The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

3/14/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are Dr. Alan Chartock, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Morning Edition host, David Guistina.

This morning our discussion topics include:
1. Pope Francis I
2. Shooting in Herkimer
3. NPR for younger listeners
4. H&R Block Filing Error

1:41 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Sanders bill would crack down on tax havens

U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders

MONTPELIER, VT. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is pushing legislation to stop corporations from sheltering income in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens. The legislation also would end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs and factories overseas.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Promotes Plan To Increase Spending On Education

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is campaigning for a big tax hike. Patrick is making the case that more revenue is needed to pay for things people say they want and need.

   Governor Deval Patrick, during a recent swing through western Massachusetts, pressed the case for raising  taxes to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.  Patrick met with students and faculty in a machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College. The program prepares people to work in the precision manufacturing sector.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal - Part 1

    The number of craft breweries has exploded in recent years. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is working on a tax change for such breweries.

New England News
12:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Tax Return Season Begins

The IRS has delayed the opening of the 2013 federal tax filing season until this Wednesday, January 30.  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is already accepting state returns. The D-O-R kicked off the tax return season with a new one stop web page.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner, Amy Pitter.

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New England News
4:34 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Gov. Patrick Asks Municipal Leaders To Back Tax Hikes

Credit Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick urged city and town leaders Friday to support his call for a big tax hike.

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mass. GOP wants to make tax hikes harder to pass

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
Credit Mark Crawley / Flickr

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make it harder to pass tax hikes or dip into the state's rainy day fund.

As part of a package of rules changes, the GOP wants to require two-thirds votes for all tax increases or withdrawals from the stabilization fund.

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New England News
9:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

The Massachusetts State-house in Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

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New England News
7:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick calls for income tax hike in State of the Commonwealth Address

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Credit Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has asked the Legislature for a $1.9 billion in new taxes to support major new spending on transportation and education.

In his annual state of the state address to a joint session of the Legislature, Patrick called for hiking the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while doubling the personal exemption for all taxpayers and eliminating dozens of itemized deductions.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov.Patrick To Propose Tax Increase

Credit AP Photo/Steven Senne

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to call for higher taxes in his State of the Commonwealth address tonight.

Governor Deval Patrick started making the case for higher taxes Monday when he endorsed a plan from the state department of transportation to increase spending by more than $1 billion a year on the highway system, commuter rail and regional transit authorities.

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