Economy

Why is ‘Affordable Housing’ so Expensive to Build?

On a block dotted with blight and auto-related businesses, land at Blackstone and McKinley avenues in central Fresno soon could be transformed into an affordable housing complex. Most of the cost of the project would be taxpayer funded. As a result, the $38...

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 th...

U.S. Industries Continue to Lose Jobs. Here’s Why

If you listen to protectionists, you may assume that our economy’s production jobs are either being taken by immigrants or shipped overseas to keep costs down. According to productivity data, that does not seem to be the case. Manufacturing employment ha...

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...
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 only of the trade agreement’s benefits, but also ...
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