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Liisa Rajala

Researcher-Reporter
the Kiplinger letters

Liisa Rajala joined Kiplinger in July 2011 after graduating with a BA in international relations and a minor in communications from American University. She previously reported and wrote for USA Today, and wrote features for Roll Call's "Around the Hill" as well as local news and features for her hometown paper, the Kennebunk Post. She is currently serving as a 2013-14 Paul Miller fellow at the National Press Foundation.

Latest Features

Washington Matters
March 2014

As Congress Dawdles, States Take Policy Lead

Minimum wage, same-sex marriage, pension reform, marijuana and food safety are on the agenda in state capitals.

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Starting Out
October 2013

Obamacare for Twenty- and Thirtysomethings

Young adults don't often worry about their health coverage, but it's important to protect yourself against unexpected expenses.

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Small Business
February 2013

Useful Apps for Small Businesses

You can run a good chunk of your business right from your phone. Here's how.

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Starting Out
September 2012

How to Start Your Career Without a College Degree

If attending a four-year college isn't in the cards, you can take advantage of other opportunities for a lucrative career

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Starting Out
February 2012

Easy Steps for First-Time Taxpayers

Whether it's your very first time or just your first time filing without Mom and Dad's help, we have the basics on filing your 2011 tax returns.

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FORECASTS
February 2012

Help Wanted? Find It with Social Media

Forget sifting through résumés from people you don't know. Use LinkedIn, TalentVine and other sites to engage and cultivate talented workers.

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Starting Out
December 2011

Flexibility or Salary: What Do You Value Most at Work?

Members of Generation Y are likely to choose flexibility over higher pay. Our columnists face off about this preference.

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FORECASTS
November 2011

America's Failing Infrastructure: A Scary Picture

Just how safe is the bridge you crossed on your way to work today? You may not want to know.

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FORECASTS
September 2011

8 Low-Cost Franchises for Hard Times

Laid off or having trouble finding a job? Tired of working for somebody else and looking to start a business of your own?

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2011

8 Low-Cost Franchises for Hard Times - Slide Show

Laid off or having trouble finding a job? Tired of working for somebody else and looking to start a business of your own? Being one's own boss is the dream of many Americans. But few have the wherewithal ...

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