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Today's Teamster News 12.19.11

Growth of large private water companies brings higher water rates, little recourse for consumers  Austin American-Statesman   ...a growing number of suburban Texans are getting their water from large, private corporations owned by investors seeking to profit off the sale of an essential resource. State figures show private companies are seeking more price increases every year, and many are substantial...
This slump won’t end until 2031 (opinion)  MarketWatch   ...the Long Depression of 1873 to 1896 ...  a far more instructive episode than the Great Depression of the 1930s...
Will China Break? (opinion)  New York Times   ...China ... is emerging as another danger spot in a world economy that really, really doesn’t need this right now...
Study: Nearly 1 in 3 will be arrested by age 23  USA Today   ...The high rate of arrest among youth is troubling because the records will follow them as adults and make it harder for them to get student loans, jobs and housing...
Keelan: The anti-ethanol uprising (opinion)  VTDigger.org   ...why do we use ethanol in the first place? According to some experts its use and production are costly and detrimental to the environment. And wouldn’t you know, the federal government provides farmers with billions of dollars in subsides to grow the corn...
Work in Progress  The Journal-Gazette   ...Republican lawmakers have made no secret of their intention to make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state. And on the other side, labor representatives have made it clear they will fight to prevent it...

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