Economic forecast http://www.kplu.org en Will 2012 be a good year for the Puget Sound economy? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-2012-be-good-year-puget-sound-economy <p>Local economist<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/improving-economy-predicted-puget-sound"> Dick Conway unveiled his economic forecast</a> for the region recently, and he painted an optimistic picture, describing it as &quot;a sunny day, with some clouds&quot;.</p><p>On this week&#39;s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer that he thinks there&#39;s a good case for optimism this year.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 3724 at http://www.kplu.org Will 2012 be a good year for the Puget Sound economy? No cuts to services in proposed King County budget http://www.kplu.org/post/no-cuts-services-proposed-king-county-budget <p>There&#39;s relatively good news on <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/PSB/Budget.aspx">King County&rsquo;s budget for 2012</a>: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services.&nbsp;</p><p>Constantine says though it is &ldquo;surrounded by seas of red ink,&rdquo; King County is &ldquo;an island of relative stability&rdquo; after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:09:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2732 at http://www.kplu.org Housing prices falling around the nation, including the Seattle area http://www.kplu.org/post/housing-prices-falling-around-nation-including-seattle-area <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960609.mp3</p><p>A &quot;...boatload of loans, sitting in foreclosure,&quot; or on the verge of being taken back by the banks. Those are the<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2014628180_homeprices30.html"> words of one economist</a>, talking about what&#39;s happening in the real estate markets of major cities, nation-wide. The greater Seattle area is no exception.</p><p>The numbers come from the <a href="http://seattlebubble.com/blog/tag/case-shiller/">Case-Schiller index </a>and they&#39;re not pretty. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:15:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1106 at http://www.kplu.org Housing prices falling around the nation, including the Seattle area Forecast: State revenue projections take another big hit http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-state-revenue-projections-take-another-big-hit <p>Washington&rsquo;s budget shortfall has now grown to $5.1 billion over the next two years. That&rsquo;s the estimate from the Governor&rsquo;s office after Thursday&rsquo;s state revenue forecast.&nbsp;</p><p>The state&#39;s chief economist, Arun Raha, predicts the state will collect nearly $800 million dollars less than previously forecast for a variety of reasons.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:33:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1021 at http://www.kplu.org Forecast: State revenue projections take another big hit