This edition: Zero Tax GameTweet
Original tape date: November 10, 2014.
First aired: November 12, 2014.
First, veterans: on the plus side, homelessness amongst veterans is reportedly down in the City. But just as critics say the Mayor's Office for Veterans Affairs may be too small for such a large population, the even smaller Veterans Advisory Board is reportedly neglected and hard to reach. To discuss the disarray, reporter Kristen Meriwether of Gotham Gazette and Jason Hansman, the director of external relations at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Then, as an antidote to New York State's reputation as a harsh tax environment for businesses, Governor Cuomo launched Start-Up New York, a zero tax program for certain businesses. But the experiment has its critics. To discuss, Leslie Whatley, the executive vice president of Start-Up New York. And Skyping in from Albany, Ron Deutsch, director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.
Next, men having babies. Hiring surrogate mothers is illegal in New York. Is that unfair to gay men who want families? On the program, Anthony Brown, chairman of "Men Having Babies," and Nathan Schaefer, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
And then, in the Public Intellectual segment, a new study shows that if you pay people to stop and think about it, they will be more likely to see their political opponents positively and then consider making the effort to compromise. To explain, lead author Adam Waytz, assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University.
Then finally, a new book celebrates a time when Tribeca was an epicenter of jam band vibrations. "Wetlands NYC History: A Visual Encore" celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Wetlands Preserve, a rock club where bands such as Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler played before the unique venue closed its doors in 2001. To discuss, author and Wetlands co-founder, Laura Bloch Bourque.
Laura Bloch Bourque Co-Founder, Wetlands Preserve
Anthony Brown Chairman of the Board, MenHavingBabies.org
Ron Deutsch Director, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
Jason Hansman Director of External Program Relations, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Kristen Meriwether Reporter, Gotham Gazette
Nathan Schaefer Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Adam Waytz Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University
Leslie Whatley Executive Vice President, Start-Up New York