Category: economics

Walmart, Unions, and Un-Fair Labor Practices

[The other day I was mildly annoyed by an email I got from Care2 asking me to sign a petition against Wal-Mart. Coincidentally, I recently had a conversation with a good buddy of mine about Wal-Mart, unions, and related topics. WhenI got the Care2 email, I forwarded it it to him and asked if he’d …

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Act 72

Pennsylvanian legislators have developed a plan for reducing school taxes. The alternate source of revenue would be slot machine profits. In order to take part in this program, called Act 72, school districts must opt in and lose some property tax revenue. The deadline for opting in is May 30. For various reasons, many districts …

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Speak Your Piece

To all my readers who live in Allegheny County: The Department for Economic Development in Allegheny County has a survey on their website. Please take it. It’s short and will let the county authorities know how you want your tax dollars spent. On a related note, here are some Pittsburgh blogs. It’s not a comprehensive …

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Same Old Song and Dance

‘Twould seem the RIAA, record companies, and their pack of snarling, salivating hyenas…er…lawyers, haven’t noticed that pay-to-download is a workable business model that has people’s attention – and money. If record companies produced CDs with 15 or so good songs, none of this would be an issue. Music piracy was a case of necessity inventing. …

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Deparate Industry

Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN “Some of the world’s biggest record companies, facing rampant online piracy, are quietly financing the development and testing of software programs that would sabotage the computers and Internet connections of people who download pirated music, according to industry executives.” Labels reportedly back antipiracy …

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