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Obama's Budget Holds Good News For Virginia, Maryland

Lawmakers in Virginia and Maryland have found gleaned some good economic news from President Obama's 2013 budget proposal, pending Congressional approval of course.

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O'Malley Finally Unveils Plan To Increase Tax On Gas

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley formally unveiled his plan for a gas tax to fund transportation projects -- it would hit drivers for two percent extra a year for three straight years.

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White House Official Cecilia Munoz On Budget Plan

President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget proposal calls for spending cuts and ambitious increases in education and transportation. But critics say it is nothing more than a re-election tactic. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
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Can Congress Ever Restore Payroll Taxes To Their Usual Levels?

What was once considered a normal rate will now be considered a tax hike. Reverting to the status quo is now politically dicey. That could affect Social Security's financing over the long haul.
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Pentagon May Cut Budget Of National Guard, Reserves

The Pentagon is deciding what to cut from its budget. Defense officials want to push many of the planned cuts onto the National Guard and Reserves. This is already leading to a campaign by Guard-backers to keep their forces strong. But active-duty military say cuts in recent years have taken too much from them, so it's the Guard's turn.
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Pa.'s Gas Boom Worsens Low-Cost Housing Shortage

The natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has new workers flooding into the state. That's causing a housing crunch in some communities, as locals get priced out of the rental market. One rural county in the northern part of the state has opened its first homeless shelter.
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Digging Deeper Into Obama's 2013 Budget

President Obama laid out his proposed federal budget for 2013 at a community college in Virginia on Monday. The $ 3.8 trillion plan calls for new government spending, including stimulus-style spending on roads. It also seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade
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Obama Promotes Job Training At Community College

President Obama unveiled his fiscal 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College Monday. His proposal includes $8 billion for community colleges to partner with businesses to provide training in job skills that are in demand. Students there were pleased to hear the president call for more support for their type of school.
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What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work

By 75, many imagine they'll be retired, but the number of working seniors is actually on the rise — and so is the senior unemployment rate. When people ask Ella Washington, 83, why she wants to go back to work, she answers with a question: "Why sit at home?"
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Obama Budget Calls For $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction

The White House released its fiscal 2013 budget Monday, which calls for a $4 trillion deficit reduction. The budget includes new government spending, paid for in part with higher taxes on the wealthy.

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