Understanding the proposal to tax the ultra-wealthy, Comparing iconic Wisconsin desserts

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, arrives for a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Manchin, a crucial 50th vote for his party on President Joe Biden’s proposals, said Sunday he would vote against federal voting rights legislation sponsored by his own party. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

We discuss how a plan by Democrats to increase taxes on exceptionally rich people in order to help fund several massive social development, infrastructure and climate change packages would work. Then a longtime member of Team Cream Puff from the state fair and a master of Midwest cooking answer a listener question regarding the relative prominence of kringle and cream puffs in the mouths and hearts of Wisconsinites.

Featured in this Show

  • The latest on Democrats' plan to tax billionaires to pay for spending bill

    Democrats are hoping to impose a new tax on the ultra-rich as part of a social policy and climate package they want to pass this week. We look at how the proposal would work, why conservatives are opposed to it, and how likely it is to pass.

  • WHYsconsin: The great cream puff and kringle debate

    We discuss the history, culture and culinary characteristics that make cream puffs and kringle each special Wisconsin treats in their own right. And we get to the bottom of which one people truly prefer.

    This segment was inspired by an audience question as part of the WHYsconsin project. Submit your question at wpr.org/WHYsconsin and we might answer it in a future story.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • David Primo Guest
  • Paula Hare Guest
  • Shauna Sever Guest

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