Megan McArdle



Jan 28, 2015
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has put his state in a bit of a pickle. The governor pushed through massive cuts to the state's income taxes, which, in one of the least surprising developments in recent U.S. history, left the state hundreds of millions of dollars in the hole.


Jan 22, 2015
It's hard to sum up an hour-long speech in a pithy sentence, but let me try anyway: President Barack Obama's message in the State of the Union was "We need to stop getting caught up in partisan battles, and compromise on sensible policies to help the middle class , and by 'we' I mean 'Republicans.'"


Jan 9, 2015
The new year has brought a new sort of commercial to our televisions: ads urging people to check with tax preparers about the potential consequences of Obamacare. H&R Block is offering free Obamacare consultations Friday.


Dec 31, 2014
A lot has happened in America this year. But economics columnists might well dub this "the Year of the Minimum Wage."


Dec 23, 2014
While I was away last week, Vermont decided to scuttle its single-payer healthcare plans. I predicted as much six months ago, for one simple reason: A single-payer system would cost too much.


Dec 12, 2014
Should you get paid for standing in line? Workers at an Amazon warehouse thought they should. I kind of agreed. But the Supreme Court disagreed, holding 9-0 that the Amazon contractors could be forced to stand in line to clear security at the end of their workday.


Dec 5, 2014
If you're my age, you could be forgiven for thinking that $2 gasoline is the kind of nostalgic memory you'd be able to share with your children someday, like playgrounds with monkey bars or televisions that didn't even have a remote control. Suddenly, however, it's back.


Nov 26, 2014
The last couple of holiday seasons, I've been writing dire warnings about Best Buy, the big-box behemoth that was struggling mightily with Internet competition.

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