Higher Costs Eating Nation’s Lunch Business

By Jeff Flores The lunchtime meal is being handed its own lunch – thanks to increased costs that are keeping workers eating at their desks instead of in restaurants. In 2016, Americans made 433 million fewer lunchtime trips to restaurants than in 2015, creating a $3.2 billion loss in revenue. Yet the population continues to

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Even Mobile Homes are Getting too Expensive in Silicon Valley

As Silicon Valley continues to thrive economically, its residents are starting to feel the pain of the rising amount of rent that they have to pay in order to remain in the area. Even mobile homes are starting to get too expensive for the residents and many of them happen to be older residents. One

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California is bad at tracking whether its Tax Breaks Work

According to a national study by Pew Charitable Trusts, California does a horrible job of tracking the impact of the tax breaks and credits that it provides each year to businesses. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-partisan, independent, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California among the lowest 23 states

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HUD Claims $84,500 a year Qualifies as Low Income in Orange County

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new income limits last month and it turns out that a family of four that has an annual income of $84,450 or less qualifies as low income in Orange County. Even a single person living alone and earning $58,450 or less a year qualifies

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One of Maryland’s Largest ACA Insurers wants to Increase Premiums

One of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the Mid-Atlantic region is stating that it will need to increase premiums by double-digits next year to avoid losing more money. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insures 215,000 people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. CareFirst has been selling plans in the

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More People are Starting to move out of California

The trend of people moving out of California appears to have intensified over the last couple of years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, domestic migrants are leaving California more quickly than they enter it. The good news is that the overall rate of people leaving is less than what it was in the early

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California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Released first draft of Marijuana Regulations

Last week, the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation released its first draft of the medical cannabis regulations that may eventually be enforced. The draft is 54-pages and has entered a 45-day comment period for suggestions on what should be changed to the regulations. The regulations are actually part of the Medical Cannabis Safety and

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Deal that Avoids Strike

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached an agreement early yesterday that stopped a potentially devastating strike. Both sides were eager to avoid a strike like the WGA strike in 2007, which lasted 100 days and affected many in the film and TV industries. Studio

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Gas Tax Could Cause more smog in California

Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), also known as The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 or simply the Gas Tax, was recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown last week. However, one thing that was not mentioned about the bill was that there was wording in the bill that limits regulators’ ability

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Recycling may be in Trouble

Many people recycle thinking that they are doing a great service to the environment, but it turns out that some people may be recycling incorrectly. The fact that some people are recycling incorrectly is causing problems for recycling facilities because they are becoming less profitable. Another issue that is causing a loss in profit for

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