Will California become the only state in the nation with no welfare-to-work program? Could lawmakers preserve the safety net by raising taxes on cars and alcohol and delaying tax breaks for corporations? Also tonight, after yesterday’s primaries, it’s out with the old and in with the new in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas. What’s in store for Tea Partiers, progressives, Democrats and Republicans?
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It’s budget season again in Sacramento, with a June 30th deadline that hasn’t been met for the past 20 years. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed spending plan calls for massive program cuts and no new taxes—a formula for another extended standoff.
Shane Goldmacher, National Journal (@ShaneGoldmacher)
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance (@HDatFinance)
Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney (@Mike_Feuer)
Cameron Smyth, California State Assemblyman (R-Santa Clarita)
Yesterday’s primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania were billed as bellwethers for the November elections—with the establishments of both parties on the defensive. In Pennsylvania, five-term Senator--and former Republican--Arlen Specter switched parties last year with the endorsement of President Obama. But in yesterday’s Democratic primary, Specter lost.
Dick Polman, Political Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer
Joe Gerth, Political Writer, Louisville Courier-Journal
Janine Parry, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas
Mark Barabak, Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University