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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Resolutions: Reaching Your Financial Goals

Monday, December 14, 2009

Your Uncommon Economic Indicators launched one year ago. This month we’re looking for your uncommon economic resolutions. Jane Bryant Quinn, personal finance commentator and the author of the forthcoming Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy (Simon & ...

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WNYC News

Paterson Barrels Ahead with Budget Cuts

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gov. David Paterson continues to defend his decision to withhold $750 million in state aid to schools and cities. Starting tomorrow the governor will hold back ten percent of state aid payments across the board, affecting not only schools, but local governments and the state's ...

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Paterson to Withhold $750 Million in State Payments

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gov. David Paterson is unilaterally reducing $750 million in state payments due tomorrow, and schools are set to be hit the hardest.

The governor says the measures are needed because of the failure of the legislature to adequately address the $3.2 billion state deficit. With ...

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WNYC News

Two Minutes With…Kathleen Guzman, Auctioneer

Monday, December 14, 2009

Art appraiser and auctioneer Kathleen Guzman lost her full-time job nearly a year ago. Since then she's been putting her 30 years of experience to good use for Housing Works, the non-profit that funds programs for people in the city living with HIV and AIDS.

She ...

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Mad Men Take Hit: NY Ad Spending Down As Much As 15 Percent

Monday, December 14, 2009

New York's advertising industry took a big hit this year with total ad spending estimated to be down as much as 15 percent. It's causing some executives to rethink their approach. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: 2009 could turn out to be the worst year in ...

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Using Food Stamps in the Bronx

Friday, December 11, 2009

Photos by Stephen Nessen

Photos by Stephen Nessen

The Bronx has the highest proportion of food stamp recipients in all the five boroughs. According to city statistics, more than 400,000 people use food stamps in the borough –- 30 percent of the population. Since 2007, ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Governor David Paterson on the Financial Crunch

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New York's financial health continues to worsen, and Governor David Paterson has delayed payments to counties, schools, local governments and non-profit service providers until things improve. He discusses the current fiscal crisis and his plans for recovery.

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WNYC News

The Checks Aren't In the Mail for NJ Arts Organizations

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nearly 200 arts groups in New Jersey are waiting for state money -- more than $10 million in grants -- that was awarded last summer but frozen in fiscal limbo.

Arts organizations expected to receive checks in the mail last month, but state treasury officials now ...

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Fund for Free Legal Aid in NY Drying Up

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A fund that pays for free legal services for poor New Yorkers is quickly drying up.

A state Senate panel held a hearing about it yesterday, and heard testimony from Legal Aid clients like Terri Bush. She says a debt buyer sued her for allegedly not ...

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Paterson Offers Pension Reforms to Balance Budget

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Future employees of the state of New York will get less generous retirement benefits, now that Gov. David Paterson signed into law a bill creating a new pension tier.

Paterson says the state can no longer afford to be as generous with pension benefits as it ...

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WNYC News

Food Stamps Usage On the Rise

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Food stamp usage is on the rise. In the Bronx for instance, more than 400,000 people use food stamps. That’s close to 30 percent of the borough’s entire population. According to the city, since 2007 usage has increased 26 percent in the Bronx. WNYC’s Cindy ...

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WQXR News

Obama May Channel Funds Toward Jobs

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Will Congress channel federal funds toward job programs?

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Tiger Woods, The 'Celtic Tiger,' Listeners on Jobs

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

  • Business Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story says the companies that Tiger Woods endorses have pulled television advertisements featuring the scandal-plagued golfer.
  • Ireland Takeout: BBC Correspondent Mark Simpson on the massive cuts unveiled today in Ireland's annual budget, which make for a particularly sad coda to the "Celtic Tiger's" rapid economic growth in the 1990s.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from you, our listeners, on finding and keeping jobs both full-time and freelance.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Infrastructure and Jobs

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

In his economic address yesterday, President Obama highlighted three areas in which his administration will focus on job creation, one of which was infrastructure development. Michael Lind, policy director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation, discusses the national implications of the plan, and Petra Todorovich, ...

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WNYC News

Locals Demand Living Wage for Jobs at Kingsbridge Armory

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A City Council committee is set to vote this morning on the controversial plan to turn a former National Guard Armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: City Council members say it's the closest fight over any real estate ...

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Trial Begins for NY Concrete-Testing Company

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A jury has heard opening statements in the trial of a concrete testing company accused of faking results for some of the city's biggest construction projects. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the Criminal Court downtown.

REPORTER: Testwell Laboratories allegedly cut corners by fabricating test results used ...

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City Council Nearing Deal on Bronx Armory

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Members of the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say they’re just days away from a deal on how to turn the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall.

Officials from both sides say that retailers at the mall would get subsidies in ...

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WNYC News

Battle Brews Over Gowanus Canal Clean-Up

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

(by Stephen Nessen)

Oil and debris in the Gowanus Canal (by Stephen Nessen)

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is a polluted industrial waterway, and it has been for most of its 140 years. Bill Appel found this out after buying a house in ...

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WQXR News

Obama May Use TARP Money for Jobs

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The president talks about redirecting TARP money toward jobs programs.

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The Takeaway

Temp Workers Find More Jobs In November

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Temporary and contract workers may be the first to start feeling some relief as the recession ebbs. Temporary staffing companies found jobs for more than 52,000 workers in November, the most since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week. For a deeper look at the freelance market, we speak with Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of Freelancers Union. We also speak with University of Chicago Professor Susan Lambert.

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