By The Numbers

By the Numbers: Follow the Money

February 3, 2012
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate for 2010 … 13.9%The speaking fees income Romney characterized as “not very much” … $374,327President Obama’s reported effective federal tax rate on his 2010 family income … 26%Top tax rate for wages and salaries, which constitute most earnings for the majority of people … 35%Romney family income…

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By the Numbers: Why we need the Occupy Wall Street Movement

December 1, 2011
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State grants given to build Kohl’s department store in downtown Williamsport: $5 millionRetail jobs at Williamsport Kohl’s: 130Personal pay “earned” by NY hedge fund profiteer John Paulson last year by suckering investors & betting that the U.S. real estate market would collapse: $5 billionNumber of high-paying jobs John Paulson claimed to have created: 100Loan guarantee…

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By the Numbers: Who’s waging class warfare now?

October 1, 2011
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Take-home pay of the chairman of Merck in 2010 … $17.9 millionNumber of workers Merck plans to lay off this year … 13,000What the CEO of Bank of America takes in annually … $10 millionNumber of workers Bank of America has announced it’s laying off … 30,000Amount of nation’s income taken in 1979 by those…

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By the Numbers: the Pennsylvania 2011-12 State Budget

August 1, 2011
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Amount of Pennsylvania’s budget surplus at the end of fiscal 2010-11 … $785.5 millionAmount of surplus predicted by Governor Corbett’s March budget proposal … $78 millionAmount of a year-end surplus available by law for appropriation in the next fiscal year … 75%Average monthly enrollment in Medical Assistance (MA, or Medicaid) in fiscal 2010-11 … 2,265,543Medical…

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By the Numbers: June 2011

Annual cost per capita for public broadcasting in the U.S. as of 2008 … $3.75 Annual cost per capita to Canadian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $30 Annual cost per capita to Australian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $34 Annual cost per capita to U.K. government for public broadcasting, 2009 … $90.70 Percent…

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By the Numbers: April 2011

April 1, 2011
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Gourmet cupcakes delivered by AT&T to F.C.C .headquarters in Washington, D.C. last December as commissioners debated rules for Internet traffic… 1,500 Spending by AT&T to court T-Mobile for a merger, which requires F.C.C. approval… $39 billion Percent of the cellular market that would be controlled by just two companies, A.T.&T. and Verizon, if the merger…

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