Eric Wieffering

Assistant Managing Editor | News
Phone: 612-673-1736
Eric Wieffering supervises coverage of local and regional news, including politics, education, the environment and other topics.

Recent content from Eric Wieffering

U.S. Chamber talks tough, but not on China

Unless the topic is trade with China, nuance does not come naturally to Tom Donohue.

Updated: January 18, 2011, - 09:27 PM

Minneapolis Fed chief takes turn in the hot seat

Narayana Kocherlakota's first year as president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank proceeded smoothly in 2010 as he made the rounds of the vast Ninth Federal Reserve District, which stretches 1,800 miles from Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the east to Montana in the west.

Updated: January 15, 2011, - 10:19 PM

Narayana Kocherlakota

Kocherlakota became the 12th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Oct. 8, 2009. This month, Kocherlakota becomes a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a 12-person committee that makes key decisions about monetary policy in the United States, including interest rates and money supply, with the goal of promoting "maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates." The FOMC meets approximately eight times a year.

Updated: January 15, 2011, - 05:47 PM

Clawback adds to Madoff clients' pain

Minnesotans who lost millions when Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme came to light two years ago now face an even grimmer prospect: Having to return millions more they withdrew from their accounts in the six years before the fraud was exposed.

Updated: January 12, 2011, - 08:58 PM

'Buy local,' but not the economics behind it

The best marketing campaigns skip past our head and land on our heart. In that regard, few have been as successful in recent years as the "buy local" movement springing up in metropolitan areas around the country.

Updated: January 08, 2011, - 10:01 PM

Recession didn't shrink Minnesota's public payroll

Give Gov. Mark Dayton credit for being brave enough to step in front of the state's most powerful business groups and stand by his pledge to raise their taxes to help erase a projected $6.2 billion deficit.

Updated: January 07, 2011, - 10:23 PM

Race to the bottom creates winners, losers

For most Minnesotans, Osceola, Wis., is a place to stop for a burger or gas on our way to or from somewhere else.

Updated: January 04, 2011, - 08:46 PM

Cheap talk won't solve crisis over pensions

Local and state governments across the country face potentially ruinous pension and benefit costs. Too bad so many political leaders have decided that the best way to solve the problem is by making public-sector employees Public Enemy No. 1.

Updated: January 01, 2011, - 10:25 PM

In a year of bank failures, public feels little effect

America's community banking crisis may go down as one of the biggest nonevents of the current financial crisis.

Updated: December 27, 2010, - 09:05 PM

Retailers attack MasterCard, Visa model

Think you have a love/hate relationship with that piece of plastic in your wallet?

Updated: December 25, 2010, - 09:41 PM

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