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‘America First’ May Have Unintended Consequences

Have we seen the peak of globalization? Are we entering a new paradigm of increased protectionism under President Trump's "America First" economic policies? According to an article recently published in the Barclays investment blog, these questions cannot y...

Where Did Your Pay Raise Go?

News Analysis By Drew Phelps Last week, the Fresno Bee reported some good news: Average income in Fresno County rose 2.5% from 2015 to 2016, making the average just above $40,000 for 2016. While the growth shown in the Bureau of Economic Analysis ...

Fresno County is No. 1 in California Poverty

News Analysis By Drew Phelps Fresno County is finally number one … in the percentage of individuals living in poverty. According to the results of the U.S. Census’ single-year American Community Su...

Editorial: SB 35 isn’t answer to California housing crisis

California's housing crisis is hurting middle-class families and low-income families alike, and it's putting people out of their apartments and into the streets. The numbers are shocking. The New York Times reported earlier this year that California's me...
With talks to renegotiate free-trade agreements underway, many American growers and ranchers what the impacts will be.

Farmers Nervous about Trump Trade Policies

Talks Begin to Renegotiate NAFTA By Erin Mundahl InsideSources.com Talks to renegotiate the terms of the NAFTA agreement began on a grim note. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke not...

Recap & Trade: How Valley Legislators Voted

Governor Jerry Brown pushed hard for a Cap & Trade extension and thanks to approval from both chambers of the legislature, he will get it. Monday night (July 17), the state Senate approved AB 398 (28-12) and companion bill AB 617 (27-13). Then, the Asse...