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The City of Anaheim has approved a $75 million bond issue to get a third professional basketball team in Southern California, but steps to move the Kings from Sacramento have been delayed. A new proposal means the NBA might get more money if the Kings stay where they are. Are professional sports franchises really a good deal? Also, a new program at UCLA for Jazz, America's original form of music. We talk with legendary guitarist and professor, Kenny Burrell. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, today's taxes and tomorrow's financial problems.

Banner image: Fans of the Sacramento Kings cheer against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2011 at Power Balence Pavilion in Sacramento, California. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Tax Cuts and the National Debt 26 MIN, 54 SEC

Tax Cuts and the National DebtSince the days of Ronald Reagan, it's been an article of Republican faith that cutting taxes liberates money for the business investments that create jobs and increase prosperity. This day, when income taxes are due, is a good time to ask if that's true. Raising taxes has been anathema in Washington for 30 years, but the national debt has raised fears across the political spectrum. A new study shows even Tea-Party Republicans might be willing to pay more.

Guests:
David Cay Johnston, Reuters (@davidcayj)
Steven Kull, University of Maryland's Center on Policy Attitudes
Carl Cannon, Real Clear Politics
Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation (@StephenMoore)

Free Lunch

David Cay Johnston

Reporter's Notebook Graduate Program in Jazz at UCLA 7 MIN, 50 SEC

He's been called a great guitarist by other great guitarists, including George Benson and Jimi Hendrix, and played with musicians and singers including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles. He's made more than 100 solo recordings, which may be a record. He's also Professor Kenny Burrell, who started UCLA's Jazz Concentration in 1996, which he still runs. Now, with the Herb Alpert School and Herbie Hancock, he is working with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to establish a new graduate program at UCLA.

Guests:
Kenny Burrell, UCLA

Three Classic Albums

Kenny Burrell

Main Topic A Third NBA Team for Southern California? 18 MIN, 2 SEC

Today was the day the Maloof Brothers, who own the Sacramento Kings, were set to apply for relocation to Anaheim. That would add a third National Basketball Association franchise to Los Angeles, alongside the Lakers and Clippers. But LA's own billionaire, Ron Burkle, got into the act, along with Sacramento Mayor, former all-star Kevin Johnson. Now they have two weeks to show the NBA Board of Governors a better deal if the Kings stay put.

Guests:
Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College

Circling the Bases

Andrew Zimbalist

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