John Ydstie http://redriverradio.org en Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank http://redriverradio.org/post/political-support-erodes-export-import-bank Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old Washington institution whose mission is to help U.S. companies sell products abroad. Now the bank is being threatened with extinction. Tea Party Republicans argue that the bank's really just providing corporate welfare. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: The Ex-Im bank was created during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to support the export of U.S. goods. Today, some of the nation's largest companies are its biggest beneficiaries including Boeing, Caterpillar and General Electric. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:15:00 +0000 John Ydstie 46262 at http://redriverradio.org In May Jobs Report, A Milestone: A Return To Pre-Recession Levels http://redriverradio.org/post/may-jobs-report-milestone-return-pre-recession-levels The May jobs report showed steady job creation. Payrolls expanded by 217,000, and unemployment held steady at 6.3%. And there was a milestone: The U.S. economy now has slightly more jobs than it did in December 2007, when the last recession began. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 John Ydstie 45408 at http://redriverradio.org New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air http://redriverradio.org/post/new-pollution-rules-leave-utilities-frustrated-details-remain-air The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Ydstie 45283 at http://redriverradio.org Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement http://redriverradio.org/post/study-questions-need-employer-health-care-requirement When the Affordable Care Act was unveiled, business groups railed against the provision that requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance for their full-time workers.<p>The Obama administration responded by pushing back the deadline for the coverage, so it hasn't yet taken effect. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44967 at http://redriverradio.org Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount? http://redriverradio.org/post/merits-income-inequality-whats-right-amount Income inequality is a big problem, many economists agree. But they also say some level of inequality is necessary for capitalism to work.<p>Inequality in the U.S. has risen to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1 percent pocket more than 20 percent of the nation's income, and the 400 richest people in the country own more wealth than everyone in the bottom 50 percent.<p>That's not healthy for the society or the economy, says Branko Milanovic, an economist at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Sun, 18 May 2014 09:29:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44445 at http://redriverradio.org The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?