Last year was full of major economic events, and 2019 looks like it will be too. We’ll talk about what we’re watching in the global economy and what to expect from trade, Brexit and government spending. Speaking of global economies, six Pacific-Rim nations including Japan, Australia and Mexico are lowering tariffs on a number of products and services as of today. So what does that mean for American farmers??Then:?The Chinese are likely to land a probe on the far side of the moon for the first time in history. China is spending billions on space exploration, but why now??
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors are going into the new year without pay as the government shutdown stretches into 2019. But a new year also means a new Congress. We’ll talk about how lawmakers plan on tackling the spending bill and what to expect from Capitol Hill in the coming months. As of tomorrow morning, wages are set to increase in over 20 states, yet the federal minimum wage remains unchanged since 2009. More on what that means for the economy. Then, we’ll talk?to Elizabeth White, author of?“55, Unemployed and Faking Normal,” about how people 55 and older are coping without retirement savings.??