On a key health-care issue, Trump and Gillibrand made opposite claims within days of each other. To hear Trump tell it, prescription drug prices have fallen for the first time in 51 years. According to Gillibrand, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, they haven't fallen. The White House and Trump's campaign pointed to the consumer price index for prescription drugs, which has seen annualized declines in six of the last seven months. Gillibrand's campaign said that the CPI for prescription drugs is flawed and that prices haven't fallen according to numerous independent studies. Neither one is entirely right, and both pick and choose what best supports their case. Let's dig in. Trump was referring to the consumer price index for prescription drugs, which is updated monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It measures the “price change of drugs purchased with a prescription at a retail, mail order, or Internet pharmacy,” according to BLS. "The … [Read more...] about Are prescription drug prices going down?
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In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to sending an astronaut to the moon "before this decade is out," the federal budget enjoyed a surplus and economists were calling for government spending to stimulate the economy. Even so, the final price tag still boggles the mind. Between 1960 and 1973, NASA spent $28 billion developing the rockets, spacecraft and ground systems needed for what became the Apollo program. According to a recent analysis by the Planetary Society, that translates into an estimated $288.1 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. That's roughly equivalent to spending NASA's current annual budget on a single project and sustaining that effort for more than a decade. Now, 50 years after the first Apollo moon landing, NASA is aggressively pursuing a Trump administration directive to return astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024. After five decades of technological progress, NASA will not be starting from scratch, and the total cost will be much lower … [Read more...] about Apollo 11: How much did it cost to land astronauts on the moon?
Christopher Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer Updated 12:03 am PST, Friday, January 11, 2019 Government workers, American Federation of Government Employees union members and members of supporting local unions, pose for a group photo during the rally to highlight the effect the federal shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP) less Government workers, American Federation of Government Employees union members and members of supporting local unions, pose for a group photo during the rally to highlight the effect the federal shutdown, ... more Photo: Leila Navidi, AP Photo: Leila Navidi, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Government workers, American Federation of Government Employees union members and members of supporting local … [Read more...] about How’s the US economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say
AFTER days of holiday celebrations commuters have been slapped in the face with yet another fare raise. Campaigners have criticised the "staggering" increase which has left many people "priced out of getting to work". So why are tickets more expensive now? How much have rail ticket prices increased? The Rail Delivery Group has already flagged that fares will rise by 3.1 per cent in January. Northern trains will be stung by a very slightly worse 3.2 per cent rise. This follows a 3.4 per cent increase from the start of this year. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail services, and has flagged a similar 3 per cent rise. C2C, which mainly operates services from the capital to the coast, have also flagged 2.6 per cent increases. Chiltern flagged increases of 2.8 per cent in November. The average traveller will be paying £2,888 for their season ticket this year, £694 a year more than in 2010, according to Labour's analysis. To put … [Read more...] about Train fare increase – how much has the cost of rail travel gone up for 2019 and why are tickets more expensive now?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Middle East Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Middle East | A 6-Pack of Beer for $26? Qatar Doubles the Price of Alcohol Supported by ByPalko Karasz Jan. 1, 2019 Getting a beer has never been easy in Qatar. But buying a six-pack will now set you back at least $26, thanks to an alcohol tax that went into effect on Tuesday. Many countries have tried to regulate alcohol consumption by making drinking expensive. But Qatar, a predominantly Muslim country that has long had strict limits on the purchase and consumption of alcohol, has essentially doubled the cost overnight. A 100 percent tax, calculated on the previous sales price, has been imposed on all alcohol imports, the country’s sole liquor retailer, the Qatar Distribution Company, told customers in a letter. “All alcohol products imported into the State of Qatar will be subject to a 100% … [Read more...] about A 6-Pack of Beer for $26? Qatar Doubles the Price of Alcohol