Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
Boehner must be realizing now that what keeps his caucus happy is very different than what keeps voters back home happy.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Recap from It's a Free Country.
Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
You don't see much fiscal sanity from either major party anymore, but the GOP has been especially off the deep end over the last few years. This is why I find it notable that one idea coming from a conservative senator is right in line with the sort of commonsensical fiscal ideas we need more of in our country, to set us on a path to solvency.
Monday, December 05, 2011
After an eventful weekend, GOP presidential candidates are gearing up for the influential Iowa caucuses. Democrats on Capital Hill hope to pass a payroll tax cut in the face of Republican opposition. Abroad, the euro debt crisis continue to loom over the world economy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are meeting ahead of the Brussels summit on Friday to discuss greater fiscal coordination between European countries, and Italy's new government looks to pass austerity measures to ease their debt.
Monday, February 28, 2011
By Jim O'Grady
MTA Chairman Jay Walder faced repeated questions at a hearing in Albany Monday from suburban legislators about a payroll tax that the state legislature approved in 2009 to bail out the agency. The tax applies to businesses in the 12 counties the MTA serves.