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    • A Middle-Class Tax Cut? It Depends Who and Where You Are

    • By: Ben Casselman, Tara Siegel Bernard
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Republicans promised a middle-class tax cut. So far, they have created mostly middle-class confusion. Both the evolving House bill and the emerging Senate plan would slash taxes for businesses and many wealthy individuals. What they would mean for the middle class, however, is less clear. The plans feature a spider web of intersecting and offsetting changes to the tax code that many taxpayers — and even many tax accountants — are struggling to untangle.

    "A Middle-Class Tax Cut? It Depends Who and Where You Are" is from the November 09, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and Tara Siegel Bernard and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

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    • Corporate Tax Cuts Hold Promise of Lower Utility Bills

    • By: Ben Casselman, Jim Tankersley, and Brad Plumer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The newly passed tax law could save Americans billions of dollars on their utility bills. In recent days, electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and other states have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to customers through lower rates.

    "Corporate Tax Cuts Hold Promise of Lower Utility Bills" is from the January 09, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman, Jim Tankersley, and Brad Plumer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger

    • By: Ben Casselman, Jeffery C. Mays
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 8 mins
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    In Hempstead, a Long Island town where the typical property tax bill tops $10,000, residents have lined up all week to prepay those taxes for next year. They have been trying to save thousands of dollars before the new federal tax bill, which goes into effect on New Year’s Day, sharply limits deductions for state and local taxes.

    "Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger" is from the December 28, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and Jeffery C. Mays and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Democrats in high-cost, high-tax states are plotting ways to do what their states’ representatives in Congress could not: Blunt the effect of the newly passed Republican tax overhaul.

    "Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law" is from the December 31, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • New York Fed Names Williams President, Bucking Calls for Diversity

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday named John C. Williams as its next president, choosing a longtime insider for what is widely regarded as one of the Fed’s most influential positions.

    "New York Fed Names Williams President, Bucking Calls for Diversity" is from the April 03, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Prepaying Your Property Taxes? IRS Cautions It Might Not Pay Off

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The Internal Revenue Service has a message for the homeowners rushing to prepay their property taxes before new rules take effect on New Year’s Day: Not so fast.

    "Prepaying Your Property Taxes? IRS Cautions It Might Not Pay Off" is from the December 27, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Archie Montgomery.

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    • U.S. Added 200,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4.1 Percent

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    The Labor Department released its official hiring and unemployment figures for January on Friday, providing the latest snapshot of the U.S. economy.

    "U.S. Added 200,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4.1 Percent" is from the February 02, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

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    • Why Pay Is Lagging in a Tight Job Market

    • By: Noam Scheiber, Patricia Cohen, and Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Overall, average hourly earnings were only 2.5 percent higher in December than a year earlier, barely outpacing inflation. It is part of a stubborn pattern that is one of the mysteries of a recovery now in its ninth year.

    "Why Pay Is Lagging in a Tight Job Market" is from the February 01, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Noam Scheiber, Patricia Cohen, and Ben Casselman and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

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    • Economy Hits a High Note, and Trump Takes a Bow

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Tax cuts and federal spending are adding fuel to the already strong economy, putting the United States on a pace for its best year of growth in well over a decade.

    "Economy Hits a High Note, and Trump Takes a Bow" is from the July 27, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • A Top Candidate for New York Fed’s Leader: San Francisco’s

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    John C. Williams, an economist and longtime Federal Reserve official, is a top candidate for president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to two people familiar with the search process.

    "A Top Candidate for New York Fed’s Leader: San Francisco’s" is from the March 25, 2018 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • Risks for Cities in Sweetening Amazon’s Pot

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    When New Jersey announced a $7 billion package of tax incentives to try to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark, local officials saw a chance to jump-start a city that has long struggled with poverty and joblessness.

    "Risks for Cities in Sweetening Amazon’s Pot" is from the January 26, 2018 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • After 7 Years of Job Growth, Room for More, or Danger Ahead?

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The economy’s vital signs are stronger than they have been in years. Companies are posting jobs faster than they can find workers to fill them. Incomes are rising. The stock market sets records seemingly every month.

    "After 7 Years of Job Growth, Room for More, or Danger Ahead?" is from the December 08, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Job Growth Signals Robust Economy, With Gain of 228,000

    • By: Ben Casselman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The U.S. job market is the strongest it’s been in a decade, and arguably the strongest since 2000. The United States has now added jobs for 86 consecutive months — a downward blip in September was later revised to show a small gain — and the unemployment rate is lower than it ever got during the last boom, which ended when the housing bubble burst. Even wage growth, long the weak spot in an otherwise strong recovery, is showing signs of picking up.

    "Job Growth Signals Robust Economy, With Gain of 228,000" is from the December 08, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ben Casselman and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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