Changing Tax Policy | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : The Big Fix

Changing Tax Policy

Play associated audio

Tom from New Hampshire proposes not collecting any taxes from paychecks until a person's yearly income has exceeded the poverty line. Host Al Lewis points out that this could reduce the use of payday lenders. Guest Anthony Sanders thinks this would be an improvement over the current system, but would prefer a negative income tax. Dean Baker does not think this idea would work well because low income wage earners often have multiple jobs.

Graydon from New Elk Rapids, Mich., suggests implementing a flat tax. Guest Dean Baker doesn't like that this would raise tax rates for low and middle class people and thinks that rich people would find a way around paying taxes. Sanders agrees with Baker and says it is a political non-starter.

Mark from Massachusetts does not think it is fair that internet companies do not have to charge sales tax, so he wants to implement a single federal sales tax. Baker understands why local business owners do not like the current system. Sanders agrees with Mark that internet sales should be taxed but thinks that it's more likely online sales would be taxed at the same rate as purchases at local brick-and-mortar stores.

Music: "Closer To My Dreams" by Goapele

NPR

Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.
NPR

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.
NPR

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.
WAMU 88.5

Uber Tweaks Airport Pickups To Create 'Virtual Queue'

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.