The People’s Business

Listen to The People’s Business on WRPI from 8:00 am to 9:00 am the first Thursday of every month – tune into 91.5 on your FM radio (within 75 miles of WRPI’s transmitter in North Greenbush, NY) or listen at www.wrpi.org worldwide. For information or to provide suggestions for future programs, contact Frank Mauro. During the program, questions and suggestions can be given to the program’s engineer at 518-276-6248.

Bob Cohen, James Parrott

September 6, 2012. Bob Cohen, the Policy Director of Citizen Action of New York and the Public Policy and Education Fund, joined the show. Citizen Action of NY is coordinating the New York activities of a new national campaign, Americans for Tax Fairness, to bring greater fairness to the federal tax code by ending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans.

James Parrott, the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, discussed the new edition of the State(read more)

Michael Mazerov, Gerry Norlander, Eric Kingson

August 2, 2012. FPI’s Frank Mauro spoke with Michael Mazerov, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who has written extensively on ways to close state corporate income tax loopholes and broaden state sales taxation of services. He also analyzes federal legislation that affects state taxing powers and has blown the whistle on a number of attempts by large corporations to secure special interest legislation to undercut state taxing powers. They discussed a federal bill… (read more)

Lynn Stout, Hugh Sinclair

July 12, 2012. Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law at Cornell University, discussed the way our perceptions of the role and responsibilities of corporations have changed over recent decades. Her newest book is The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations, and the Public.

Hugh Sinclair, an economist and former investment banker, has worked with various microfinance banks, peer-to-peer organizations, microfinance investment funds, rating agencies and investors. He discussed his recent book,… (read more)

Nikki Jones, Melanie Beam and Holly Sklar

June 7, 2012. Nikki Jones, the communications director for the Alliance for Quality Education discussed the current school funding situation in New York State and the Educate NY Now! campaign that was recently launched by AQE and other organizations concerned with the mounting threats to New York’s elementary and secondary education system.

Melanie Beam, president of Capital District Local First, and Holly Sklar, director of Business for Shared Prosperity and… (read more)

Chuck Collins, Madeleine Kunin

May 3, 2012. Frank Mauro interviewed Chuck Collins, an expert on wealth and income inequality in the U.S. and a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Madeleine Kunin, who served as Governor of Vermont 1985-1991 and as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland 1996-1999.

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