One of the propositions you're beginning to see TV commercials for and against is Proposition 87. With six weeks to go before the November elections, the pros and cons have already raised more than $80 million. Plus, at a $17 million-fix, what will happen to King/Drew Medical Center after the feds pull its funding?
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Federal officials say it's all over for King/Drew Medical Center, the hospital created by LA County after the Watts Riots of 1965. Now, three years after a series of patient deaths, the County has spent $17 million to make things right. But last week, King/Drew failed the last in a multitude of inspections. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have formally announced withdrawal of $200 million in funding, half the hospital's annual budget. Today, the Board of Supervisors held a closed-door meeting to decide what to do.
There will be 13 propositions on California's next ballot, plus local measures and countless races for federal, state and local offices. One of the propositions you're beginning to see TV commercials for and against is Proposition 87. With six weeks to go before the November elections, the pros and cons have already raised more than $80 million. Prop 87 would tax oil companies for every gallon of gas produced in California. The goal is $4 billion in ten years to reduce dependence on gasoline and encourage development of alternative energy sources. Oil companies would be prohibited from passing the tax to consumers but they claim that gasoline prices would skyrocket anyway. Can California tax its way to clean energy? We hear the pros and cons.
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