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Public unions have agreed to a deal that could save the City of LA big money. Also, the latest from Sacramento. Can the Governor and legislative leaders get the votes they need for a fragile compromise? Why does Proposition 13 bring more bad news for local government? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the President will have answers tonight about healthcare reform, but tomorrow a lot of questions will still remain. What are the hardest choices that will have to be made?  Does cost control mean rationing?


Banner image: California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (L) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg speak to reporters after legislative leaders and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reached a budget deal Monday to close California's $26 billion budget gap. Photo: Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott

Making News City-Labor Deal 6 MIN, 5 SEC

Los Angeles City workers have voted unanimously to defer pay raises and increase pension contributions, a move that could save the city big money. LA is facing a budget deficit of $530 million. Matt Szabo is senior press secretary for Mayor Villaraigosa.

Guests:
Matt Szabo, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Villaraigosa

Main Topic Does Healthcare Reform Face an Endless Summer? 27 MIN, 45 SEC

President Obama held a news conference tonight, and tomorrow he'll go back on the road with his campaign for health care reform. What's happened to his hope that Congress would act before the August recess less than two weeks from now?

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Marc Goldwein, Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
John C. Goodman, President, National Center for Policy Analysis
Matt Miller, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center' (@mattmillernow)

Main Topic A Light at the End of the Budget Tunnel 19 MIN, 47 SEC

The Governor and legislative leaders worked out a $26 billion compromise Monday, but it was unclear if enough Democrats and Republicans would go along. Yesterday, GOP leaders said they’d been "double-crossed" on releasing some 27,000 prisoners from crowded state institutions. Last night, Zev Yaroslavsky told us why he and other Los Angeles Supervisors plan to sue over some aspects of the state budget plan. But there’s no doubt that local governments are the biggest losers. The problem begins with Proposition 13. Today, the Governor, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg were in the arm-twisting business.

Guests:
Michael Rothfeld, Wall Street Journal
Mark Paul, Deputy Director of the California Program, New America Foundation
Anthony York, Los Angeles Times (@AnthonyYorkLAT)

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