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It's the first day of a new fiscal year and the state budget's in worse shape than ever.  Can the Governor and the Legislature resolve their differences in the next 45 days?  Also, LA County's sales tax jumped to almost 10% today. Will it produce as much as voters expected when they passed it last year? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, six states, including California, failed to pass spending plans last night in time for the new fiscal year. Are bloated expenditures being brought under control or are states balancing budgets by cutting services people need?

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Reporter's Notebook LA County's Half-Cent Sales Tax Takes Effect 7 MIN, 49 SEC

Last November, more than two thirds of Los Angeles County voters approved a sales tax increase, which went into effect today. The total is now 9.75% on every dollar. Dan Weikel, who covers transportation for the LA Times, says the additional money is supposed to help fund transportation projects.

Guests:
Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times (@LADeadline16)

Main Topic Today's Repercussions from Last Night's Failure in Sacramento 18 MIN, 26 SEC

As we’ve heard, all efforts at compromise failed last night in Sacramento, and today the Governor called the legislature back for another special session to deal with the budget shortfall -- now $26 billion, $3 billion more than it was yesterday. We get an update on the impasse and its repercussions.

Guests:
Barbara O'Connor, Cal State Sacramento's Institute for the Study of Politics and Media
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (@PaulRogersSJMN)
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

Main Topic Will the Recession Push State Governments to Shut Down? 28 MIN, 21 SEC

The recession is wreaking havoc with state governments all over the country by vastly reducing the revenues they depend on from taxes on property, sales and income.  Last night, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, Ohio and California failed to pass balanced budgets by the start of the fiscal year.

Guests:
Steve Fehr, Reporter, Stateline.org
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Jerry Nickelsburg, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Emily Wagster Pettus, Mississippi State Capitol Reporter, Associated Press (@EWagsterPettus)
Dean Martin, Treasurer, State of Arizona
Nicholas Johnson, Director of State Fiscal Projects, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Tad DeHaven, Budget Analyst, Cato Institute

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