Econ 101: April 8, 2013

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  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will use his first trip to Europe to urge lawmakers there to pursue more growth and less austerity. [New York Times]
  • A draft immigration reform bill is expected to be finalized this week. [Reuters]
  • After a weak March jobs report, analysts have an even bleaker outlook about the coming months because of sequestration. [CNBC]
  • Portugal is facing challenges enacting enough austerity to meet the terms of its bailout. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Illinois lawmakers will spend the next two months seeking to reform the state’s broken pension system. [Reuters]
  • Compensation for executives rose modestly in 2012, but the use of perks such as private jet use soared. [New York Times]
  • Rising home prices may help improve the Federal Housing Administration’s budget outlook. [Bloomberg]