FULL SHOW: Day of Reckoning?, Taxachusetts, Unlimited Vacation

May 17, 2017

The fallout from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey has entered new territory with The New York Times’ that Trump asked Comey to close an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. According to the report, the conversation happened during a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Comey, which then Comey detailed in a memo. The White House has denied the claim, but lawmakers in both parties are looking for answers. Is this a time of reckoning for the GOP? Can Donald Trump govern with all this going on around him and his office? Farai Chideya, who covered the presidential race as a senior writer for Five Thirty-Eight and Dan Primack, business editor for Axios joined Jim Braude to discuss. 

That “taxachusetts” moniker the state has been trying to shake for decades may be once again rearing its head. With month after month of regular tax revenues falling well short of expectations, potential new taxes are the talk of some parts of the town. Among the proposals are taxing short-term rentals like Airbnb, higher taxes on future marijuana sales, and a surtax on millionaires. Then there’s this potential revenue sweetener: a state-wide tax on sugary drinks. Democratic state Senator Jason Lewis of Winchester, one of the sponsors of that sweet sin tax proposal, and Republican state Representative Joe McKenna of Webster joined Jim to discuss these new revenue generating proposals. 

Jim’s thoughts on a workplace perk most of us are letting die on the vine.


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