Marketplace PM for April 5, 2006

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Massachusetts has a plan for healthcare

The Massachusetts legislature has approved a healthcare plan it believes, in a couple of years, won't cost taxpayers a dime. Gov. Mitt Romney says he'll sign it. Other states are going to wait and see. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

DeBeers deal's ties to ANC questioned

South African diamond giant De Beers sold a stake in the company to an investment firm today. Critics of the deal point to close ties between the investment firm's owners and the ruling African National Congress. Stephen Beard reports.

GM's CEO discusses his turnaround plan

General Motors has been in the news a lot lately with slumping sales, an offer to buy out many of its workers, and the sale of its finance arm. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to GM's CEO, Rick Wagoner, about his plans for turning the company around.

Reich on savings

The Senate Finance Committee meets tomorrow to talk about how little Americans are saving. Commentator Robert Reich thinks he knows why — and what we ought to do about it.

Wealthy have benefitted most from tax breaks

That saying about the rich getting richer? It's true, according to two recent reports. John Dimsdale looks into the story behind the numbers.

Self-sustaining parks

You might not have given it much thought, but that greenspace in your town costs money. The burden has usually fallen on taxpayers. Now, a growing number of parks are sprouting corporate logos. Bob Moon reports.

Is tax-free trade enough for Pakistan's poor?

Although the US won't offer Pakistan nuclear technology, it has offered some Pakistani industries tax-free access to US markets. But Pakistani businessmen aren't satisfied. Miranda Kennedy explains why.
Posted In: Canada, Washington