SPENDING - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SPENDING News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift U.S. economy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57846010-79/percent-economy-growth-months.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57846010-79/percent-economy-growth-months.html.csp">Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift U.S. economy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL WISEMAN and JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-21T14:52:20.952-06:00">Updated Apr 21, 2014 02:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Spring’s thaw is reviving the economy, too. A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter’s deep freeze. Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation. Now, as temperatures rise, the economy is regaining momentum. Factories are busier. Consumers are spending more. Banks are making more loa...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578460102014-04-21T14:52:20.952-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-21T14:52:20.952-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57846010@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:52:20 MDT Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp">Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T14:14:02.082-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 02:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Your poorly written editorial is just another WaPo attempt to STEAL seniors’ EARNED benefits.” So read the subject line of one reader’s response to my last column, about how entitlements and other safety-net spending on the middle class are crowding out spending on the poor. The email went on to say: “sorry, spoiled millennial [expletive], but seniors have worked and PAID FOR their SS and Medicare.” I don’t dispute the middle epithet: I am indeed a millennial. And since we millennials like to d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57807512@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:14:02 MDT American Easter spending down this year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57796446-79/billion-spending-easter-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57796446-79/billion-spending-easter-percent.html.csp">American Easter spending down this year</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tom wharton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T22:12:41.219-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A new report from the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation shows Americans will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy and gifts to celebrate Easter this year. That is slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year, with total spending expected to reach $15.9 billion. “The winter doldrums left consumers with a lot of pent-up demand, and though many Americans may take a cautious approach to spending on Easter items this year, retailers are anticipating that warmer weathe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57796446@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:12:41 MDT Rampell: The poor were abandoned long ago http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794418-82/poor-class-middle-programs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794418-82/poor-class-middle-programs.html.csp">Rampell: The poor were abandoned long ago</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T00:39:01.493-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 12:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Liberals are shocked (shocked!) that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his co-partisans would consider cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and other programs that serve the neediest Americans. They have accused Ryan of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. But long before Ryan unveiled his “Path to Prosperity,” politicians of both parties had been redistributing government spending away from the truly destitute and toward everyone else. In the past few decades, the federal soci...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57794418@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:39:01 MDT Bloomberg: Court has narrow view of political corruption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57769983-82/corruption-court-political-campaign.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57769983-82/corruption-court-political-campaign.html.csp">Bloomberg: Court has narrow view of political corruption</a></h4>