Is the U.S. tax code an instrument of torture? At almost 4 million words, it is 14 times as long as the collected novels of, say, Franz Kafka. It has been changed 4,680 times since 2001 -- more than once a day, according to the IRS Taxpayer Advocate. And it takes taxpayers (individuals and businesses) more than 6 billion hours to complete their filings.
<p>Mardi Gras, with its masquerade balls, beads, and floats is a financial fest for New Orleans. One million people will jam the city's streets during the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21), says Jennifer Day at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2011, those visitors had a $300 million economic impact on the city, accounting for 1.5 percent of New Orleans' gross domestic product, according to a study of Mardi Gras prepared by Toni Weiss, an economics professor at Tulane University.</p> Source: Photograph by Gerald Herbert/AP
Fights over forming unions are hardball -- which is why the decision process is more heavily regulated than almost any other act of association in American life. One popular technique favored by unions is to promise management something in exchange for a promise to stay neutral and even allow organizers access to the workplace.
Sean Cummings has developed 18 New Orleans projects, including condominiums, hotels and luxury lofts with floor-to-ceiling windows at a former rice-processing plant in a gentrifying neighborhood. Up next: a residential complex planned for a weed-choked lot currently home to an abandoned school bus.