MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir. And today, we're all about money with a show we're calling "Dollars and Cents." The author Edith Wharton once said the only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. And in this city, in these economic times, that line seems to ring particularly true.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
The District's unemployment rate is at a near record high. And Maryland's and Virginia's are on the rise. On Tuesday, officials in the district passed an income tax hike for residents who make more than $350,000 a year. And the fight got pretty heated.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1
Tell him to stop interrupting me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 2
I'm just trying to (unintelligible) Barry, I'm sorry.
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Point of information, chairman. Who's the chairman?
Thank you, thank you.
And, of course, there's that whole debate you might've heard of between the President and Congress over how to, you know, deal with the nation's debt. Well, we're going to drill down a bit and explore how money and, yes, the lack thereof, affects the lives of people in our region.
We'll talk with a homeless woman who's trying to climb out of a desperate financial situation and hear how local arts organizations are coping after losing a lot of federal funding. And, you know, those clipboard carrying canvassers who stand on the D.C. streets hoping you'll meet their eye and let them deliver their spiel, well, we heard from some of the folks who do those jobs and find out how they handle all the rejection that comes with the gig.
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