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Union Battles Spread to Ohio

Monday, February 21, 2011

In Wisconsin, demonstrators are camped out for a seventh day over a state bill that would cut state workers’ ability to bargain collectively. But Wisconsin isn’t the only state where union battles are blazing. In Ohio, state Republicans are promoting measures to cut collective bargaining as an eventual cost-cutting measure as well. Ohio faces an estimated $8 billion budget deficit. Ohio Public Radio State House Reporter Bill Cohen explains the latest.

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The Takeaway

Government Shutdown Would Cost Billions

Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Saturday morning, House Republicans, prodded by fervent Tea Party freshmen passed a bill slashing government spending by $61 billion immediately. That vote forces Republicans and Democrats into a political showdown that could boil over into a government shutdown. How could this affect you? We speak with Nate Persily, Charles Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University, and the author of the book "Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy."

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What the House Resolution Cuts

Saturday, February 19, 2011

After debating all week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1 by a vote of 235-189 on Saturday morning. To address the $1.3 trillion deficit, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority have offered this resolution, which intends to cut $100 billion in six months, an amount consistant with the number mentioned in the Republican's Pledge to America during the midterm campaigns.

While the resolution still needs to pass the Senate and be signed off on by the president to become law, the House Republicans are drawing a strong line in the sand, while a government shutdown looms if an agreement is not reached by March 4.

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WNYC News

Combined Impacts: Potential Federal, State and City Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs

Friday, February 18, 2011

It was a tough week for folks at the Community Service Society of New York, which has been serving New York City's poor since 1848. President Obama rolled out his budget proposal, which included significant cuts to Community Block grants and other poverty fighting programs. That was on top of bleak news from Albany. Then, Mayor Bloomberg released his budget. It included the elimination of 17,000 child care slots that the working poor and near poor rely on and cut a voucher program that helps the homeless get into housing.  

David Jones is the CEO of the Community Service Society of New York that has been serving the city for 160 years. He worries that President Obama's budget is the best it might get this year, since Republicans control the House of Representatives in Washington.

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A Progressive City Budget

Friday, February 18, 2011

Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39) Brad Lander reacts to Mayor Bloomberg's proposed city budget.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Budget and Beyond

Friday, February 18, 2011

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly looks at Bloomberg's proposed city budget, Governor Christie's latest approach to entitlements in New Jersey, and the Governor's comments about the national budget.

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Bloomberg's Budget and Beyond

Friday, February 18, 2011

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[W]orking parents, who have a job and need that subsidized daycare in order to be able to go to work, they might as well hand in their pink slips now.

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Features

In Preliminary Budget Proposals, Mayor Bloomberg Recommends Cuts to the Arts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The mayor's recommendations come on the heels of President Obama's proposed cuts to the nation's leading arts endowments on Monday.

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Financial 411: Bloomberg Says City Faces $600 Billion Shortfall

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city's deficit has grown from $2.3 billion to $4.6 billion because of the end of economic stimulus money from Washington, and expected cuts in aid from Albany — which is struggling with an even steeper deficit.

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WNYC News

Budget Cuts to Child Care Biggest in Decades, Advocates Say

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget proposal includes cutting close to 17,000 child care subsidies for kids in low-income families in what child advocates call the single biggest cut to child care since the 1970s. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Obama's 2012 Defense Budget

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We’ll examine President Obama’s proposed 2012 defense budget with Winslow Wheeler, Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information.

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WNYC News

In Budget Address, Bloomberg Says Cuts Loom for Teachers, Services

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outlining his budget plan, said on Thursday that the city will eliminate more than 6,100 teaching positions.

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Transportation Nation

SF MUNI Faces $1.6 Billion Deficit, But Big Projects Get a Federal Boost

Thursday, February 17, 2011

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) It's a truism well-known in transportation circles that it's much easier for transit agencies to get money for new projects than it is to find cash for ongoing operations and maintenance. Here in the Bay Area we've got several big expansions on in the works, despite the fact that all of our transit agencies face ongoing cash-flow problems.

President Obama's proposed federal budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the Bay Area, including money for SF Muni to move forward on two big projects : $200 million to build the Central Subway from downtown up through Chinatown, and $30 million to build BRT on Van Ness Avenue. Both projects are also depending on additional federal grants.

But there's a wrinkle.

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The Takeaway

Experts Evaluate Your Budget Cuts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We have been talking all week about the battle lines being drawn in Washington over the 2012 federal budget proposal. So we asked you how you’d fix the budget. We received a huge response from listeners and we’ve picked a few suggestions to consider on air this morning. David Walker, U.S. Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008 explores the economic viability of your suggestions and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the chances on whether any of our ideas would pass in Congress.

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Transportation Nation

Waiting for "Go" Dough

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation)  They say attention spans are getting shorter. But great patience is required in the transportation world, where big plans don't always include... well, plans.

by Chuck Kennedy, via Wikimedia Commons

Obama's robust transportation budget (pdf), a wonky valentine on Monday, was greeted with the predictable enthusiasm from activists and equally expected groans from Republicans. Tea-Party-beloved Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) called the proposed increase in transportation spending evidence of the President's "fiscal irresponsibility," while the Public Interest Research group said it proved that the administration was "serious about investing in the future."

The reactions were unsurprising, in part, because so were the proposals: The ideas put forward in the budget read like a greatest hits from the past two years of rhetoric. You've got the half-trillion-dollar reauthorization commitment coupled with program streamlining that former Rep Jim Oberstar (D-MN) floated two years ago, before being swept out of the House in the November GOP takeover. And there's that upfront $50 billion in stimulus that Obama proposed to a crowd on Labor Day. A heap of high-speed rail. A dash of TIGER-like grants. Add the perennial Infrastructure Bank idea (to be specific, the much poo-poo'd version that would have the "I-Bank" live within the USDOT), and you've got yourself a budget.

No word on how to pay for it all, though.

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The Speaker's Speech

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about some of the ideas in her State of the City address, including plans for budgeting, jobs, and parking.

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WNYC News

Obama’s Proposed Budget May Hurt New York Nonprofits

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

President Barack Obama's plans for cuts to domestic spending, as part of his $3.73 trillion budget for 2012, would directly impact local nonprofits that provide an array of social services. There would be less federal money to go around, and stiffer competition for a smaller pot of funds.

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The Budget: Congressman Grimm Reacts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY 13, including Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn) reacts to Obama's new budget proposal.

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The Takeaway

Facing the Big Bad Budget

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Breaking a record is almost always good — except when it comes to the deficit. The federal deficit is set to reach its highest figure ever: $1.65 trillion for this fiscal year. That would make it more than 10 percent of the toal economy, the highest level since 1945. And that is just for the current year. In total, the national debt — the cumulative total of deficits since the beginning of the Republic — is set to grow from $14 trillion today to $16.7 trillion by September 30, 2012. Lawmakers will begin debating $61 billion in budget cuts for the remaining months of this fiscal year today, but what will those cuts mean for average Americans?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Budget: Congressman Nadler Reacts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D, NY-08) talks about the president's budget proposal and what it means for New York.

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