Governor Jerry Brown invoked political demonstrations in Tunisia and Iraq tonight, challenging Republicans to let Californians vote on his plan to extend taxes in order to save public services. He said it's time for Sacramento to seek voters' guidance and that anything else would be "unconscionable." He also defended his plan to shut down redevelopment agencies and spend the money for police, fire and other local expenses. We hear more of his latest State of the State speech and hear reaction from Republicans and others. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Administration appears to be distancing itself from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, after 30 years of support in the name of "regional stability." In Cairo, protesters are defying another afternoon curfew with no opposition as yet from Egyptian troops, and there's talk of turning millions of people into the street tomorrow.
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Tonight, Governor Brown made the first State of the State speech since he was elected last year, his eighth in all, he reminded the legislature, if you count his first two terms. He lost no time in demanding that, when his proposed budget has been enacted, voters will get the chance to decide if taxes that are about to expire be extended to save public services. Cities and counties have been up in arms over Brown's proposal to shut down redevelopment agencies and use the money for other purposes. In contrast to former Governor Schwarzenegger, Brown read from notes and ad libbed after applause lines. Before tonight's speech was written, Brown told reporters it wouldn't all be bad news, and tonight he talked about the state's vast resources.
The Obama Administration appears to be distancing itself from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, after 30 years of support in the name of "regional stability." Protesters want much more. Tomorrow, they hope to raise more than a million people to demand that Mubarak step down. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof once lived in Cairo and he's back there now, talking to demonstrators and checking out his old neighborhood. We update the crisis with Kristof and others, and learn what the US can do now to stay on "the right side of history."
Leslie H. Gelb
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