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Maine’s Weak Jobs Recovery

There’s a simple reason the story of a rebounding jobs market hasn’t been told: Four years after the end of the recession, Maine’s economy is weak and its unemployment rate is high.
 One Cent's Worth
By ZACK ANCHORS  |  September 11, 2013

Card-carrying Congress

This year is just barely out of the crate, and already it's shaping up to be depressingly like last year.
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  January 25, 2013

28 Cent Book Bin(1)

Discount reads, discounted for a reason.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 18, 2013

New Careers for the New Economy

There are jobs out there, waiting for the desperate.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 28, 2012

Servants of the rich

Jeff Faux's new book, The Servant Economy , doesn't exactly bubble with Hope — that politically abused and worn-out word.
That’s our future — unless we change direction
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 09, 2012


Amid the white noise of the election, sometimes the most pressing — but least headline-grabbing — issues fade into the hubbub. One such issue: the "fiscal cliff," the standoff over which says as much about the poisonous state of politics as it does abou
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  October 27, 2012

Occupying skepticism

I applaud the efforts of the Occupy Movement to organize for change, and feel Lincoln Park is less interesting now that its tent city is gone.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, October 26, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 26, 2012

You, me, + QE3

After two previous rounds of qualitative easing, the floodgates have opened for yet another.
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  October 05, 2012

Paying debts

The other day, I got an email alerting me to an amazing financial opportunity.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 28, 2012

Review: Arbitrage

Enough of all this whining about the millions of regular people ruined by the financial collapse of 2007 — how about a movie sympathizing with one of the unfortunate guys responsible?
The rich guy's point of view
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2012

Rewarding inefficiency

As Obama barnstorms swing-state college campuses, he's making affordability of higher education the centerpiece of efforts to cast himself as wonkish hipster against Mitt Romney's rich, out-of-touch white guy.
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  September 07, 2012


Job consultant

Your resume is strong.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 07, 2012

Rich and richer

Last week, Mitt Romney announced a running mate — finally offering relief to the fidgeting comedians, though disappointing them when it turned out not to be Michele Bachmann — and it was 42-year-old Paul Ryan.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 17, 2012

Tea, tin men, and Tomasi’s tome

Libertarians have been labeled many things, but compassionate isn't one of them.
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  August 17, 2012
Film: The Queen of Versailles

Review: The Queen of Versailles

You couldn’t invent a better metaphor for America’s economic injustice and insanity.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2012

Unemployment Survival Tips(1)

Build your own couch-cushion cubicle today!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 20, 2012


Wall Street reform that will work

It is, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, déjà vu all over again.
Crucify the bastards
By EDITORIAL  |  May 25, 2012

What’s really behind high gas prices

Fingers crossed that we've seen the worst of it — analysts say gas prices won't go any higher than the April 6 peak of $3.94 per gallon — but filling up your tank this summer is still going to cost a big chunk of change.
Priming the Pump
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2012

The price you pay

Debt is a fundamental part of American life. Car payments. Mortgages. Partially unpaid bills from irate Colombian hookers.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2012
R.I. Among Best Places for Women to Work

R.I. Among Best Places for Women to Work

Amid the ever-dreary news about the Rhode Island economy, an intriguing finding from Richard Florida, an urban theorist best known for his book The Rise...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 02, 2011
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Review: Margin Call

The financial crisis of 2008 awaits its Social Network; until then we have Margin Call, which zaps its credibility from the get-go when a downsized risk analyst (Stanley Tucci) openly passes a flash drive to an underling (Zachary Quinto) as he's escorte
Dumbed down
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 21, 2011


Occupy Providence on the march

It's 11:30 am on Day 3 of Occupy Providence and a small group of activists has gathered at the foot of a statue in Burnside Park to plot a march on Bank of America's Kennedy Plaza branch.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2011

Tourist trap

To hear the experts talk, you'd think reducing the state budget by up to $100 million is a task only slightly less difficult than walking into a ritzy ocean-side restaurant without a reservation on a tourist-clogged Saturday night in the summer and expec
State budgeting
By AL DIAMON  |  October 21, 2011

Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
Notes on class warfare
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2011

Three-city news war

The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011

Liquor blues

"For great sale prices, there's no place like Maine."
Maine's booze economy
By AL DIAMON  |  September 16, 2011

Should We Have An Industrial Policy?

Congressman David Cicilline, in a letter to President Obama ahead of his highly anticipated jobs speech next week, calls for an investment in manufacturing:Nationally, the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 02, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011

Beantown counters

More than 50 percent of property in the city of Boston — state buildings, church grounds, college campuses, etc. — is tax exempt. These charts, stats, and graphs illustrate Boston’s property tax addiction: rising costs, a declining real estate market, an
Infographic: Boston's addiction to property taxes
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 19, 2011