Sen. Sanders On Gas Prices, Citizens United And Gun Control
07/26/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Senator Bernie Sanders has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate why gas prices in northwestern Vermont have been notably higher than elsewhere in the region. He has also been advocating for a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. We talk to Sanders about these and other issues, including FEMA Irene reimbursements, the recently passed Transportation Bill, which provides about $464 million to Vermont, and gun control, in the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Plus, credit card swipe fees are back in the news. A lawsuit filed by 7 million U.S. retailers against Visa and MasterCard has led to a proposed settlement that would return more than $6 billion to merchants and lower swipe fees for 8 months. But this solution does not sit well with all business owners. WalMart, Target, and the National Association of Convenience Stores all oppose the settlement. And in Vermont, some retailers are also frustrated. We talk with Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association, which has concerns about the proposed settlement.