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Should State Employees Get a Pay Raise?

Former State Representative Tom Burnett joined me to talk about the Governor's budget, particularly what fat can be cut.  Bullock's proposed budget is $11.5 billion over two years and relies on nearly half the revenues from Washington, DC.  It reportedly represents an increase in spending of 13% and includes:

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Two Words Missing From The Sequester Conversation

How about a stripper making $80,000 a year getting a much needed $1,000 a month in food stamps that you and I pay for?

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Photo by Mike McCormick
Photo by Mike McCormick
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Mike McCormick and Tom Egelhoff Talk Money on Open for Business

In case you missed it, here's an audio replay of my Interview with Mike McCormick on the February 16, 2013 Edition of "Open for Business"

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) delivers opening remarks during a hearing on Capitol Hill November 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf presented the committee with the CBO's fiscal and legislative policy options for increasing economic growth and employment in 2012 and 2013, including increased aid to the unemployed, tax credits to lower and middle income households and reducing employees' payroll taxes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) delivers opening remarks during a hearing on Capitol Hill November 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf presented the committee with the CBO's fiscal and legislative policy options for increasing economic growth and employment in 2012 and 2013, including increased aid to the unemployed, tax credits to lower and middle income households and reducing employees' payroll taxes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Ten Year Forecast? Thanks for Nuthin’

What were the ten year economic projections made back in 1995? Did they take into account that three planes were going to kill over 3,000 citizens in 2001?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18:  (R-L)  Williams-Pyro President Della Williams, EADS North America Chairman and CEO Sean O'Keefe, Pratt and Whitney President David Hess and Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Robert Stevens testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The aerospace defense contractors likened the coming spending sequestration mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 as "cosmetic surgery with a chainsaw," "blunt force trauma" for the industry and "a Band-Aid on a bullet wound."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: (R-L) Williams-Pyro President Della Williams, EADS North America Chairman and CEO Sean O'Keefe, Pratt and Whitney President David Hess and Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Robert Stevens testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The aerospace defense contractors likened the coming spending sequestration mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 as "cosmetic surgery with a chainsaw," "blunt force trauma" for the industry and "a Band-Aid on a bullet wound." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Sequestration: What Is It, and Why Should You Care?

Since our elected leaders are so reluctant to work together, and with election campaigning beginning soon, they created a “doomsday” scenario.

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Montana State of the State

When I first proposed repealing this job killing business equipment tax a democratic representative wanted to know how I proposed to replace it? Why does that income have to be replaced?

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(Flickr Photo by quinn.anya)
(Flickr Photo by quinn.anya)
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Are You Paying Your Fair Share?

It all looks so good, and so wonderful on paper. The rich get their comeuppance and the 40-year old poverty problem is solved.

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Norquist: “This Fiscal Cliff is a Spending Problem”

My guest last Thursday was Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and the single man most responsible for the Bush tax cuts we now enjoy--which Obama will likely allow to expire at the end of the year.  What does that mean for you and me?

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 31: U.S. President George W. Bush signs H.R. 3678, the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 in the Oval Office October 31, 2007 in Washington, DC. The bill will extend certain tax free transactions that take place via the internet. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 31: U.S. President George W. Bush signs H.R. 3678, the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 in the Oval Office October 31, 2007 in Washington, DC. The bill will extend certain tax free transactions that take place via the internet. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Has The Time Come for An Internet Sales Tax?

Polls overwhelmingly show that the rank and file online buyer does not want a sales tax on Internet purchases.

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(Photo by David Guo)
(Photo by David Guo)
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Before You Start That New Business in January …

The Fiscal Cliff, economy, lack of job security and other factors cause many employees to question their control over the events in their lives. But the fear of business ownership can be just as daunting to someone who has never done it before.

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