified.

Cities like Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, were […]

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Weekly News Roundup for September 16, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Seattle is building a unique electrical substation that will look and function differently than the typical substations found in other cities. It will also run almost entirely on renewable energy.

Nearly 1,200 residents are leaving their homes in […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 2, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Daikin America will pay a $5 million settlement following a lawsuit alleging that the company contaminated the Tennessee River.

The city of West Haven, Connecticut is initiating eminent domain for six properties so the city can move forward […]

New Study Examines Minimum Wage Hike in Seattle

Two years ago, Seattle passed an ordinance gradually raising the city’s minimum wage to $15. During the lead-up to the vote, some economists predicted the increase would be a booster shot to the economy, while others expected that the job market would suffer as businesses coped with the higher […]

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Weekly News Roundup for July 22, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An oil train derailed in Oregon last month, and now a groundwater monitoring station has picked up signs of contamination. A nearby town’s water wells were not contaminated because they are located uphill of the derailment.

Colorado’s minimum […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 8, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Beaches in Haifa, Israel reopened after officials cleaned up an oil spill that occurred Tuesday. A ship that was working on an oil pipeline ruptured an old fuel line, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the water.

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Weekly News Roundup for June 10, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Following another oil train derailment, regulators are looking into increased safety measures for trains transporting oil, especially near populated areas.

An energy plant in Oregon is at the center of a property tax fight that has lasted for […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 3, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Hopeful EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program applicants are seeing their applications delayed while potential EB-5 projects are investigated over allegations of fraud.

Old gas and oil wells may be buried underground, and they can be dangerous to builders, who […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 6, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Minnesota officials are taking steps to avoid a water crisis like Flint’s by understanding lead contamination prevention techniques.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that cities could not place limits on hydraulic fracturing operations because the ordinances cannot […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 29, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Seattle and San Francisco have recently increased the minimum wage in their municipalities, but making sure all businesses cooperate has not been an easy task.

A new lawsuit filed as a result of the lead contamination crisis in […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 22, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents testified in a construction defect lawsuit earlier this week against the country’s largest homebuilder, D. R. Horton.

In New Hampshire, towns are coming together to deal with the lead contamination of their water. The consortium will work […]

Minimum Wage Update Part 2: The Next Steps

In the first part of our series on the debate over raising minimum wage, we looked at how Seattle has adjusted in the year since the minimum wage increase. Economists are still watching Seattle, and they will soon have many other places across the country to observe and study […]

Minimum Wage Update Part 1: A Year Later in Seattle

In the last year, a movement to raise the minimum wage has spread across the country. It started in cities like Seattle, where in 2014, the city council voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage over time. This minimum wage ordinance positioned Seattle as the host of a social […]

How Are Attempts to Increase the Minimum Wage Faring?

We’ve often posted about efforts to raise the minimum wage in the last couple years, from examining typical household budgets for those making the minimum wage to considering the effects of Wal-Mart’s wage increase. It seems the debate about a minimum wage is far from over though, so today […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 29, 2015

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Acclaimed mathematician and economist John Nash died. Nash was particularly well known for his contributions to game theory.

The Brownfield Cleanup Program has been critical in promoting the growth and revitalization of Buffalo, New York, and the new state budget […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 22, 2015

Here are some of the stories we have been following this week.

The pipeline operator behind the recent Santa Barbara oil spill has a history of safety violations.

Five big banks pleaded guilty and will pay $5.4 billion for rigging currencies by manipulating global foreign-exchange markets.

The Supreme Court vacated a ruling […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 8, 2015

Here are a few of the stories we have been following this week.

Trophy properties had a great year last year. More properties valued over $100 million were listed in 2014 than in any previous year. You can learn more about trophy properties by reading our previous posts on the topic.

A Pennsylvania […]

Wal-Mart Raises Wages for 500,000 Employees

Workers for the nation’s largest private employer are getting a pay raise. On February 19, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced the wage increase and other investments in employees, which will affect 500,000 full- and part-time employees at both Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. The move comes after years of criticism […]

The Minimum Wage Is Increasing Across the Country

The new year was welcomed in a variety of ways, but minimum wage workers had a little bit more to celebrate. January 1, 2015, saw 20 states raise their minimum wage higher than the minimum set by the federal government, bringing the total number of states in the country […]

Looking Back at the Minimum Wage Hike

In the months since the Seattle City Council voted to raise the minimum wage, predictions have ranged from the extremely negative to the optimistic. The City Council’s vote in June will incrementally raise the minimum wage over several years until it reaches $15 per hour.

Commentators on both sides of […]

Businesses Developing New Strategies in Wake of Wage Increase

The law is less than a month old as we write this, but employers in Seattle are already seeing the fallout from one of the most talked about and controversial new ordinances this year. When the city council voted on June 2 to raise the minimum wage of workers […]

Seattle Passes $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Historic. Uncharted territory. Trailblazing. Messy. These are just some of the words used by pundits, politicians, and the public earlier this month after the Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation that will eventually create a $15 minimum wage for the city’s workers.

The battle over minimum wage has been building […]

The Minimum Wage

In recent months, there has been a conversation coming out of Washington D.C. about raising the minimum wage, not to mention all the comments from those in agreement and disagreement. While I’m not inclined to take a political position on the issue, I thought it a good opportunity to […]