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Tax Policy Debate: Raising Rates Versus Limiting Deductions

January 1st, , 2012 is just six weeks away and that’s the day tax rates are scheduled to jump and federal spending slashed,a prospect so dire it’s called the “fiscal cliff.” The biggest immediate obstacle to a deal to avoid that fate is the debate over taxes: President Obama vows to raise tax rates for the wealthy. Congressional Republicans oppose higher rates but say they could agree to curbing deductions and closing loopholes. Negotiations between now and year end are likely the opening skirmishes in much longer and larger to overhaul the tax code. Please join us to talk about tax rates, tax deductions and the policy debate ahead.

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Food Packaging & Pricing

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.

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