economy http://kplu.org en Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' http://kplu.org/post/economist-we-owe-51-percent-boeing-machinists-big-thank-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional economist Dick Conway says even though we have lots of big, vibrant companies in the Puget Sound area these days, our economy still rises and falls with the fortunes of one, a certain aerospace giant.</span></p><p>And that's why he says it's so critical that Boeing's&nbsp;777x jet will be built in Washington state after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted narrowly to accept a contract extension. They agreed to cuts in hard-fought retirement and health benefits to preserve those jobs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:31:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 12674 at http://kplu.org Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' Forecast for Pierce County's Economy in 2014: Partly Sunny http://kplu.org/post/forecast-pierce-countys-economy-2014-partly-sunny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s taking longer for Pierce County to bounce back from the recession than counties to the north, such as King and Snohomish. But economists at Pacific Lutheran University expect the economy in Tacoma and the region to show some improvement this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>PLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> economists Martin </span>Wurm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neal Johnson have been crunching the numbers on everything from Pierce County’s housing market to retail sales to come up with an economic forecast.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:02:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 12451 at http://kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year http://kplu.org/post/pierce-county-economy-grow-faster-year <p></p><p>A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7534 at http://kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year Economist makes the case for lower taxes for the rich http://kplu.org/post/economist-makes-case-lower-taxes-rich <p>Taxes have loomed large this election season. Can we jumpstart the economy by changing the tax system? Should the rich pay more or less?</p><p>These are hotly debated issues and for perspective, we turned to two experts on opposite ends of the political spectrum. <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/take-rich-give-poor-and-middle-class-robert-reich-says-so">In an earlier interview</a>, Robert Reich, who was President Clinton’s labor secretary, explained why he thinks the tax system needs to do more to redistribute wealth from the rich toward the poor and middle class.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:19:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 6936 at http://kplu.org Economist makes the case for lower taxes for the rich