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Past articles by Mackenzie:

Long Covid May Be to Blame for Surge in Women With Disabilities

Long Covid may be behind the recent surge in US women with a disability, who surpassed their male counterparts in the workforce during the pandemic, reversing historic trends. → Read More

Future Democratic Hopeful Ro Khanna Takes On the Heartland From Silicon Valley

Khanna has a $2 trillion pitch to revitalize US manufacturing, with a catchphrase made for a campaign —  but he has to get Congress on board. → Read More

The $1.8 Trillion Student Debt Bubble Is Now the Supreme Court's Problem

With White House plan in limbo, people with stretched budgets are bracing for the resumption of required payments after a three-year pause. → Read More

Silicon Valley’s Ro Khanna Leads Congressional Trip to Taiwan

Representative Ro Khanna is leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan Saturday to bolster economic ties as the relationship between Washington and Beijing comes under fresh strain. → Read More

Two in Three Americans in Survey Couldn’t Cover $400 Emergency

Only one in three Americans can comfortably cover a $400 emergency expense, according to new survey data from Suze Orman’s emergency savings startup as the personal finance expert warns of broadening financial insecurity. → Read More

Damar Hamlin’s Toy Drive Gets $85,000 Fantasy Football Boost

More than 350 leagues have donated some or all of their winnings to the Buffalo player’s Chasing M’s Foundation. → Read More

More Americans Tap Credit Cards for Everyday Expenses

Census data shows that households are struggling to cover bills as pandemic savings run out. → Read More

How Gen Z Should Prepare Their Finances for 2023

Building an emergency savings fund is essential as economic turmoil looms in the new year. → Read More

Chicago Taps Brakes on Gentrification With a Tax on Teardowns

With multi-unit dwellings giving way to single-unit homes, Logan Square leaders pushed for measures to keep the neighborhood’s Latino population in place. → Read More

California Strike by 48,000 Academic Workers Flexes UAW's Muscle

During the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, fact-checking and warning labels by big social media platforms prompted some users to use alternative apps like Parler, which promise less content moderation. But the Jan. 6 insurrection and an unforgiving business model proved its undoing. → Read More

With Relief Plan Frozen, Biden Faces Pressure to Delay Student Loan Payments

White House initiative to forgive debt is in jeopardy as legal challenges mount and a deadline for borrowers to resume payments looms at the end of the year. → Read More

Pelosi Says Attack on Husband Will Be Factor in Her Future Plans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the attack on her husband, Paul, would be a factor in deciding her political future, and expressed dismay that Donald Trump and others, including Elon Musk, had cast doubt on the attack. → Read More

Chicago Approves $16.4 Billion Budget With More Pension Funding

The Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $16.4 billion budget for 2023, approving an advance pension payment and additional investments in public safety as the city continues to recover from the pandemic. The spending plan closes a $128 million hole in the corporate fund, which pays for everything from law enforcement to tree trimming. The projected 2023 deficit is Chicago’s… → Read More

Stimulus Support Staff Cuts Mean Limited Fraud Monitoring

More than 30,000 cities, counties and tribal governments with billions of dollars in federal stimulus money to spend are now largely on their own. → Read More

Yale’s Hometown Mends Finances After School Ups Payments

Yale University’s hometown of New Haven, Connecticut –- long beleaguered by budget woes with its fiscal health hinging on state support and voluntary payments from the third-richest US school -- is finally seeing its financial prospects brighten. The city on the Long Island Sound, with more than a quarter of its 135,000 residents living in poverty, won its first upgrade since at least 2002 last… → Read More

Chicago’s High Property Taxes Pay for Squeezed Retiree Benefits

Chicago may finally be on a path to adequately funding its four city employee pensions -- but getting there is likely to come at the expense of homeowners who already pay some of the highest property tax rates in the nation. → Read More

Senators Reach Bipartisan Crypto Deal Amid Doubt on Getting Vote

A bipartisan group of senators have struck a compromise on a cryptocurrency reporting requirement in the $550 billion infrastructure bill, but it’s not yet clear it will get a vote. → Read More

Infrastructure Moves Closer to Senate Passage After Delays

The U.S. Senate moved closer to passing a $550 billion infrastructure package after a drawn-out debate that pushed action into this week and left the status of several proposed changes unsettled. → Read More

States Under Pressure to Expedite Stalled Rent Aid Efforts

The Biden administration’s decision to give renters affected by the worsening pandemic a two-month eviction reprieve risks pushing a housing crisis into the fall if states fail to accelerate distribution of billions in rent relief. → Read More

GOP Negotiator Says Infrastructure Deal Will Be Ready Next Week

A key Republican in the bipartisan Senate group working on a $579 billion infrastructure package said disagreements over transit funding and revenue sources that have held up a deal should be settled and legislative language agreed to by early next week. → Read More