March 22, 2013 |
ATHENS -- Racing against time and short on choices, Cyprus on Friday moved to vote on yet another bailout formula its government cobbled together to secure a $13-billion international lifeline that will keep its weak banks afloat and avert a devastating default. Failure to produce a viable bailout scheme by Monday will force the European Central Bank, according to an ultimatum it issued earlier this week, to stop funneling billions of dollars into Cyprus' cash-strapped financial system, leaving the island nation to fend for itself.
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August 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown already has begun talking to legislative leaders about the amount of money that would be needed to bail the state out of its prison crowding crisis. The governor has a court-imposed Dec. 31 deadline to find room for some 9,600 inmates or face the prospect of early releases. The corrections department currently is discussing paying private prison operators, counties and cities to take those inmates, at prices that range from $38 to $65 per inmate per day. At the moment, Brown also will have to find funding and authority to continue sending inmates already contracted to go to out-of-state prisons owned by Corrections Corp.
April 19, 2012 |
Detroit native Mitt Romney has long contended that the U.S. automobile industry would be better off had the federal government not bailed out General Motors and Chrysler. In particular, he argued in 2008 and again in February (while campaigning in Michigan's Republican primary) that the companies should have restructured themselves without the feds' involvement through a "managed bankruptcy" process. But that ignores a crucial fact: Companies that are broke require money to keep operating, even while under the protection of a Bankruptcy Court.
March 28, 2013 |
As banks opened their doors Thursday for the first time in nearly two weeks in Cyprus, the odyssey over the nation's financial crisis and ensuing bailout took its newest turn. If you haven't followed the economic drama in this Mediterranean island, here's a recap of how Cyprus came to preoccupy the Eurozone. June 25, 2012: Cyprus seeks a bailou t after suffering heavy losses. Its banking sector was hit by the economic crisis in Greece; Cypriot banks had made loans to Greek borrowers that were worth 160% of the island's gross domestic product, according to the International Monetary Fund . Nov. 23: The European Union reports progress toward a deal with Cyprus.
February 16, 2012 |
On the same day that General Motors reported record profits, Mitt Romney stumped in Michigan, reiterating his opposition to the federal government bailout that many credit with saving GM and Chrysler. Romney told the Detroit News' editorial board Thursday that rather than the federal government lending the two companies $80 billion, GM and Chrysler should have entered bankruptcy six months earlier and the federal government should have offered loan guarantees. "I would have never allowed the auto industry to disappear," Romney told the paper.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Housing Administration, which has played a crucial role in stabilizing the housing market, said it ended September with $16.3 billion in projected losses -- a possible prelude to a taxpayer bailout. The precarious financial situation could force the FHA, which has been self-funded through mortgage insurance premiums since it was created during the Great Depression, to tap the U.S. Treasury to stay afloat. The agency said a determination on whether it needs a bailout won't come until next year.