PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Monday, April 2, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30 OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
April 15th – once so far, now so near
Tax season is once again upon us, and we know that a lot of you are staring at a pile of W-2s and biting your fingernails. Or maybe you already filed and are smiling smugly as your friends have started cancelling dinner and vacation plans to get caught up. Regardless, you’ll want to listen and call in with your questions, whether they’re for this year or in preparation for next. Have you been unemployed or cobbling together multiple jobs? Are you in a gay or lesbian partnership and are wondering how to negotiate taxes for two in a system that doesn’t recognize you? Did you have to take an early withdrawal from an IRA and are wondering if you qualify for an exemption on the penalties? Bring us your questions, and we’ll find you your answers.
Selwyn Gerber, CPA and founder, Gerber & Co., Inc.
2:06 – 2:30
Frequent Flyers – who uses emergency rooms and what is it costing cities? [REPORT EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY]
John Gonzalez, senior writer, Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg
2:30 – 2:39
A penny not minted is a penny saved – Canadians ‘86’ their 1 cent coin
It costs more to make a Canadian penny than their penny is worth - 1.6 cents for a coin that has a value of 1 cent. It seems that minting pennies is a losing game, and our neighbors to the north have decided to discontinue producing their lowest denomination coin in the fall. Businesses will still accept them as legal tender but the Canadian government has begun to urge retailers to round prices to the nearest nickel. Although the U.S. penny may someday suffer a similar fate, honest Abe doesn’t have to worry anytime soon. Although there have been groups calling for Americans to do the same, a majority of us are reluctant to scrap our shiny one cent piece, regardless of the fact that U.S. pennies are even more expensive, costing the U.S. Treasury 2.41 cents a piece - a net loss of $60,200,000 in 2011. Are pennies headed back to heaven from whence they came? Can Americans abide by rounding to the nearest nickel or do you think the venerable penny should stick around?
2:39 – 2:50 OPEN
2:50 – 2:58:30
David Kipen, the founder of Libros Schmibros book emporium on