Sweeping Impacts of the Proposed Mexico Import Tax

Sweeping Impacts of the Proposed Mexico Import Tax

On January 26, 2017, the Trump administration suggested a 20% tax on imports from Mexico, in order to fund construction of a wall separating the countries. As Mexico represents the US’ second-largest source of general imports (which includes the value of goods intended for re-export), this begs the question: which US industries and markets could be impacted by a tax on imports from Mexico?


Architects Benefiting from Move to Multi-Family Housing

Architects Benefiting from Move to Multi-Family Housing

Since the depths of the recession, multi-family residential projects have emerged as a star in the building construction market for architectural service providers. From 2011 to 2015, multi-unit housing projects experienced double-digit yearly growth in unit starts, while annual expenditures vaulted 24% at a minimum between 2012 and 2015. This surge in the construction of new multi-unit residential buildings has been evident in many large US cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.


US Coal Production: Down, But Not Lights Out

US Coal Production: Down, But Not Lights Out

Coal has been declared a dying industry by articles in some publications like Forbes and The New York Times, but how bad has the outlook for US coal really gotten? As it turns out, large declines in US coal production are not expected to continue in the next few years, because the switch from coal to natural gas in electricity generation is largely complete.


Is the Tobacco Products Market Going Up in Smoke?

Is the Tobacco Products Market Going Up in Smoke?

The Marlboro Man – an iconic advertising symbol for tobacco products at a time of widespread use – rode off into the sunset many years ago. Legal and social restrictions have taken their toll on demand for these products as an aggregate both in the US and many major export markets, and new regulations hold the potential to exact further losses. Nevertheless, for the US tobacco industry, some bright spots remain.


To Woo Millennials, Casinos Take a Chance on Arcade-Style Games

To Woo Millennials, Casinos Take a Chance on Arcade-Style Games

Would you bet on zombies?

If you are a millennial, some casino operators are gambling that you will. The problem for these establishments is that millennials tend to prefer games of skill over the games of chance that currently dominate most casino floors, largely in the form of slot machines.


Waste Managers Find Opportunity in Environmental Cleanup

Waste Managers Find Opportunity in Environmental Cleanup

On December 22, 2008, a wave of coal ash – unleashed by an impoundment rupture – surged across the landscape surrounding the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil plant. The gray sludge buried homes and inundated waterways in its path, and was as much as six feet deep in some places.