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Insight: Amazon Tax Referendum / SacPress / Debt Ceiling / Visual Abilities of Infants

Amazon Tax Referendum The state legislature's battle to tax online companies is heating up. California's Attorney General Kamala Harris gave Amazon.com approval to start a signature drive to place a measure on the 2012 ballot that would overturn the recent online tax collection law approved in the state budget. The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Reporter Kevin Yamamura has been covering the story.  We'll talk with him about the players and the possibility of a 2012 ballot measure.

SacPress In our regular weekly segment, SacramentoPress.com Editor-in-Chief David Watts Barton tells us about some local issues in the news this week.

Debt Ceiling For weeks United States lawmakers have been entrenched in partisan positions in a debate over whether to raise the nation's debt limit or default on the nation's moneys owed.  And there's no compromise in sight.  Steven Sheriffin, former UC Davis economics professor and current professor at Tulane University tells us what will happen to the general public if congress fails to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling. 

Visual Ability of Infants Former UC Davis graduate student Faraz Farzin has been studying the visual abilities of infants at UC Davis' Mind Institute in Sacramento.  In a recently published a paper titled, "Speed Limit on Babies' Vision," she concludes that an infant's ability to track rapidly changing shapes and figures is ten times slower than an adult's ability to track the same object.  We'll talk with Farzin from Stanford University, where she is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow.    

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
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