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This Week's Agenda: Economy, Wisconsin, Budget

Monday, March 14, 2011

The 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan Friday is certain to have an impact on the world's market. Already Japan's Nikkei average fell over 4 percent in early trading Monday morning. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, looks at how the disaster in Japan could affect the U.S.'s economy and stock market.

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Unions And Budgets

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ezra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and Newsweek, talks about the national budget debate and public and private unions.

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Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Makes His Case

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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Defined benefit plans in and of themselves should not be considered the enemy, they can work but they require sacrifice.

—Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

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The Governor of Connecticut

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, discusses his state's budget, the national struggle to balance finances and other news from the Constitution state.

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The Takeaway

Budget Fight Continues in Congress

Friday, March 04, 2011

The fight over the budget continues on Capitol Hill. Tea Party members want to see a massive amount cut from the budget, while Democrats and Republicans see a policy fight within the proposed cuts. There are over 100 policy riders included in the spending bill that Republicans passed two weeks ago; these directly affect President Obama's domestic agenda. There are restrictions on funding for the EPA, the FDA, health care reform and abortion. Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on how this fight is playing out.

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Two More Weeks

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Congressman Anthony Weiner, (D-NY9), talks about the deal to fund the federal government for two more weeks, offensive statutes, and other Congressional matters.

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WQXR News

Obama Signs Funding Bill

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that continues funding for the federal government for the next two weeks, until March 18.

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The Takeaway

House Avoids Shutdown; Senate Votes Next

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House approved a stopgap budget on Tuesday that would buy Congress more time to approve a final budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure today. In a vote of 335-91, the House voted to cut $4 billion in spending in order to keep the government open until March 18. We talk with Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the bargaining chips being used to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Takeaway

What Would Jesus Cut?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Reducing the deficit seems like a matter of strict dollars and cents, not one of religion. But this week, voices on both sides of the political fence have evoked God and morality in fighting for budget cuts. On Sunday, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner addressed the National Religious Broadcasters convention, and talked about the moral implications of the deficit as an unfair burden on coming generations. On Monday, two dozen Christian leaders came out on the other side of the issue, placing a full page advertisement in Politico with the headline: "What Would Jesus Cut?" The argument was presented that the moral test of a society is how it treats its poor.

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The Takeaway

Jefferson County, Ala. Battles Massive Debt Following Corruption

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

As the Federal government tries to wrangle a deal to keep the country afloat, there are already some parts of the country that are bankrupt, even if not technically “in bankruptcy.” Cities that borrowed money by issuing municipal bonds are now so burdened with debt that they can’t pay back what was promised to those who invested. Add to that mess, a few bribes, an unfathomable refinancing deal with a leading Wall Street bank, and a broken sewage system, and you’ll end up with Jefferson County, the local government for Birmingham, Alabama.

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This Week's Agenda: Budget, Middle East, Jobs

Monday, February 28, 2011

The government is on the verge of a shutdown Friday, as Democrats and Republicans try and come up with some kind of resolution on the budget. Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Reuters, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, will look into their chrystal balls and see if any resolution is in sight. While Washington makes attempts at a budget resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to Switzherland to come up with a resolution on dealing with Col. Moammar el-Gadhafi and Libya. Are Gadhafi's days numbered? 

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The Takeaway

Rep. Gwen Moore on Planned Parenthood and Her Private Life

Monday, February 28, 2011

A little over a week ago, in the midst of the heated debates around our nation’s proposed federal budget cuts, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) attracted national attention. After 240 of 241 House Republicans voted to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding, Moore spoke up. But rather than just explain that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of reproductive health care, she chose to tell her personal story of growing up as a poor, single, teenage mother. Congresswoman Moore joins us from Wisconsin to talk about her story and her thoughts on reproductive health funding.

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New Jersey Budget Recap

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie presented a stark choice in his budget address yesterday: either cut state worker benefits or abandon hopes for property tax relief. Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, looks at the latest budget proposals and the fiscal crunch in the Garden State.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: New Jersey's Budget

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oil prices are soaring due to unrest in Libya, Governor Chris Christie revealed New Jersey's budget and President Obama is talking economics in Ohio.

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Features

$16 Million NJ Arts Council Budget to Stay

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recommended slashing taxes and government spending in his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday. But he did not propose touching the budget that the N.J. State Council on the Arts received in the last fiscal year.

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Wisconsin Senate to Convene Without Democrats

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In a press conference held Monday evening, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that it was time to move forward on a budget repair bill currently stalled by the absence of the state’s fourteen Democratic state senators. The senators fled Wisconsin seven days ago in hopes of stalling a bill which, they say, hurts the middle and working class by stripping unions of the right to collectively bargain for benefits. With 19 seats, Republicans can pass the budget bill; without 20 sitting members, the Senate can't vote on spending measures.

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The Wisconsin Public Union Battle and the Future of U.S. Labor

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The budget battle in Wisconsin is putting public employee unions on the spot. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker discusses what Wisconsin tells us about public vs. private unions and the future of collective bargaining.

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This Week: Budget Battles from Washington to Wisconsin

Monday, February 21, 2011

Union members would argue well, those benefits were hard won and those deals were made when wage incresases were not offered...so to help people understand it, this is like actually cutting pay...What Walker and others would say is that the reason this has to do with budgeting is that ...it gives governments more flexibility in doing the things they need to do to deal with their deficit problems and that they're hamstrung by collective bargaining. And without that flexibility, says Walker, you have to end up firing people instead of reshaping benefits, which makes them more draconian.

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Timeline: What's Happening in Wisconsin?

Monday, February 21, 2011

A lot can happen in a week, especially in a state that's trying to balance its budget by asking for concessions from public employees. In the wake of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal, and the ensuing outrage from public sector unions still embroiling the capitol, here's a day-by-day breakdown of what's happening the state.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, February 21, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on continuing protests in Bahrain and Libya, plus the U.S. budget troubles.