Sacramento Gets Serious about Money
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Governor Schwarzenegger's wrong about some things, but he's right that the state needs a tax increase. That's according to the Legislative Analyst, Sacramento's most respected non-partisan voice. We talk with him. Also, the US Supreme Court rules against whales, and five million people will be part of tomorrow's Great Southern California ShakeOut, billed an effort to get serious about the threat of an earthquake and have fun, too.
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Supreme Court Rules against Whales ()
The US Navy can start blasting high-powered sonar off the coast of California whether it poses a threat to whales and other marine animals or not. That's according to the US Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a 5-to-4 decision that faulted judges in California for "second-guessing" the Navy. David Savage covers the court for the Los Angeles Times.
Budget Gap Is 'Awful,' Legislative Analyst Says ()
Governor Ronald Reagan said he was so opposed to income tax withholding in California that his feet were in concrete. When he finally approved it, he said, "The concrete cracked." Last week the concrete cracked around Governor Schwarzenegger's feet. In addition to spending cuts to help solve the state's fiscal crisis, he called for an increased sales tax and a $12 annual vehicle license fee. Although fellow Republicans in the legislature still insist that's the wrong thing to do, especially in a recession, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst has chimed in, calling the Governor's proposals "credible" but differing over some details.
- Mac Taylor: Legislative Analyst, State of California
The Great Southern California ShakeOut ()
Southern California is earthquake country, and seismologists are certain the Big One is on its way. But nobody listens to dire warnings. Tomorrow, five million people are scheduled to get serious, and have a good time, in the Great Southern California ShakeOut. Lucy Jones is the US Geological Survey's scientist-in-charge for Southern California.
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