UCLA Prepares for the Budget Axe
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Tuition at UC campuses is now almost $12,000 a year and that could double if voters don't give Governor Brown the tax increases he's asked for. Are Republican legislators turning their backs on the institutions that got them where they are? Are increasing numbers of foreign students accepted instead of Californians because they have to pay more? We talk with the Chancellor at UCLA, and hear from the President pro Tem of the State Senate, who wants to give cities, counties and school districts the power to raise taxes on their own. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Afghanistan and Pakistan after Osama.
Banner image: Students cross Bruin Walk, the central artery running through campus.
Los Angeles Files Suit against 'Slumlord' Deutsche Bank ()
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says one of the biggest slumlords in Los Angeles is Deutsche Bank. After a year long investigation, he's accused the German financial house of illegal evictions, shut-offs of water and power and letting 2000 foreclosed properties run down.
UCLA Prepares for the Budget Axe ()
State budget cuts mean higher tuition at the University of California, which has tripled to $11,600 in the past ten years. If voters don't give Governor Brown a tax increase, UC tuition could rise to $20,000 or $25,000. Gene Block, the Chancellor at UCLA, says 29 out of 42 Republican legislators have received educational benefits they're denying to future generations.
Letting Cities Raise Their Own Taxes ()
California's $25 billion budget gap will be partly closed by $12 billion in spending cuts passed by the Assembly and Senate. Republicans have refused to allow a statewide vote on a $12 billion tax increase to make up the rest. Now the President Pro Tem of the State Senate, Democrat Darrell Steinberg, has introduced a plan to allow cities, counties and school districts to raise taxes on their own.
AfPak, after Osama ()
Osama bin Laden is history, but the war in Afghanistan goes on. Meantime, the Obama Administration sounds conflicted when it comes to Pakistan. The White House calls it "a key partner in the fight against al Qaeda and terrorism." But CIA Director and prospective Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a congressional briefing, "Either they're involved or incompetent."
- Brian Katulis: Center for America Progress, @Katulis
- Stephen Biddle: Council on Foreign Relations
- Sebastian Rotella: ProPublica
- Shuja Nawaz: Atlantic Council of the United States
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