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Bipartisanship didn't work on Capitol Hill, but the massive stimulus bill passed anyway, as we hear on our rebroadcast of today's To the Point. As the budget stalemate continues, layoff notices went out to state workers today and construction projects were shut down. Even if the political deadlock breaks, California's condition is likely to get worse. Any budget deal worked out in Sacramento will have to be ratified by the voters. Will they agree to a spending cap and reverse themselves on school funding, mental health, and the state lottery?

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Making News Obama Signs Stimulus Bill, So What Do We Get? 6 MIN, 54 SEC

Despite today’s dramatic signing in Denver, it’s not at all clear just who will get what from the $787 billion stimulus package. Rob Hotakainen reports from Washington for the McClatchy Newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Rob Hotakainen, Washington Bureau Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic Will a Budget Deal Create More Problems Than It Solves? 19 MIN, 38 SEC

Ten thousand state workers and 275 construction projects are the latest casualties of the budget crisis in Sacramento. Lay-off notices and orders to shut down went out today. Meantime, one Republican Senator is still needed to pass a budget with $14 billion in new taxes, $15 billion in spending cuts and $10 billion in borrowing.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Tony Quinn, Republican political consultant
Joe Mathews, Zocalo Public Square (@joemmathews)

Main Topic Barack Obama Goes Back on the Road 25 MIN, 10 SEC

The $787 billion stimulus bill passed in less than three weeks of a new, Democratic presidency, with just three votes from Republicans whose party was drubbed in the last two elections. Now that bipartisanship has failed on Capitol Hill, President Obama is taking his signing show on the road with a stimulus signing ceremony today in Denver. 

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Jacob Heilbrunn, Senior Editor, National Interest
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
Jay Cost, Weekly Standard (@jaycosttws)

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