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Tariffs impact Valley economy

A quarter of businesses report importing materials as being more difficult, but the same number support the idea of tariffs @TheSunGazette FRESNO – New federally imposed import tariffs have had an impact on Valley companies but many businesses support the idea of raising tariffs to even the playing field.  About one-fourth of firms reported tariffs […]

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City of Tulare welcomes chain business boom

New chain stores begin locating to the city of Tulare bringing the potential of increased tax dollars and jobs  By Nancy Vigran Reporter for The Sun-Gazette TULARE – Tulare is all a-buzz. And, in a good way. There’s a lot of new business coming in the works. New business not only makes shopping easier, but […]

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Business Cents: The Sequence of Returns

Provided by Garrett German What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase simply describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. Across 20 or 30 years of saving and investing for the future, what kind of impact do these deviations from the average return have on a portfolio’s final value?  The […]

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County offers free training for industrial supervisors

COS Training Center course is part of Tulare County Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) UpSkill Tulare County initiative @TheSunGazette TULARE — Most managers are good employees but the reverse is rarely true. Managers are usually selected from the few employees who show the motivation and work ethic to excel at their job and interest and desire […]

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County unemployment rate remains low

9.6% unemployment rate for June is down from last year, slightly higher than May @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June but is still lower than a year ago.  The unemployment rate for the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) increased from 8.5% in May to 9.6% in June, 0.1% lower […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending August 4, 2018

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is in various stages of growth. Some of corn is beginning to be harvested for silage. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being cut, dried and baled. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Malaysia and Australia.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: As July comes […]

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DA deletes three positions

County will not renew contract for victim services but services will be provided from another county @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – The District Attorney’s Office laid off three employees last month, but only one of them is leaving. On July 24, District Attorney Tim Ward notified the Tulare County Board of Supervisors his office would not […]

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CCM finds flaws in tariff relief programs

California Citrus Mutual issues statements on fed’s $12 billion relief measure for those affected by increased tariffs @TheSunGazette EXETER – The White House proposal to give $12 billion in relief to U.S. farmers to offset losses resulting from the ongoing trade debate has left California Citrus Mutual (CCM), a citrus producers’ voluntary membership trade association, […]

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Tulare County ‘aggressive’ in removing abandoned citrus, limiting ACP

Assistant ag commissioner Tom Tucker implements abandoned citrus abatement program in effort to fight ACP and HLB @TheSunGazette EXETER – California Citrus Mutual (CCM) issued a statement last week praising Tulare County’s efforts in limiting the infestation of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and preventing the introduction of the fatal tree disease huanglongbing (HLB).  In […]

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Should You Pay Off Your Home Before You Retire?

Provided by Garrett German  Should you own your home free and clear before you retire? At first glance, the answer would seem to be “absolutely, if at all possible.” Retiring with less debt … isn’t that a good thing? Why not make a few extra mortgage payments to get the job done? In reality, things […]

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