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The Takeaway

Parallels of National Decline: Poland and the US?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August 2 is one week away, and Congress still has yet to make a deal to raise the debt ceiling. Both sides of the debt debate are reluctant to compromise — both the Democrats and Republicans have now put forth plans to avoid a default on U.S. loans. The Republican plan includes immediate cuts and caps in discretionary spending, and raising the debt ceiling by less than $1 trillion. The Democratic plan includes a $1.2 trillion reduction in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey Senate President Sweeney

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney discusses budget battles in New Jersey.

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Features

Christie's New Jersey Budget Has Some Arts Organizations Reeling

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Governor Christie's budget stipulates that three arts organizations — the Old Barracks, the Battleship New Jersey and the Newark Museum — will have to apply for grants from the State Arts Council and the New Jersey Historical commission.

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The Takeaway

Can You Fix The Budget Crisis? New Game Challenges Users' Problem Solving Abilities

Thursday, July 14, 2011

As the president and lawmakers battle over raising the deb limit and the federal government's current budget crisis, many voters feel frustrated and powerless. But what if you were offered an opportunity to find your own fix? A new online game challenges users to come up with their own compromises and solutions to the current problems facing the country's coffers. Want to play? Can you win?

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The Takeaway

McConnell Proposes 'Plan B' on Raising the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

As the August 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling draws closer, there's more talk about the dire economic consequences that will ensue if policy makers in Washington fail to reach an agreement on a budget plan. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that a bipartisan agreement is not likely to happen, and has proposed a plan in which the president could increase the federal debt limit without Congressional approval.

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WNYC News

Schools Will Get to Keep Unspent Funds -- If They Have Good Marks

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

In a reversal of a much criticized policy, city principals will now get to keep more of their money — but only if their schools get good marks. 

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New Jersey Budget

Friday, July 01, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie averted a shutdown of state government by axing $900 million from the budget Democrats handed him late last night. John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, discusses the latest news and what it means for the Garden State.

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WNYC News

City Council Votes to Pass $66B Budget

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The City Council voted to pass the $66 billion budget on Wednesday — a plan that avoids 4,000 teacher layoffs and the closure of 20 fire companies but will hit both education and social services.

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The Takeaway

Should We Invest $10 billion ‘Peace Dividend’ in Education?

Monday, June 27, 2011

As President Obama announced the draw-down of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by September 2012, he said it was time for our country to focus on nation-building here at home. The troop reduction could save $10 billion next year, so we asked our listeners: what should we do with that windfall? Many of you told us to invest in education.

 

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WNYC News

No Teacher Layoffs, But City Schools Still Face Budget Cuts

Monday, June 27, 2011

Teachers were spared from layoffs after the city reached a deal with the union and Department of Education last week — but principals were told Monday they have to shed $178 million from their budgets in the fiscal year starting next month.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City Budget

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter and Erin Einhorn, political reporter for the Daily News, talk about the latest with the New York City budget. Mayor Bloomberg announced late Friday night that he'd reached an agreement to avoid teacher layoffs, but other deep cuts are expected.

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WNYC News

Coalition Says Budget Offer 'Rebuffed' by Bloomberg

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A coalition of labor unions says Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rejected its offer to help avert the layoff of 4,000 teachers and the closure of 20 fire companies.

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WNYC News

Board Gets Stood Up By Seaport Museum Officials

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The president and chairman of the Seaport Museum New York opted out of attending a meeting on the maritime museum's future at the last-minute Tuesday night, drawing the ire of community members who felt they were stood up by the officials for the second time in as many months.

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The Takeaway

Will California's Budget Help the Struggling State?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

California legislators passed a budget Wednesday, just hours before a midnight deadline. This year, lawmakers risked losing their paychecks if they did not produce a budget on time. Only a simple majority was needed to pass the budget, but state Democrats say it is not ideal. Gov. Jerry Brown must now face the budget and decide whether to keep it as it is or confront the issues and send the budget back for more work.

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With Budget Deadline Looming, City Lawsuits Come Under Scrutiny

Monday, June 13, 2011

With the City budget deadline looming, the City Council is trying to find the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to prevent teachers layoffs and fire company closures. One area of city spending getting additional scrutiny is the hundreds of millions paid each year to settle lawsuits.

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Pawlenty's Economic Plan Filled With Same Old Political Fictions

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Not very many politicians are willing to go this far, presenting a plan that puts their political capital where their ideological mouths have been. I’ll give Pawlenty credit for that, but the plan itself is a work of fiction.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on Tim Pawlenty's proposal that the tax code be simplified to only two rates, and the elimination of the capital gains tax.

 

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Closing Firehouses

Monday, June 06, 2011

Joe Flood, author of The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City-and Determined the Future of Cities, discusses how the city chose which firehouses to close, and the budget pressures and battles over the FDNY.

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The Takeaway

Earmarks by Another Name?

Friday, June 03, 2011

The GOP House, fueled by the Tea Party, banned earmarks at the beginning of this year. However, there's a new Defense Authorization bill on the Hill that cut money from defense, but used that money to pay for special projects. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says a lot people are concerned that this is "earmarks by another name." Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz), an earmark opponent, says "It's like squeezing a balloon, it's gonna come out somewhere else and all we can do is try to plug every whole that we can."

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WNYC News

Schools Chancellor Walcott Grilled by City Council About Teacher Layoffs

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

City Council members grilled Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on the city's plan to eliminate 6,100 teaching positions — most through layoffs — during a contentious hearing Wednesday. 

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WNYC News

FDNY Cuts Prove a Major City Council Flash Point

Monday, May 16, 2011

New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano told a City Council panel Monday that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to cut 20 fire companies will negatively impact every single council district. He blamed both federal and state cut backs.

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