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California Budget, Budget Stalemate, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Lawmakers adjourned until Tuesday after failing for the third consecutive day to muster an elusive final vote for the state budget package. The move came after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would send 20,000 layoff notices on Tuesday and other administration officials warned of construction stoppages if the $40 billion budget shortfall and the associated cash crunch are not resolved.

Paying $23,050 for a Honda Accord might not be an option for you right now, but maybe leasing one for $241 a month is. We turned to our friends at LeaseCompare.com to see what were the Top 10 vehicles people have been leasing over the past 6 months. For your benefit, we also asked them what an ideal lease payment would be on each one of these vehicles (and keep in mind the number they gave us is with $0 down; a payment will decrease the more money you put down).

The number of workers who consider jobs or unemployment as the nation's worst economic problem has quadrupled since early October, and more and more people believe the country is in a downright depression, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

A Hispanic advocacy group is urging President Obama to put a Hispanic in the Commerce Secretary post from which New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg recently walked away, and the group has a few names in mind.

HispanTelligence Research
Hispanic Economy in Transition Cover Art
Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2007 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 375 companies and Web addresses for 430 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2005 and 2006.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
corporate elite, hispanic executives
With the country's first African-American president in the White House, 2009 could be considered a breakthrough year for diversity. However, diversity at America's key companies still falls short of reflecting our society as a whole. The book is hardly closed, however, on the story of Hispanic diversity in corporate America. In fact, a look at Hispanic Business Media's 2009 Corporate Elite suggests that Hispanics are slowly but surely transforming the face of executive management at America's companies.

Since September 15, the global economy and financial system have been collapsing at an unprecedented speed. Now, in 2009, we're heading into uncharted territory, in which neither the depth nor length of the recession is known and the previous certainty of economic policy tools is in question. In 2009 and beyond, the world is not facing a cyclical reduction of economic activity -- one that can be fought with lowering interest rates and a moderate stimulus package.

One of the buzzwords of the decade is convergence. Manufacturers are trying their best to squeeze feature after feature into every device, things we didn't know we needed until we find ourselves addicted to them. There's a reason that the BlackBerry line of phones has been nicknamed the "crackberry," after all. Tech Vault tried out the the much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm. I'll say this up front: The technology is impressive and the style is sharp. But how it performed is another story -- one that requires more nuance than a simple thumbs up or thumbs down.

Despite a mountain of economic uncertainty resting on their shoulders, Hispanic Business Media's 2009 Corporate Elite, represent 25 leaders who have defied expectations and obstacles to rise to the top of their industries.

Events
Hispanic Business Media presents Hispanic Business Magazine's 7th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala
At Hispanic Business, we are proud to take special time out each year to honor a select number of exceptional Hispanic Women at our annual Woman of the Year Awards. This year's event will be held June 4, 2009 at the Hilton Americas, Houston Texas. For more information, please visit http://hispanicbusiness.com/events/




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