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Travelers around the country are seeing thousands of flight delays, many up to 2 hours, the result of furloughs the Federal Aviation Administration started earlier this week following sequestration cuts which went into effect last month. The FAA, like many other agencies, are requiring their 47,000 employees - including 13,000 air-traffic controllers – to take extra unpaid days off, one day for every two weeks in this case.
In addition to the inconvenience for travelers, per the Passenger Rights Act passed in 2011, airlines are expected to compensate them for delays and time spent on the tarmac. Airlines, as a result, are calling on the government to fix the furlough issue or, at least, give them exceptions while furloughs are in effect.
It’s one of the first obvious effects sequestration is having on the general population, but if you are expecting Washington to do anything about it, don’t hold your breath. Rather both parties are pointing fingers at each other.
Senator Pat Toomey argued the FAA could cut from less important areas. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers accused the administration of mishandling the situation.
Democrats counter Republicans could have avoided the situation and only they now have the power to abate the impact. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Congress botched the job and the FAA had no choice but to cut back in labor costs to absorb the sequestration cuts.
One thing everyone seems to agree on is that it will only get worse as we head into the summer travel season if no action is taken.
We talk to Jim Marinitti, an Air Traffic Controller at Miami International Airport and Bob King, Energy & Transportation Editor for POLITICO.
The we talk internet sales tax with Tracy Gordon, Fellow for Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution.
The political battles around sales taxes and the Internet have raged on for years. The solutions that seem the most fair to the states are the least fair to online retailers. Debates have been coming to a close, however, as we are now in the final steps of passing an Internet Sales Tax Bill that is not without problems. This has not passed yet and is not signed into law. It probably will be, so let's go ahead and talk about what this means. Read more... http://www.stevenkaylive.com/article.php?id=362
The Senate approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal on Monday, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases. The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million outside of states where they have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.
Anti-tax groups seem to be losing their influence as Republican lawmakers’ constituents support legislation that would require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes.
Then, on Thursday, the White House told Congressional leaders that the nation’s intelligence agencies had determined, “with varying degrees of confidence,” that Mr. Assad’s government had used sarin, a chemical agent, on a small scale. President Obama said last summer that use of chemical weapons was a “red line” that, if crossed, could prompt the United States to intervene, but administration officials made clear that more conclusive evidence would be necessary before any action would be taken.
“We never asked, nor did we encourage, the United States to take military action in Syria,” Mr. Steinitz said at a conference in New York sponsored by The Jerusalem Post. “And we are not making any comparison or linkage with Iran, which is a completely different matter.”
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This is a special show in which we will be discussing proposed federal legislation intended to establish a unified system of taxation of internet sales.
Our featured guests include:
United States Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming, a co-sponsor of the Senate Bill; United States Congresswoman Jackie Speiers, from California, a co-sponsor of the house bill; Betsy Laird, Senior Vice President, Office of Global Public Policy for ICSC; David French, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the National Retail Federation; Robert W. Wood, Esq. of Wood, LLP, a tax attorney who has written numerous articles for Forbes and specifically, regarding this issue; and Steven DelBianco, Executive Director of NetChoice, a coalition of trade associations, eCommerce Businesses, and online consumers; During this conversation, we will be exploring the reasons why these bills have been proposed, why federal the federal government has gotten involved in what seems to be state taxation issues, who benefits from this legislation and whose interests will be most negatively effected.
This show is not an endorsment of the proposed legislation, but is an attempt to air out and fully express both sides of the argument so that our legislators and listeners can make the best informed decision possible.
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