income inequality

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Ohio has been gaining jobs over the last few years, and its unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years a few months ago. But there are other numbers in the state’s economic overview that raise concerns for a progressive group that reviews the economy each year on Labor Day.

Republicans in Congress are on the verge of fulfilling their longtime dream of eliminating the federal estate tax, and they could do it in a way that is even more generous to heirs than previous repeal efforts.

Bills passed by the Senate and the House recently would reduce or scrap the taxes heirs now pay on estates larger than $5.5 million. And the bills would do so without repealing the so-called "stepped-up basis" provision.

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Senator Rob Portman recently spoke about the gap between rich and poor, and called on Republicans to embrace a "constructive conservative" stance to address it. Everyone agrees that poverty is a growing problem, but solutions are contentious. This hour we'll look at the history and possible cures to economic inequality.

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10:00 If you watched the State of the Union address, you may have heard a pretty confident sounding Commander-in-Chief. The president laid out many agenda items including restoring upward mobility. He also said he'd expand opportunity with or without congressional help. This hour we'll look at the speech, and Obama's plans for his last two years in office. Guests