First Take: Why We Hate (and Love) Taxes, Neighboring a Casino, Bullying at Work

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 11:11 AM

Casino chips (Jam Adams/flickr)

UPDATED 5:30 p.m.

Alex Goldmark here for the evening stretch. So far segments are swimming along smoothly and the sun is streaming in steadily to our WNYC office. Yes, that is cause for excessive alteration. Here are your updates to the plans for tomorrow's show.

While President Obama is meeting with world leaders in Washington about nuclear non-proliferation. The latest news is that Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao are in talks about teaming up to come up with stronger sanctions. We'll talk about some of the dangers of a nukes tomorrow, specifically dirty bombs that could result in the excess nuclear materials from deactivated military arsenals. How dangerous is active non-proliferation in an age of terrorism? 

The White House has floated a new prospect as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the coming vacancy of Justice John Paul Stevens. We have our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looking into this previously under the radar federal judge from Montana. Who exactly is Sidney Thomas? And why is President Obama letting out an extra name now when some people expected a predictable nomination announcement?


POSTED 11:11 a.m.

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

I don't know about you, but I spent my weekend doing my taxes. We're T-minus three days now until Tax Day, and after talking this morning about how Massachusetts is eyeing expanded gambling as a way to close its enormous budget deficit, we decided it's time to take a step back and look at Americans' complicated relationship with taxes. We generally think we already pay too much of them, but specific spending cuts can also be a tough political pill to swallow. We'll look back at our tax ambivalence and what it means for the bottom line of government budgets.

We'll also follow up on our gambling conversation from this morning by looking at one community that has neighbored a casino for more than a decade. The political debate about gambling focuses on the expected future impacts of gambling. We'll take a close look where the change has already come in the community adjacent to Connecticut's Foxwoods casino.

School bullying has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, but what about bullying at the workplace? According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, almost half of all American workers have either suffered workplace bullying themselves or been vicariously distressed by witnessing it. Nine states (including Illinois, New York, and Utah) have recently tried to make workplace bullying a crime, but there are still no federal laws in place to protect workers against bullying. Tomorrow, we're exploring the topic of workplace bullying, and want to knowHave you been bullied at work? If so, how did you handle it?

Finally, Conan O'Brien starts his comedy tour of in Eugene, Oregon. We'll hear from a reporter in the audience about tonight's show — and how different the act is from The Tonight Show.


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Comments [2]

The gambling house attached with your lodge sealed their gates in 2010 as a result of suffering organization throughout a occasion regarding economic downturn and also scorching opposition through Las vegas and also Indian-gaming casinos.

Oct. 14 2013 04:09 AM
Kathy from Torrington, CT

I am the CT volunteer coordinator for the Connecticut Healthy Workplace Advocates. We are affiliated with the Workplace Bullying Institute in trying to pass state laws that would make it illegal for anyone to be harassed, abused, or bullied at work without regard to protected class status (race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) We believe work should be a place where we can do our jobs, safely. My best friend from childhood was 46 when she took her life as a result of workplace bullying. She was a long-time federal employee, a scientist, and very hard worker. Her story was told in the Los Angeles Times and can be found at the WBI site; look for the name Marlene Braun. Since her death in 2005 I have learned a lot about bullying, and I did not understand how prevalent it is and how sick workers get from it, with anxiety disorders and even PTSD. What happened to Phoebe Prince can happen to adults too. It needs to stop.

Apr. 13 2010 09:06 AM

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