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Proposal to Raise Gas Tax Has Allies Outside Congress

Thursday, December 05, 2013


The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to 18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to replenish the pot of money that pays for rail and road improvements.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Fiscal Cliff and New York

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Partnership for New York City, discusses how the fiscal cliff debate affects New York and her work as part of the Fiscal Leadership Council for the Fix the Debt campaign.

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30 Issues Data: How Much Does US Debt Concern You?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on the role of long-term debt here.

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30 Issues: Is The Debt Really A Crisis?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The actual significance of the national debt and how it might play into the election. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Opinion: Are Both Parties Headed Toward Fiscal Sanity?

Monday, September 10, 2012

I did hear something at both conventions that gives me hope about being able to avoid this fast approaching 'fiscal cliff', and get our government headed in a more fiscally sane direction.

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Opinion: The Senate Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire and All We Got Was This Lousy Economy

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb and Independent Joe Lieberman were right to vote against President Obama's political play to allow the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year to expire in a few months.

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Rep. Jim Himes: Budget Debate 'Profoundly Dishonest'

Monday, April 04, 2011

We're spending almost $800 billion every single year on the Pentagon, on our security. That's more money than every other country on the planet combined spends. That's not a sustainable thing, neither are the now three combat actions around the world. If we're going to be serious about long term sustainability, we're going to have to do, frankly, what [Defense] Secretary Gates proposed, which is $130 billion in cuts to the defense apparatus.

Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman (D-CT-4), discussed the budget negotiations on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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