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“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”; that’s what Governor Schwarzenegger says about healthcare reform, even though Republicans are more opposed to his plan than the Democrats. Also, a non-profit foundation has launched a $6 Million dollar television campaign for action before the legislature goes home three weeks from now.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton
Vanessa Romo

Main Topic More Debate in Sacramento but Little Progress on Health Care Reform 16 MIN, 28 SEC

In January, all sides agreed that this was the year for Healthcare Reform in California.  The Washington Post said “all eyes” were on Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan requiring everybody to buy health insurance.  That was then, this is now. Democratic Senate Leader Don Perata says the budget battle left Democrats and Republicans “battered and bruised” and just 3 weeks are left in the legislative session.  Today, leaders of both parties met with the Governor today to talk about top priorities.      

Guests:
Mike Zapler, Reporter for the San Jose Mercury News (@mikezapler)
Robert Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment
Bill Bradley, New West Notes

Reporter's Notebook Mentally Ill Lose While Yacht Owners Win in Budget 8 MIN, 2 SEC

This year’s state budget will cause pain for state university students, mass transit riders and low-income elderly people.  Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed programs for the homeless mentally ill. But the new law makes it easier for owners of yachts, recreational vehicles and private planes to avoid sales taxes.  We’ll hear how it works.  

Guests:
Eric Nalder, Chief Investigative Reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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