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Expectations of our future Philadelphia workforce

Late last week, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to dissolve itself. After nearly 16 years of existence, the commission, which primarily served to govern over Philadelphia’s public, district-managed and charter schools, will hand these responsibilities over to the city on...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 5:06am

Chamber seeks to grow Pennsylvania

For as long as I can remember, I have had an immense sense of pride for the state that I have always called home. I remember learning about the treacherous winter 1777 in Valley Forge where George Washington was headquartered during the midst of the Revolutionary War, thinking about the Battle of...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:35am

Access to capital for Philadelphia’s middle market

Pilot Freight Services, located in Lima, Pennsylvania, is a full-service global transportation company. Established in 1970, it has grown to over 75 locations worldwide that provide freight shipping services for businesses across the globe. It also happens to be one of over 3,500 middle market...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 5:00am

5 ways experts say President Trump is hurting the economy

President Trump has taken to boasting about how the economy is on a tear since he took office, although that is untrue: The number of jobs added to the U.S. economy in the first six months of 2017 is actually lower than the number of jobs added in the last six months of President Obama's term...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 4:58pm

With growth and prosperity for all

In the 2014 movie "Lucy," Scarlett Johansen’s character gets injected with a drug that enhances her mental capabilities to their full capacity, rendering her able to escape her captors, ignore physical discomforts and travel mentally through time. It is based on the premise...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:39am

Bacon shortage can and probably will happen

Americans don’t do anything half-assed, including eating bacon. If you think we’ve come close to the end of the pork-abilities for this slab of swine, think again. In February, we were reassured that we weren’t eating ourselves into a (it’s scary just to say the words)...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:28pm

Harley-Davidson, an American company Trump spotlighted, announces layoffs and will move jobs overseas

President Trump's reverse Midas touch when it comes to American manufacturing jobs has struck again. Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, has begun laying off workers from its Midwestern plants and will open a facility in Thailand. In February, Trump called out Harley-...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 6:10pm

What you need to know about net neutrality

On Wednesday, an "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality" was held as the web awaits its fate. Net neutrality is the idea that the internet is truly a free marketplace of ideas. Whether it’s good, bad, #fakenews or a cat video gone viral, anyone is free to join the...

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 12:54am

Trump urges Ford not to move production to Mexico – so they're going to China

As part of his initiative to embarrass American companies into keeping jobs in the United States, President Trump criticized automaker Ford for its plans to move production of its popular Ford Focus model to Mexico. So the automaker is moving it to China instead. It will happen after the last...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 6:38pm

Why Massachusetts' higher unemployment rate isn't actually bad news

At the beginning of the year, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate around the lowest it’s been in more than 15 years, with a 3.2 percent rate in January — well below the nation's 4.8 percent at that time. About halfway through 2017, however, the state unemployment rate has risen...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Millennials are killing it

Millennials, you guys are killing it. Literally. From napkins to movies, the media and economists are blaming the downfall of just about every industry on the rise of the millennial generation. At 75 million strong, millennials are the most populous generation in the United States right now and...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:10pm

Jitters push Treasury yields, dollar to seven-month lows

U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar dropped to seven-month lows on Tuesday and world stocks slid as political uncertainty from the United States to the Middle East and weakness in commodity markets pushed investors away from risky assets. The yen and gold also gained amid prevailing caution as an...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:22pm

Dollar wobbles on U.S. political tension, eyes jobs data

The dollar fell broadly on Wednesday, sliding to two-week lows against the yen and a one-week trough versus the euro amid growing political tension in Washington. The greenback in May was on track to post its worst monthly performance against the euro in more than a year, even as the European...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:51pm

Switch it up this year: Buy in May, till November stay

"Sell in May and go away" is perhaps the oldest saw on Wall Street, but it appears there's no shortage of U.S. mutual funds doing exactly that this year. After all, the S&P 500 has delivered a total return, including reinvested dividends, of 10.8 percent over the last six months...

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:35am

Trump vows to end U.S. sales of German cars — which are made in the U.S.

With reviews of his performance ranging from "bizarre" to "trainwreck" to "the least effective since 1949," President Trump will return home from his first foreign trip on Sunday. He made quite a splash at the NATO summit in Belgium, where on Thursday he told the...

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 6:57pm

Massive budget cuts 'compassionate' to taxpayers: White House budget director

Today, the Trump administration unveiled its proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which White House budget director Mick Mulvaney dubbed the "Taxpayer First" budget. He did not specify which taxpayers — but that soon became clear. Trump's budget would cut $880 million from...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:31pm

Trump's proposed budget contains a $2 trillion math error

The number of oopsies committed by the Trump administration has grown in recent weeks, from Trump's possible admissions to obstruction of justice to Trump's Oval Office conversation with Russian officials that may have weakened America and Israel's intelligence position against ISIS....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:59am

Immigrants crucial to Boston's success, MIT report finds

Many immigrants' lives have been filled with tension due to President Donald Trump's words and policies, including his controversial "Muslim ban" executive order which is currently pending in court. So, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided to look at what roles...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:54pm

Wall Street sells off as investors fret about 'Trump trade'

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations that President Donald Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia. This raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:41pm

Philadelphia's tech scene emerges as powerful economic force

When you think of cities that are known for technology, you probably think of the West Coast clichés like Silicon Valley and Seattle. Yet Philadelphia’s tech scene has slowly been surfacing on the national map as an emerging technology hub. The region’s information technology...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:18am