Administration Issues $60.4 Billion Sandy Relief Request

By: Monday December 10, 2012 8:15 am

Late on Friday, the Administration made a $60.4 billion supplemental appropriation request for dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The request went directly to House Speaker John Boehner. The total is actually a bit higher than estimated. This is a rough sketch of what the Administration plans to use the funds for.

New York, New Jersey Attempt to Expand Voting Options to Compensate for Hurricane Sandy’s Impact

By: Monday November 5, 2012 8:45 am

In contrast to Florida and Ohio, two states suffering from the worst effects of Hurricane Sandy are working to ensure the maximum voter turnout tomorrow. Of course, both states suppress their voters by not holding early voting options. But New York and New Jersey, concerned about Election Day just one week after Superstorm Sandy, have made changes to their voting processes due to the storm.

Superstorm Set to Batter Atlantic Coast

By: Monday October 29, 2012 7:02 am

As many as 50 million Americans living in the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington are bracing for the Frankenstorm, the combination of Hurricane Sandy, high tide and a nor’easter, which is likely to create storm surges of up to 11 feet in places that do not normally contend with them. Manhattan, for example. Or Atlantic City. Or Long Island’s south shore. Or Long Island’s NORTH shore, simultaneously. The National Hurricane Center describes it as a “life-threatening” storm surge. The shallowness of the water near the coast will make the storm surge higher, especially in and around the New York Harbor area.

Hurricane Sandy’s Dramatic Impact to Further Depress Northeast Economy

By: Friday October 26, 2012 10:28 am

With Hurricane Sandy moving over the Atlantic, this is the time where we all become amateur hurricane experts, talking about wind speed and storm surges. But because Sandy is on a path to hit an area not normally affected by storms, it could create more widespread damage, similar to what Hurricane Irene caused throughout the Northeast. And with the Northeast region already gripped by an economic slowdown, a destructive weather event could only collapse the economy further. And Sandy looks much more disruptive than Irene.

The Mysterious Economic Collapse in the Northeast

By: Friday October 19, 2012 3:26 pm

Looking at the state-level unemployment numbers yields a significant and under-reported story. We’ve known for some time that innovations in reaching shale oil deposits in the Plains states – places like the Dakotas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa – have kept their unemployment rates low, even throughout the Great Recession.

On the other end of the scale, we’ve seen a recent trend of rising unemployment in the Northeast.

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