Feb 12, 2018

02/12/2018: The federal budget doesn’t work the way you think it does

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The fiscal year 2019 budget the White House released today isn't what you might call an "operative" piece of fiscal policy. Congress hammered out a two-year spending plan just last week, after all. But the budget is still worth a…

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Entrepreneurs starting to see opportunities in other people's food scraps

Feb 12, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to keep food waste out of landfills. One entrepreneur in rural New Hampshire is pinning her business to that goal.
Jessica Saturley-Hall, founder of the Upper Valley Compost Company, picks up a bucket full of food scraps in Grantham, New Hampshire. 
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On infrastructure, Donald Trump has a math problem

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Feb 12, 2018
Today, the White House outlined a $1.5 trillion plan to deal with our nation’s infrastructure problems — everything from waterways to highways to commercial space infrastructure. But the federal government plans to provide just $200 billion of that $1.5 trillion. Where…

The fiscal year 2019 budget the White House released today isn’t what you might call an “operative” piece of fiscal policy. Congress hammered out a two-year spending plan just last week, after all. But the budget is still worth a read for some of the assumptions the Trump administration’s making — like a decade of economic growth at 3 percent or more. We’ll start the show by unpacking that and the White House’s new infrastructure plan, and the math issues therein. Plus: Purdue Pharma, which makes the blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin, said it’ll no longer send sales reps to doctors to sell them on opioids. For a drug company known for its aggressive marketing, that’s a big deal. Our podcast The Uncertain Hour has been investigating Purdue and the regulatory roots of the opioid epidemic, and producer Caitlin Esch is back to talk us through the news.

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Pieces Sum 41
You Know I'm No Good Amy Winehouse
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I'm A Kid Jadu Heart