National University System Institute for Policy Research

Illumina stays in San Diego after 10-year agreement ratified
KUSI, July 21, 2014 - One of San Diego's leading high-tech companies has decided to expand its operations in the city after getting $1.5 million in tax breaks over a 10-year period. The medical device manufacturer Illumina was considering a move to either Poway or Memphis, Tennessee, but will now keep its 1,400 employees in San Diego. San Diego is growing jobs; the problem is most of them are low-paying jobs. Continue reading »
Debate over minimum wage hike rolls on
U-T SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2014 - The minimum wage in San Diego is in store for a series of boosts, and they're not just coming from the state. The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 last week to raise the minimum hourly rate incrementally to $11.50 by 2017, with future bumps tied to inflation. It also is requiring employers to provide up to five earned sick days. The vote came despite the state of California raising the minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour earlier this month, and planning to bump it up again to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. Continue reading »
EconoMeter panel: Interest rates on the rise in 2015?
U-T SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2014 - Question: Does the Federal Reserve's announced end to its quantitative easing bond-buying program mean we should all prepare for higher interest rates? Continue reading »
Immigrant crisis: An econ spin
U-T SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2014 - Question: Is there a long-term economic impact of thousands of undocumented children entering the U.S. from Central America? Continue reading »
Health check: U.S. economy @ midyear
U-T SAN DIEGO, July 4, 2014 - Question: What is the most surprising thing about the economy for the first half of 2014? Continue reading »

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