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Jon Talton comments on economic news, issues and trends, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:13:30 -0700


Read all about it: How a Trump tariff might kill your local newspaper

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:13:30 -0700

One Washington mill can't supply America's newsprint. But its so-far successful trade case imperils many newspapers.

Ideal of congestion pricing faces real-life roadblocks in Seattle

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:35 -0700

In theory, charging drivers for using roadways at peak times is a great solution to traffic jams. But Seattle could roll into a host of unintended consequences.

Unknowns that could bring down this booming economy

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:33:43 -0700

Behind the strong expansion are three serious threats that could bring on recession.

The perilous road from ‘the public interest’ to Sinclair Broadcasting

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 06:00:12 -0700

The nation's biggest owner of television stations forces its newsrooms to become propaganda mills. Only a few decades ago, this would have been unthinkable — and illegal.

The real issue behind Trump’s attack on Amazon and Bezos

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:06:15 -0700

The president has singled out the company and its chief executive for attack. It has nothing to do with helping the post office.

China’s tech grab: Where Trump has a point on trade

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:00:35 -0700

China is grabbing advanced American know-how, including by clandestine means. But how to combat it?

After Uber fatality, artificial intelligence faces an uncertain road test

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:07:24 -0700

The incident in Arizona might have been a fluke. But the mysteries of AI make it possible that more was going wrong.

Seattle taxes may reach a tipping point

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:00:50 -0700

A slew of new taxes and tax increases pose a big lift for taxpayers and the economy.

Trump’s China syndrome could melt down Washington state trade

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:27:42 -0700

Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have little effect on China. But a new round of levies could badly smack Washington.

How Trump misunderstands — and misleads — about the trade deficit

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:14:08 -0700

Actually, Canada doesn't run a trade surplus with the U.S. Here's why — and why the point matters, writes economics columnist Jon Talton.

Big Tech needs to face a Theodore Roosevelt-style trust busting

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:00:58 -0700

The giants of the technology sector are falling from public favor. Busting them up isn't an impossibility.

Both predators and prey: Toys ‘R’ Us and iHeartMedia

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:52:01 -0700

Two of the big business collapses of the week have much in common.

With bitcoin mining, the Mid-Columbia basin joins the tech elite — or a Ponzi scheme

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:24:56 -0700

On the other side of the Cascades, a new kind of miner is striking gold. Our region could pay a stiff price.

Solving the mystery of weak consumer spending

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:55:14 -0700

Sluggish retail sales are not a bug but a feature of this economy.

How the American steel industry nearly committed suicide — and not from trade

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:36:37 -0700

What really sent the nation's once-mighty steel industry into a near-fatal tailspin? It wasn't imports.

Trump threatens Germany’s automakers, but there’s a hitch

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:59:32 -0700

Tariff threats seem to ignore the fact that in the heart of Trump Country, German automakers have established auto assembly plants and clusters of parts suppliers.

America (hurt) First: Trump’s dangerous game on trade

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:09:47 -0800

The president's tariffs are putting the economy and American leadership at risk.

Forget HQ2 — Big Tech wants to build cities from scratch

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:12:53 -0800

What if the latest technology was used to build cities from the ground up? Skepticism is in order.

Digging into the foundation of the housing cost crisis

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 06:00:32 -0800

Affordability in Seattle and elsewhere is a complicated problem, but it has one major driver that has nothing to do with housing.

Unpacking Trump’s tariffs on steel, aluminum imports — and the risk of a trade war

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:57:11 -0800

Columnist Jon Talton explains why we can't use tariffs like these to rebuild America's industrial base. World trade is much more complicated than it was a few decades ago, and the new tariffs could cost many more jobs than they regain.