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Signs of a Slowdown in Health Care Spending

There are signs that health care spending growth has slowed down in the last few years. Diane and her panel of experts look at what higher deductibles, a move away from fee-for-service plans and other changes could mean for future health...

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Virginia Assembly Eases Up On New Pension Rules

Local municipalities in Virginia will get somewhat of a reprieve from new pension rules for government workers; the General Assembly has accepted the governor's request to allow implemenation of those rules over five years. 

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Most Small Businesses Don't Quite Fit The Political Picture

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a GOP measure to cut taxes on small businesses, ostensibly to create jobs. An analysis of government data shows that most small businesses don't have any employees beyond the owner. To qualify for the new tax break, they'd have to change that.
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Hydraulic Fracturing In The Marcellus Shale

A supply glut and price collapse in natural gas is slowing down the hydraulic fracturing boom in some areas. How market forces, state regulations and health and environmental concerns are shaping development of the Marcellus Shale.

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Maryland Property Taxes Unmoved, At Least For Now

Maryland has decided to keep the property tax rate where it is for now, but officials warn that debt service obligations will likely force the state's hand in the next several years.

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'Doomsday Clock' Counts Days Until Maryland Budget Cuts

With a special session on the budget still out of sight, Maryland state employees have created a 'Doomsday Clock,' to count the days until the automatic cuts hit on July 1.

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Debate Over Automatic Spending Cuts

The White House says it's preparing federal agencies for possible year-end mandated spending cuts. Debate over how sequestration could affect the government, military and economy.

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New Concerns About The Global Economy

New pressure on economic policymakers as the euro crisis drags on, U.S. jobs growth sputters and manufacturing in China drops.

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Housing Advocates Plan Protest At Wilson Building

Affordable housing advocates will descend on D.C. city hall this evening to call for more housing funding from the D.C. government.

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Euopean Central Bank Removes Risk Of Global Crisis

The turmoil in Europe appears to have died down, at least for now. Interest rates have fallen except for Spain. European Central Bank officials say they have contained the crisis — even if a recession occurs. But not everyone is so sure, and the recent rise in interest rates in Spain is making some investors nervous.

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