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Economy

Web site allows users to prioritize stimulus projects

A new website, stimuluswatch.org, allows citizens to comment on how they think the economic stimulus package should be used by their local government.

Governors of Missouri and Kansas meet to discuss economy

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius met with Kansas City business leaders Tuesday to discuss President Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package.

Analysis: Tax credit bill needs approval from Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers debate the value of tax credits for businesses. A plan sailed through the House with 85 percent approval and next needs to pass through the Senate.

Unemployed celebrate with Pink Slip Parties to search for new work

Unemployed workers having difficulty finding new employment have turned to using unique ways to find employment from chatting up business executives on commuter trains to participating in Pink Slip Parties which bring together potential employers and the unemployed for networking.

Deal announced on stimulus; weekend vote likely

Three Republican  moderates broke ranks and pledged their votes for the stimulus bill, giving it the necessary 60-vote majority.

Curators approve furlough, retirement plan

The board also approved a transition assistance program for employees who lose their jobs as a result of budget cuts.

Columbia Daily Tribune makes cuts

More jobs may be on the line. "Like every other business, we are targeting some positions for potential elimination based on what's happening (with the economy)," Associate Publisher Vicki Russell said.

THE BEAT: Discussion of mayor's appearance on CNBC

The Columbia Missourian's managing editor, Jeanne Abbott, talks to KBIA's Janet Saidi about how Columbia is fairing compared to national economic trends.

Costs, economy drive more Americans into medical debt

With the economy getting worse, many people find themselves facing a mountain of medical debt. With employers cutting benefits, bills for the uninsured continue to grow.

LETTER: Senate should look deeper at Economy Recovery Bill

The measure includes funding for alternative transportation and would help create the "green jobs" that President Barack Obama has promoted.

FIVE IDEAS: How does Obama shore up a struggling economy?

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the economy, unemployment, Jay Nixon's firings of 150 state workers, reorganizing the higher education system in Missouri, and the search for Columbia's next police chief.

Bad economy could hinder Columbia's sheltered workshop

Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, which employs more than 100 adults with disabilities, is facing a shortage of work to keep its employees busy and could be on the list for funding cuts this year.

Global economy crashing Indian weddings

In a country known for lavish weddings, some couples are making tough decisions to avoid high costs in a weakened economy.

Jobless rate still growing and more expected in 2009

While first-time applications for jobless benefits dropped last week, economists mostly attributed that to the Christmas holiday and cautioned that a more accurate picture of new layoff filings won’t become clear until the holiday season is passed — around mid-January.

Economy has more families giving up pets

The Humane Society of Missouri says 5 percent to 8 percent more animals were given away this year because families can no longer afford to care for them, or have been forced to relocate to a place where pets are not allowed.

Report says Missouri universities', colleges' tuition may soar, economy may suffer

Cuts in state funding for universities and colleges could result in major tuition increases, the possible closing of one university and a negative impact on the state's economy, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Education.

Faltering economy might aggravate consumer problems

Consumer protection officials anticipate a greater number of complaints with customers watching every dollar.

Missouri lottery sales flat for the first time in more than 20 years

Casinos are also experiencing declining business, likely due to overall reduced entertainment spending as people deal with current economic uncertainties.

Economy hits bids for Columbia recyclables

The nationwide decrease in the value of recyclable goods has caused private buyers of the city’s recyclables to either make bids below the city’s cost of processing or not bid at all. As a result, processed and baled recyclables have piled up at the city’s landfill.

Recycling goes from boom to bust as economy stalls

As the global economy has declined, so has the recycling market. As consumer demand for automobiles, appliances and new homes dropped, so did the steel and pulp mills' demand for scrap, paper and other recyclables.

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