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Prosperity Campaign kicks off free tax filing program for low income households listen

01/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Workers in Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam costumes have started to appear on street corners. That means tax season is here. An organization that prepares taxes for free for low income individuals and families kicked off their campaign at Hillsborough Community College this morning.

The Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County connects low income families with programs to help them gain financial stability and find access to quality healthcare. This time of year they also push The Vol...

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Coalition calls for fairer tax system in Florida

01/20/12 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today we'll talk taxes, Newt Gingrich and the proposals to replace The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. First one listener comment.

A coalition in Tallahassee called Floridians for a Fair Economy this week announced the Fair Economy Act, legislation to end the tax structure that protects special interests and rewards the rich at the expense of hard-working middle class families. Here to talk about this is Karen Woodall who is the Director of t...

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Price of Civilization

12/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

In his new book THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION (Random House), economist Jeffrey Sachs says that civic virtue is declining among America’s political and economic elites. He says the US system of markets, laws and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful have no compassion toward the rest of society. He says the two major political parties are in the hands of corporate lobbyists and wealthy contributors. That tax cuts and stimulus spending don’t work. That the military industrial compl...

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State Rep. Franklin Sands explains his backing of a tax on bottled water

12/08/11 Robert Lorei
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On the first part of today's program: State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to collect a fee from bottled water companies that derive profits from the free pumping of millions of gallons of water daily from Florida’s springs and other water bodies. Last week Sands’ filed House Bill 781 which would charge large users of Florida's water supplies 5 cents a gallon. I spoke with him earlier today.

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Tampa moves closer to $50 million in federal funds for RNC "security"

11/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa is a step closer to getting $50 million of federal money for next summer’s Republican National Convention.

The House and Senate Appropriations Conference Committee has recommended the security funding. It’s included in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations “Minibus” which must be approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate as well as signed by the President. Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said today she expects a full House vote this week.

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How much does Pam Bondi's office spend to Photoshop?

10/07/11 Janelle Irwin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A visit to the website of Florida's Attorney General has us wondering: how much time and money does Pam Bondi's AG's office spend Photoshopping pictures.

click the photo for a slightly larger view of the screen shot of the AG's bio website Friday morning

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Should the rich pay more in taxes? Billionaire says yes

08/16/11 Robert Lorei
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Today we're going to have open phones but first I read a section of this op-ed written by Warren Buffett and carried in yesterday's New York Times, called "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich."

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How much do Americans pay in taxes?

08/11/11 Robert Lorei
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Over the past several days a lot of our listeners have wanted to talk about what Americans pay in taxes. They especially want to know if any income group pays no taxes and whether some people are undertaxed or overtaxed (compared to the rest of the country and rest of the world). We spoke with Rebecca Wilkins who is a Senior Counsel for Federal Tax Policy at Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington, DC. Citizen's for Tax Justice studies tax policies and how they affect A...

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Tampa MoveOn protesters to Sen. Rubio: "Jobs not cuts" listen

08/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jobs, not cuts, was the message of protesters today, outside Congressional offices across the country. About two dozen activists protested outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office near USF-Tampa.

The progressive nonprofit advocacy group Moveon.org called on it’s supporters to flood local legislative offices today to ask congressi...

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President Obama signs debt ceiling increase passed by Congress listen

08/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon President Barack Obama signed legislation to increase the nation's borrowing authority and avert government default. Congress linked the debt ceiling increase to deficit reductions. But they will be only accomplished through spending cuts, not revenue increases. President Obama said that for future deficit reductions, to expect even more cuts, including to Medicare, in addition to higher taxes.

“This compromise guarantees more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. It’...

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