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Business and Financial News Find the latest business news with reports on Wall Street, interest rates, banking, companies, and U.S. and world financial markets. Subscribe to the Business Story of the Day podcast.

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Businesses Are Struggling To Use Paycheck Protection Program Money : NPR

Congress just passed an additional $321 billion worth of spending for the Paycheck Protection Program. But even when some small businesses receive the aid money, they’re not sure how to use it.



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Saving jobs is at the heart of Congress’ coronavirus small-business rescue program. But as NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben reports, even when some businesses receive the money, they’re not sure how to use it.

DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN, BYLINE: The Paycheck Protection Program sounds simple – give small businesses money to keep people on payroll. But Adam Markowitz says it hasn’t been simple at all.

ADAM MARKOWITZ: It’s a mess – just the calculation of who counts for payroll, what counts for payroll.

KURTZLEBEN: Markowitz works at a Florida accounting firm and spoke to NPR via Skype. He rattled off a list of how what payroll means has changed since the program was created.

MARKOWITZ: There was a

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How School Funding’s Reliance On Property Taxes Fails Children : NPR

Map of school funding in US

Let’s begin with a choice.

Say there’s a check in the mail. It’s meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639?

It’s not a trick question. It’s the story of America’s schools in two numbers.

That $9,794 is how much money the Chicago Ridge School District in Illinois spent per child in 2013 (the number has been adjusted by Education Week to account for regional cost differences). It’s well below that year’s national average of $11,841.

Ridge’s two elementary campuses and one middle school sit along Chicago’s southern edge. Roughly two-thirds of its students come from low-income families, and a third are learning English as a second language.

Here, one nurse commutes between three schools, and the two elementary schools share an art teacher

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Your Money : NPR

Your Money : NPR

Your Money NPR coverage of personal finance, money, investing, taxes, retirement, mortgages and housing markets, wealth management, and stock market news. Download NPR podcasts and RSS feeds.

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Episode 986: America Unemployed

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When Should We Restart the Economy?

About 90% of households — approximately 165 million — will benefit from direct payments, according to the Tax Policy Center.

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The Labor Market Catastrophe

A “closed” sign is posted at the entrance of a New York State Department of Labor office in Brooklyn. With millions of people filing for unemployment benefits, state employment agencies have been overwhelmed around the country.

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Planet Money : NPR

Planet Money : NPR

Planet Money The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

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When Should We Restart the Economy?

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The Labor Market Catastrophe

The U.S. Capitol stands past a pedestrian crossing Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Shortly after midnight today, the White House and Democratic lawmakers said they reached agreement on a $2 trillion bill aimed at limiting the economic hit of the coronavirus outbreak. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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