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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.
President Obama and the tax-and-spenders in Washington are gearing up to force through the Internet Tax Mandate.
This bill will create an online regulatory nightmare that will wreak havoc on small businesses to the benefit of large corporations and foreign competitors.
And to make matters worse, the politicians behind this scheme are plotting to sneak this through the House as quickly and quietly as possible.
Without your immediate help, I have no doubt this big-government boondoggle will be rammed into law. New and higher taxes would CRUSH economic growth and serve as a vehicle for massive new regulations that threaten the very existence of the Internet and the success it has allowed so many small businesses to achieve; and
Whereas: The Internet Tax Mandate could open the door to even more big-government control over the Internet;
Therefore: As my voice in Washington, I insist you vote against the National Internet Tax Mandate (S.743).
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
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.”
Our guest, sales superstar, Butch Bellah, talks with us about his new book,The 10 Essential Habits of Sales Superstars: Plugging Into the Power of Ten. You want more sales, more income and more fun! Butch is just the guy who can tell you how to get what you want. He's a sales genius and one of the funniest guys you'll ever listen to! Tune in for a good time and lots of good info about how to sell!
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