Upua assembly 4feb2009 :: 2:01:26 to 2:02:18
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1:55:31 to 2:03:00( Edit History Discussion )
Title: Michael Pipe

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

2:00:49 to 2:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Valarie Russell: Mr. Crivello.

Ralph Crivello: One of the duties listed in the election code, bolden and intentionally new, is to advertise the candidacy. In other words the open positions.  One of the things more than voter turnout, which has been steadily increasing since you made that documentary, is the fact that we don't have a lot of contentious elections.  We need more people to actually run so that they're competitive.  What do you plan on doing to advertise that people can actually get involved by running in UPUA as opposed to just getting people out to vote?

2:01:26 to 2:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

Michael Pipe: I'm just curious, out of a show of hands, how many people had a contested election?  OK, and of course the exec board.  I think it is a problem.  First of all, advertising, allocated in the budget, put things for putting it into the Collegian, other various things to advertise for.  I think a lot of it has to done students–to–students.  I think we have go to them and talk with  them, and I'm prepared to recruit a lot of people that I've worked on the campaign with and other student organizations that are active on campus to talk with students and explain to them in a very basic way how to run.  Also, allowing myself to be somebody they can come to ask if they have questions that they haven't asked me before.

2:02:18 to 2:03:08( Edit History Discussion )

Valarie Russell: Rep. Karasik?

Andrew Karasik: During your interview in the ID committee [Internal Development Committee] you talked about how you wanted to get debates and events and coverage televised on various channels.  Could you please elaborate on that so that everyone could understand that?

Michael Pipe: Yeah, sure.  Before I actually went on the Obama campaign I was the president–elect of Penn State Network Television, which basically had a few shows.  I had a talk show, but I still have a rapport with them.  I think one of the things we could do is talk with them about actually filming these events, putting them on TV first–off (I don't know if it's channel 33 or 72), but that is available for students to watch.  Also, putting these up on the web.  The big thing with that, the concern for anybody who knows film, is editing.

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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