fiscal cliff http://kuow.org en Canada, Culture And Commerce: Woody Allen And "Cliff" Redux http://kuow.org/post/canada-culture-and-commerce-woody-allen-and-cliff-redux <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Victoria Times-Colonist columnist <a href="http://www.timescolonist.com/authors?author=Les%20Leyne">Les Leyne</a>&nbsp;brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic <a href="http://roberthorton.wordpress.com/">Robert Horton</a>&nbsp;considers Woody Allen's classic comedies of the 1970s. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton&nbsp;reviews the aftermath of the "fiscal cliff" deal.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6271 at http://kuow.org Canada, Culture And Commerce: Woody Allen And "Cliff" Redux Congress Readies For The Next "Cliff" http://kuow.org/post/congress-readies-next-cliff <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The next cliff looms in Washington, DC, as the US Treasury runs out of borrowing authority at the end of February. There may be a decision about across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration," as well as a debate over the social safety net.</p><p>Will Democrats agree to cuts to Social Security and Medicare? We talk with economics writer&nbsp;<a href="http://baselinescenario.com/">James Kwak</a>&nbsp;about the political support for smaller government and less revenue.<br> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:49:39 +0000 Steve Scher 6227 at http://kuow.org Congress Readies For The Next "Cliff" Farm Bill Extension Leaves Out Many In Northwest http://kuow.org/post/farm-bill-extension-leaves-out-many-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010313AK_farmbill_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>RICHLAND, Wash. – Many Northwest growers are left out of the partial extension of the U.S. Farm Bill included in this week’s fiscal cliff legislation. The new law largely covers conventional agriculture and not the organics, specialty crops and conservation programs that our region’s farmers are known for.<p>A popular USDA conservation program encourages some farmers to turn their crop ground back into bunch grass or native forbs. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:45:10 +0000 editor 6100 at http://kuow.org Farm Bill Extension Leaves Out Many In Northwest Congress Reaches A Deal On Fiscal Cliff http://kuow.org/post/congress-reaches-deal-fiscal-cliff <p></p><p>The House voted 257-167 late last night to pass the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The bill now goes to the President, but sets up another confrontation over taxes and spending in just weeks. We check in with <a href="https://twitter.com/jacksonjk">Jill Jackson</a> of CBS News and hear from Representative Jim McDermott about why he voted against the deal.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5992 at http://kuow.org Your Take On The News http://kuow.org/post/your-take-news-10 <p></p><p>It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with <a href="http://elisanders.net/">Eli Sanders,</a> <a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback/">Knute Berger</a> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/">David Horsey</a>. Talks on taxes and spending are getting down to the wire in Washington, DC, and <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/12/26/d_c_area_starbucks_writing_come_together_on_cups/">even Starbucks is urging cooperation</a> to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Will there be a deal before the December 31 deadline?</p><p>We'll also take a look back at the region's big stories of 2012, from history-making decisions on marijuana and marriage equality, to Seattle's steps toward police reform and a deal for a third pro sports stadium. What stories caught your attention? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org">weekday@kuow.org. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5739 at http://kuow.org Your Take On The News Sen. Reid: Looks Like We're Headed Over The 'Fiscal Cliff' http://kuow.org/post/sen-reid-looks-were-headed-over-fiscal-cliff Even as Air Force One was about to land in suburban Maryland this morning — bringing President Obama back from his vacation in Hawaii to resume negotiations aimed at avoiding <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=164475099" target="_blank">the so-called fiscal cliff</a> of automatic tax increases and spending cuts — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on the floor of the Senate warning that a dive off that cliff seems inevitable.<p>"It looks like that's where we're headed," <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSessionPartOne2" target="_blank">the Nev Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:02:15 +0000 Mark Memmott 5732 at http://kuow.org Sen. Reid: Looks Like We're Headed Over The 'Fiscal Cliff' Signs Of Progress On Fiscal Cliff Talks http://kuow.org/post/signs-progress-fiscal-cliff-talks <p><br></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22px;">There are rumors of progress in Washington, DC, in the talks over how to move forward on spending and taxes, but House speaker John Boehner says Republicans have a "Plan B" just in case. We hear the latest on the fiscal cliff talks from Jill Jackson of CBS News.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22px;"> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5300 at http://kuow.org What The Fiscal Cliff Means For Washington State http://kuow.org/post/what-fiscal-cliff-means-washington-state <p></p><p>"We're building a budget assuming everybody works their problems out in the best interest of the nation." That's how Stan Marshburn, outgoing director of Washington State's Office of Financial Management is planning for the fiscal cliff.</p><p>He says we're likely to suffer either way. If we go over the cliff, we can expect 50 percent cut to state military spending. To avoid the cliff, federal lawmakers might agree to reduce Medicaid spending -- another precious source of federal money.</p><p>Marshburn tells Ross his biggest concern is consumer confidence, since Washington gets so much of its money from sales tax.&nbsp; He says reduced consumer spending could impact Washington's economy 10 times more than the actual fiscal cliff itself. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:16:25 +0000 Ross Reynolds 4773 at http://kuow.org What The Fiscal Cliff Means For Washington State Your Take On The News http://kuow.org/post/your-take-news-7 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/author/jbalter/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Joni Balter</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://elisanders.net/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Eli Sanders</a>&nbsp;and<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Knute Berger</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. Another week, another candidate for Seattle mayor as state Senator Ed Murray says he's in. Washington state ushered in history-making laws on gay marriage and marijuana. And in Washington, DC, Congress remained perched on the fiscal cliff. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">weekday@kuow.org<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 4725 at http://kuow.org Sierra Club Wants Coal Out Of PSE's Stocking http://kuow.org/post/sierra-club-wants-coal-out-pses-stocking <p></p><p>Puget Sound Energy owns and operates a coal-fired power plant out of Billings, Montana, that the <a href="http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/">Sierra Club</a> calls&nbsp;"the dirtiest coal plant in the West." The Colstrip Plant meets EPA emission standards and PSE touts its green-energy portfolio, with plans to triple its renewable energy supply by 2020.&nbsp;How does coal fit into that equation? And with coal plants generating 42 percent of America's electricity, how much impact would closing one plant have? We take a look with PSE's Andy Wappler&nbsp;and&nbsp;Anne Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 4274 at http://kuow.org Are The Rich Taxed Enough? The Rich Say Yes ... And No. http://kuow.org/post/are-rich-taxed-enough-rich-say-yes-and-no <p></p><p>President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff.&nbsp; The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire.&nbsp; House Republicans are opposed.</p><p>Seattle&nbsp;​entrepreneur and venture capitalist&nbsp;Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner&nbsp;Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough? Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:59:39 +0000 Ross Reynolds 3725 at http://kuow.org Are The Rich Taxed Enough? The Rich Say Yes ... And No. Taj Mahal On A Life In Music http://kuow.org/post/taj-mahal-life-music <p></p><p></p><p>Two-time Grammy Award-winning musician, composer and vocalist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tajblues.com/">Taj Mahal</a>&nbsp;is celebrating four decades in American blues and roots with a new album, "Maestro." He&nbsp;joins us in the studio to talk about his musical life and legacy ahead of&nbsp;a run of shows with the Taj Mahal Trio starting tonight at Seattle's Jazz Alley. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3624 at http://kuow.org Taj Mahal On A Life In Music