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What’s at Stake: Jobs and taxes

From the beginning of the 2012 presidential campaign, probably no issues have received more attention than jobs and taxes. And perhaps no issues matter more to millions and millions of voters.

From Need to Know

Debate: Cleaning up the tax mess

Our tax code has been described as a morass of different rates, deductions, loopholes, and subsides that is different depending on each individual taxpayers situation. Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts who debate how to fix the tax mess.

Hard Choices

Times are especially tough for Americans with low-paying jobs – the working poor – who earn too much to qualify for many government benefits, but still not enough to be financially secure.

American Voices: Mae Watson Grote

Mae Watson Grote, founder and executive director of the New York-based non-profit “The Financial Clinic,” who is trying to inspire change on a local level by helping some of our nation’s most economically disadvantaged build financial security.

PBS Election Coverage:

Business and Economy

Explore the NewsHour’s full coverage of the business and the economy. Take special note of the primer for all ages: “What is the Middle Class?” And, explore the fascinating election feature: Patchwork Nation.

Washington Week in Review

Explore Washington Week’s collection of essential reads on the economy and the election


FRONTLINE, PBS’ Peabody and Pulitzer award-winning investigative series on business and the economy: news, analysis and signature documentaries. Don’t miss “Inside the Meltdown.”


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    Main Street: Findlay, Ohio
    Need to Know travels to Ohio to assess how workers are faring after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.
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    Following the money: Tax breaks
    New CBO report echoes the findings of Need to Know's "A tale or four tax returns."
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      Certifiably employable
    Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.