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The Green Revolution will produce jobs, but not like the dot-com boom.  What about the stimulus package?  We get UCLA’s latest forecast for state unemployment. Plus, what about billionaire Meg Whitman’s campaign spending? We talk to awestruck consultants from both political parties.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when the House passed the reconciliation bill Sunday, healthcare wasn’t the only subject. Also included was a massive overhaul of the student-loan program. Republicans call it a government takeover. What will a $60 billion reallocation mean for struggling students?

Banner image: Meg Whitman speaks at the 18th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day in Sacramento, on Wednesday, March 24. Photo: Eric Draper/Whitman for Governor 2010

Main Topic Student Loans: Does Public Money Need Private Administration? 26 MIN, 39 SEC

The big news on Sunday was House passage of healthcare reform and the so-called "reconciliation" bill that now goes to the Senate. Hardly noticed was that "reconciliation" also included the biggest change in the student loan program since 1965.

Guests:
Seth Stern, Legal Analyst, CQ Politics
Lauren Asher, President, Institute for College Access and Success
Brett Lief, President, National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs
Jason Delisle, New America Foundation (@delislealleges)

Making News UCLA Forecast Predicts Slow Job Growth through 2012 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Unemployment in California's at record heights, but it does seem to have leveled off.  What's predicted for the next couple of years is a reminder: Economics is the Dismal Science. Jerry Nickelsburg is Senior Economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

Guests:
Jerry Nickelsburg, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Main Topic Meg Whitman Shatters Spending Records 18 MIN, 34 SEC

The latest polls show that, without a day of political experience, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has built an enormous lead over fellow Republican Steve Poizner, and a small one over veteran Democrat Jerry Brown.  What is it costing her?  Today's Los Angeles Times says $358,500 a day.  That's $15,000 an hour or $249 a minute. 

Guests:
Michael Rothfeld, Wall Street Journal
Bill Carrick, Democratic strategist
Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution (@hooverwhalen)

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