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Another Fiscal Year Starts Without a State Budget

It’s the same old story. Republicans want to cut programs, but they won’t say which ones. Democrats want to raise taxes, but they’re not specific, either. In the meantime, the deficit is 15 billion dollars and climbing. Voters don’t trust either side to make meaningful change. On Reporter’s Notebook, Bob’s Big Boy on Wilshire Boulevard will be no more.

Main Topic

California's Budget Morass ()

California has one of the world’s top ten economies, but the state’s budget system is being called “the most dysfunctional in the country.” Forty-six states began their fiscal years on the first of this month, but California is one of just four that don’t have spending plans. If there isn’t one before August 1st, borrowing to keep going will get very expensive, and the deficit is already 15 billion dollars.

Guests:
  • Neal Johnson: Director of the government performance project at the Pew Center on the States
  • Mark Baldassare: President of the Public Policy Institute of California,
  • Fred Silva: Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem

Reporter's Notebook

Googie May Be Historic, but Not a Chula Vista Bob’s Big Boy ()

Bob’s Big Boy on the Wilshire Corridor west of Highland is about to make way for a new BMW dealership. Blogger Marissa Gluck says the eviction will happen on the 31st of this month.
Guests:
  • Fred Silva: Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem

Underwriters

Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.

 

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