Rebuild by Design; Tax Cuts for Parents?; Puerto Rico’s Problems

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York City is about to launch proposals for the post-Sandy Rebuild By Design project. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses the project and the plans to protect the coastline from extensive storm damage in the future. Plus: the details of New York’s new budget; an argument that the tax code should be friendlier to parents than to child-free adults; and an explanation of why people are leaving Puerto Rico. 

SCOTUS Rules for Big Donors

Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter for the New York Times covering lobbying and campaign finance, explains the details of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down some limits on federal campaign finance donations, and what it means for the influence of large donors in politics.

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Shaun Donovan on Rebuild By Design

New York City is set to launch the proposals for the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design project. Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, discusses the project and what comes next to help the area recover -- and prevent the next disaster.

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Big Ugly Review

Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), goes through the details of the "Big Ugly" -- New York's annual budget for the fiscal year that started 4/1 -- plus what's expected before the end of the legislative session.

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A Modest Proposal: Tax the Childless

Slate's Reihan Salam says he's come to the "reluctant conclusion" that childless Americans (like himself) should pay higher taxes in order to subsidize working parents. Tell us if you agree — or think he's nuts.

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Opt Out? Opt In?

Reportedly, more parents chose to have their children sit out the state ELA exams this week than did last year.  If your kids took the exam, did you consciously "opt in"?  If you opted out, how would you like to see schools held to account for preparing their students to do college level work after graduation? 

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Puerto Rico's Problems

There's been a major wave of migration from Puerto Rico since 2006, and the island is dealing with high levels of crime and unemployment. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, research associate from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, explains what's going on and takes your calls if you've recently moved from Puerto Rico or have friends and family there.


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