Upua assembly 4feb2009 :: 2:00:06 to 2:00:27
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Title: Michael Pipe

Michael Pipe's confirmation as Deputy Commissioner for Election Publicity in the 2009 UPUA elections.

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Valarie Russell: Questions?  Rep. Colleen Smith?

Colleen Smith: Hi.  Do you have any specific plans or ideas on how to get students with specific ideas involved in the battle?

Micheal Pipe: What was your last name?  Smith?  Sure, three things: we need to get students interested in feeling like they have a voice in the process, so what I'd like to do is recruit students to basically do student ones–on–ones's, and what this would basically would we would sit down with students, tomorrow, and start asking them "what are the issues that you want to see your student government talk about?"  I think this is going to help us generate a lot of buzz on campus and begin momentum.  I think that one of the problems of past elections is that the first time student would actually start thinking about voting was on election day, so you would have no momentum, so we can create that momentum early–on, get students engaged, I think that we will have a great chance of getting a good turn–out.  That's #1, sitting down with students and talking with them.

2:00:06 to 2:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Michael Pipe: Second, for our generation YouTube is essential.  We're going to utilize YouTube.  All of the debates, all of the candidate sessions, and actually some of the interviews that we do with students one–on–one will be videotaped and put on the website.  That's a suggestion.  Then, that will also help build momentum because every so often they could go check on these videos online.

2:00:27 to 2:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

Michael Pipe: Thirdly, an idea that I had that I don't know if the [election bylaws that we've passed allow us to do so], but early voting.  I think that is something that could actually generate more votes, if we elongate the election into three days and have people vote. I think that could generate some buzz.  That's something maybe future elections would be able to [implement].

More and more people on "relatively modest salaries" are being dragged into becoming higher-rate taxpayers, Budget analysis suggests.

The number of higher rate taxpayers, who pay a chunk of their income at the 40% tax level, could rise from 3.7m last year to 5m by 2014.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) made the prediction after studying changes to tax levels in the Budget.

However, lower-income families will benefit from the changes.

In the Budget, the government also decided to end age-related tax allowances for pensioners.

The IFS said that move will cause pensioners to lose 0.25% of their income in 2014.

'Millionaires pay less'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls criticised the changes to pension allowances.

"The fact is the normal increase in the state pension just keeps up with inflation, but cuts to personal allowances in the Budget will mean 4.4 million pensioners are worse off in real terms," he said.

"It's now even clearer that this was a Budget that asked millions to pay more so millionaires could pay less."

But Chancellor George Osborne told the BBC that no pensioner would be worse off in cash terms, including the "largest increase in the state pension" next month.

"The net changes made by this government, including introducing this triple lock, mean that pensioners are better off."

The tax-free chunk of income, known as the personal allowance, is rising for the under-65s to �9,205 in April 2013.

The IFS said this would cost the Treasury an estimated �3.5bn, and would mean 675,000 fewer people would pay income tax.

From 6 April, people earning taxable incomes of up to �34,370 will pay 20% in tax and people earning between �34,371 and �150,000 are taxed at 40%.

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