Why Flood Insurance Creates Unintended Consequences

Flooding 34 times in 32 years, a $69,000 home in Mississippi received close to $663,000 in payouts. Similarly, for 16 floods in 18 years the owners of a Houston home valued at $115,000 got $800,000. The insurance industry calls them…

Deciding When and Why to Change the Time

When states change the congressional mandate for daylight saving time they help and hinder business, labor, energy use and safety.

Why Might Salsa Prices Soar?

During the 1970s we did not eat many limes, maybe less than 1/2 a pound each year, and most were from Florida. Now our consumption has tripled and the lime has gone global. Faced with cheap Mexican limes, devastation from Hurricane…

Is Your Home State Popular?

The Erie Canal has always been my favorite. Initiated by a Clinton who wanted to be President (DeWitt Clinton, governor of NYS), the canal was completed in 1825. Because it connected Albany, NY to Buffalo, NY, people and goods in…

Austin and Oakland: A Tale of 2 Cities

Sort of, we can “celebrate” a birthday. 5 years ago, the Great Recession began. And that takes us to Texas where they can celebrate. Among the large metropolitan areas in the US, Austin (#1), Houston (#2), San Antonio (#4) and…