Jerry Brown's Budget: The Axeman Cometh
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There were no real surprises, but the newly elected Governor hopes release of his budget will be a reality check for all Californians. Jerry Brown said today there's no choice but to require "sacrifice from every sector." Welfare would be cut in half, the University system would take a 20% hit, and cities and counties might well be pitted against each other to continue services many people depend on. Voters will be asked for a 5-year extension of supposedly "temporary" tax hikes to make sure it's not a lot worse. Can Brown succeed where Schwarzenegger failed? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in print, on TV and on the Internet, debate rages over what led to Saturday's deadly rampage in Tucson. We update the facts and the blame game.
Banner image: California Governor Jerry Brown (C) walks with advisors to a press conference about his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Jerry Brown Presents a Gloomy Budget ()
With a $25 billion budget gap between spending and income, Governor Jerry Brown proposes $12 billion in cuts and will ask voters for $12.5 billion in extended tax hikes. He says there's no other choice. If the budget passes, the state won't be funding local redevelopment agencies. What will be left of the "safety net" for the aged, the disabled and the poor?
- Evan Halper: Sacramento Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, @evanhalper
- Jean Ross: Executive Director, California Budget Project
- Zev Yaroslavsky: LA County Supervisor, @ZevYaroslavsky
- Bernard Parks: Los Angeles City Councilman, @BernardCParks
- Bill Whalen: Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Saturday's Shooting Rampage in Tucson ()
Twenty-two year-old Jared Laughner was arraigned today in Phoenix, telling a federal judge he understood charges of murder and attempted murder. They stem, of course, from Saturday's deadly shootout in Tuscon. When proceedings resume in two weeks, they'll be handled by another federal judge who's not from Arizona. Doctors say it's good news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' condition has not changed since a bullet passed through her brain. She has been able to respond to simple commands.
- Jim Nintzel: Senior Writer, Tucson Weekly, @Nintzel
- Glenn Thrush: Senior Congressional Reporter, Politico.com, @GlennThrush
- Mark Potok: Editor, Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report
- Jennifer Rubin: former Columnist, American Spectator, @JRubinBlogger
- Dan Gerstein: former Communications Director, Senator Joe Lieberman
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