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Wedesday, March 16, 2011
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1:21 – 1:39
City attorney wants to stop tagger from making money off graffiti
Christian Gheorghiu (GEHR-goo) is a sensation in the
Peter Bibring, staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California; he represents Gheorghiu and one other defendant
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1:41 – 1:58:30
Democrats’ solution to budget woes: tax the rich!
You could be excused if you’ve heard this debate before: in an effort to close a roughly $14 trillion national debt and $1.3 billion annual budget deficit, Democrats are proposing surtaxes on the richest Americans while Republicans are proposing steep cuts in discretionary spending. This is very similar to the debate that raged in December over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, which eventually concluded in a compromise between Congressional Republicans and President Obama that would keep tax cuts in place for all Americans for the next two years, including the richest. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the House & Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Senate have both introduced bills that enact new tax brackets for income starting at $1 million and ending with a $1 billion bracket, arguing that tax increases on the very rich can help control the deficit and preserve spending on social programs. Republicans have shown zero willingness to consider tax increases, sticking with a plan that would cut up to $60 billion in spending. What’s your preferred way to solve the country’s considerable deficit problem?
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois’ 9th District; Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democrats; author of the “Fairness in Taxation Act”
Member of the House Republican Conference
2:06 – 2:30
“Foolish” college kids messing up local votes: residency & ID requirements coming for voters?
College kids in a college town can tip the balance of an election, so much so that they’re becoming a threat to entrenched local political interests. “Voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do,” said William O’Brien, Speaker of the
Thomas Bates, Vice President for Civic Engagement, Rock the Vote
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Sam Polstein, Legislative Affairs Director for the Associated Students of Madison (UW-Madison's Student Government)
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2:30 – 2:58:30
How to get it (your credit score, that is) up
Need some inspiration to get your credit score up a little higher? One word: perks. Banks are aggressively marketing to those with excellent credit offering enticements like few or no fees, 0% interest on new purchases for one year on balance transfers, even free companion tickets on flights (if you are lucky enough to have Citi’s ThankYou Prestige card). On the other end of the spectrum, Bank of America is sending out notices informing customers who carry a high balance or make late payments that their annual fee is going up to $59.00. A year ago, a customer might not pay a fee at all. The recession has wreaked havoc on the housing market, Wall Street, and most of all American’s credit score. What can you do about it? Ask Patt.
Bruce McClary, media director, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
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- He has thirteen years experience as a credit counselor
Alexis Leondis, personal finance reporter for Bloomberg News
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