California Budget Battle Continues
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California will take in $6.6 billion more in revenue than the Governor expected when he first proposed a new budget in January. Today, he revised his plan, but it still includes extending increases in the sales tax and the vehicle license fee. The increase in income taxes can be deferred. Will that be enough get Republicans to approve a vote of the people, or will Democrats do it themselves? Also, LA school librarians on the witness stand defending their jobs. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the GOP, healthcare and political confusion.
Jerry Brown and the Incredible Shrinking State Deficit ()
Governor Brown inherited a $25 billion deficit, which he and the legislature cut in half with spending cuts. Then revenues turned out to be $2.5 billion more than expected. Today, when Brown unveiled his revised budget proposal, anticipated revenues were up by $6.6 billion. Because of the state's two-thirds voting requirement, Brown's proposal still needs two Republican votes in both the Assembly and Senate.
Librarians Get the Third Degree ()
On most days, LA Unified's school librarians are "fielding student queries about American history and Greek mythology and retrieving copies of vampire novels." But these days, they are on the witness stand in an improvised courtroom, facing interrogation from school attorneys, while "armed police officers hover nearby." That's according to Hector Tobar, columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
- Hector Tobar: Los Angeles Times
The GOP and the Healthcare Battle ()
After the economy, the biggest political issue in this pre-election year is the role of government in providing medical care. It once looked like a guaranteed loser for Democrats, but can the Republicans get their act together?
- Jim Rutenberg: New York Times, @jimrutenberg
- Anya Rader Wallack: Vermont Governor's Office
- Peter Suderman: Reason magazine
- Jonathan Cohn: The New Republic, @CitizenCohn
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