Friday, April 28th, 2017

Lawmakers Seek Stronger Monitoring of Racial Disparities in Car Insurance Premiums

*Do you pay more for insurance because you live in a barrio?  Latino and Black congressmen are pushing for an investigation. VL By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica (6 minute read)   Six Democratic members of Congress are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to appoint a director for the Federal Insurance Office, which monitors access of minority and

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Unemployment rates drop for Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read)    The Bureau of Labor statistics released its March unemployment numbers and the overall jobs situation isn’t looking good. Wall Street Economists had predicted an increase of 180,000 jobs after two strong...

Friday, March 31st, 2017

North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out.

*Why you should read this: Because there’s a punchline here that not everyone will get. VL By Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post (4.5 minute read)    When I talked to him about the economic effects of immigration...

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

How the U.S. economy misses out on an untapped Latino potential

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)    Fortune reports that a Zillow study released Thursday found that “In Hispanic communities, about 48% of income goes to the monthly rent check, up from 41% in 2011.” Let’s...

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Meet today’s driving force behind homeownership rates: Hispanics

*Why you should read this: Because Latinos continue to drive the housing market, but you won’t hear it in mainstream news. Because it tells a larger story about Latinos investing in a U.S. transformative permanence. VL By Kelsey...

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Bootstrap myth exposed: White inheritance key driver in racial wealth gap

*This is the second piece that I suggest your should read today, it compliments the first piece I posted earlier and it follows on the statement Rep. Jason Chaffetz made yesterday when he declared that people should...

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Today’s NOOOOO!: Flower vendors say Trump will affect Valentine’s Day for Latinos?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 munite read)  This story made me shake my head. It’s about how Trump is now affecting Valentine’s Day. PR Web published it as a sales promotion – I guess. But the gist...

Friday, January 27th, 2017

What About My Guacamole?! How a 20 Percent Tariff on Mexican Imports Would Affect You

*Why you should read this: Because a 20 percent import tariff for Mexican imports will hit your pocketbook in the long run – in some cases in the short-term. VL By Martha C. White, NBC News  American consumers...

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Hispanic leaders wary of Trump’s trade plans

*Why you should read this: Because ending NAFTA is not as cut-and-dry as it sounds. Because tens of thousands of U.S. workers, many of them Latinos in manufacturing, would lose their jobs due to higher import tariffs....

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The US pays a price for keeping immigrants underemployed

*Let’s make this part of the conversation before Trump gets into office: “Undocumented workers generate 3% of US GDP, or $5 trillion over 10 years, according to a new analysis from two economists at Queens College in...

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Hispanics retire with 70 percent less than whites

*Missing in the framing of this story is how Latinos care for their elderly at home and how the economic burden of this kind of elder care isn’t reported. VL By Darla Mercado, CNBC  (3 minute read) Hispanics living...

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Immigrant Families Benefiting from Home-Sharing Economy, Study Finds

*Of course! The immigrant energy is resourceful. In fact, that energy persists in the U.S. Latino community. What’s now called the “shared economy,” as if it were a new thing, has been a way of life for...

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Why More Mass Deportations Would Be Bad News for the Housing Market

*Let’s hope this bit of information is somewhere on Trump’s radar. Judging by his campaign rhetoric and cabinet picks, it’s not. VL By Emily Badger, New York Times (4.5 minute read) Right around the time foreclosures were...

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Poll Shows Latinos are More Cautious about Holiday Spending and the Economy

*First, it’s been a steady 80-degress-plus in South Texas, hard to get in a holiday mood.  Second, the calendar says otherwise. Third, the Trump election dampened many Latinos’ plans for spending this Christmas – at least that’s...

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