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Budget Crisis

The Brian Lehrer Show

When Cities Go Broke, They Call Him

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

From saving NYC from bankruptcy in the 1970's to his latest assignment in Detroit, Richard Ravitch, former New York State Lt. Governor, member of the State Budget Crisis Task Force and author of So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises, shares what he knows about the causes of and cures for state and local fiscal crises.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jobs Week Kicks Off; DC Update; Teachers Call In; Asian Food Politics; Accused Rabbis

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Jobs Week" starts in the 30 Issues in 30 Days series with David Jones of CSS on the candidates' proposals and teachers call in on the school holiday to share their class size ideal and whether too few students is as bad as too many. Plus, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera on the latest from Washington, Bill Ayers revisits the 2008 election, Asian American food politics, and more on the story about the local ultra-Orthodox rabbis accused of kidnapping and torture to gain divorces for the women who hired them.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Richard Ravitch: State Budget Crisis

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Richard Ravitch is the former New York State Lt. Governor and Co-chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force. Ravitch joins us to talk about the task force that he and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker convened and the gloomy picture for state governments.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Mayor Hospitalized as City Nears Bankruptcy

Monday, March 26, 2012

The auto industry may be on its way back, but Detroit is close to bankruptcy. But as the city's fate hangs in the balance, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is recovering from major surgery, and is out of commission for at least several days. Joining us for more on Detroit is Craig Fahle, host of The Craig Fahle Show on WDET.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Contract City: When a Town’s Budget Fight Turned Deadly

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cities and counties across the country are facing deep budget shortfalls from an underperforming economy. New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend discusses how Costa Mesa, California, is dealing with the crisis. His article “Contract City,” appears in the September 5 issue of the The New Yorker.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Warren Buffett Was Right on Taxes, But He Didn't Go Far Enough

Monday, August 15, 2011

Common sense ideas like this, on how we can in one fell swoop, make the tax system more fair, cut deficit spending and stimulate the economy where it needs the stimulation are exactly the kinds of ideas we need right now.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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It's A Free Country ®

Watch Live: Obama Addresses Nation on Economic Instability

Monday, August 08, 2011

President Barack Obama delivers a statement about the economy as the nation grapples with the first downgrade of U.S. debt in the country's history, and will give an update on military operations in Afghanistan.

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It's A Free Country ®

Congress, Obama Reach Debt Ceiling Agreement

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

President Obama and Congress reached a deal on raising the debt ceiling today, averting a potential debt default just hours ahead of midnight deadline.

The framework for the deal, which was announced on Sunday by Congressional leaders, raises the debt ceiling in two stages - an initial $1 trillion now to stave off the threat of immediate default, and a second, $1.4 trillion to be proposed by a newly created congressional committee that would have to agree upon cuts.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama Can Call Debt Win a Victory, but It Would've Been a Better Loss

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The president's chief priority seems to have become racking up wins for the Administration. These often require moving the goal posts, declaring a touchdown and hustling off the field before anyone can point out there are many yards to go.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: As Tea Party Stands on Principles over Debt, 2012 Candidates Watch and Learn

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Tea Party representatives seem to be operating on the basis of a different philosophy, which is called "standing on principle." This has never been tried before in Washington D.C.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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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

On Day 12 of Minnesota State Shutdown, Some Residents Losing Patience

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's day twelve of the Minnesota government shutdown, now the longest state government shutdown in U.S. history. On the first of July, after Minnesota's Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to enact a new budget, the state sent home 22,000 state workers and closed 66 state parks. All but the most essential services were put on pause. Even the websites are closed.

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The Takeaway

Who Are the 'Gang of Six'?

Monday, April 18, 2011

They represent what may be the last great hope for a grand compromise on the budget crisis facing America. Their success or failure could mean either a new tone in Washington or a long fight to the finish of the 2012 elections. The fight also includes everything from raised retirement age and Medicare changes to higher taxes. But who are the Gang of Six? With the help of Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, we take a closer look at six men in whose hands the fate of a giant policy resolution may rest.

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It's A Free Country ®

Federal Budget Fallout: NJ Cities Brace for Impact

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In New Jersey, municipal officials are bracing for tens of millions of dollars in federal budget cuts due to the deal President Obama struck with the Republican Congress to cut $38 billion dollars in the current budget year.

Bill Dressel of the New Jersey League of Municipalities says it's bad ...

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It's A Free Country ®

Budget Challenge: Can Obama Shift From Crisis Management to Fiscal Philosophy?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As President Obama launches his campaign for a second term, he’ll be sharpening his talking points about his record. His speech on Wednesday will lay out exactly the way he wants to position the country on fiscal issues.

Leading up to the speech, he’s given mixed messages, depending on the audience. He's been both a big stimulus spender and a shrewd budget cutter. But the lack of a unifying economic philosophy - as well as any unity on the part of Democrats - has given him little room to maneuver when trying to retain his base and avoid scaring off independents. And while some Democrats are criticizing him for lacking political courage, most of them are out of office.

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