State Legislators Won't Get Paid After All
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State Controller John Chiang says, "The numbers simply did not add up," so he won't pay Senators and Assembly members until they send the Governor a budget that's balanced. The legislators thought they'd avoided the money-trap by meeting last week's June 15 deadline. We hear from Chiang and a Democratic Assemblyman who says the Controller's turning California into a "Banana Republic." What's next for the state spending plan? Also, can Frank McCourt make the Dodgers' next payday? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Social Security, the deficit and AARP.
Banner image: Michelle Rousey sits in her wheelchair with her dog Merlin during a budget demonstration outside of the California State building on June 14, 2011 in Oakland, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
State Legislators Won't Get Paid After All ()
Last Wednesday, faced with losing their pay by failing to meet the June 15 deadline, the Assembly and Senate passed a budget. On Thursday, Governor Brown stunned Sacramento by casting a veto. Today, Controller John Chiang said the legislators won't get paid after all, because the budget was never balanced.
- John Chiang: California State Controller
- Mike Gatto: California State Assemblyman (D-Burbank, Glendale), @mikegatto
- John Myers: KQED Public Radio, @johnmyers
Judge Pushes Dodgers Closer to Sale ()
Now that Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has rejected Frank McCourt's deal with Fox Sports TV, McCourt has until next Thursday to meet the Dodgers' next payroll. If he fails, Selig could seize the team "in the interests of organized baseball." Molly Knight reports for ESPN The Magazine.
- Molly Knight: ESPN The Magazine
Is AARP Leading the Way to Cuts in Social Security? ()
Last week, the Wall Street Journal quoted John Rother, policy director of the AARP saying, "The ship was sailing. I wanted to be at the wheel when that happens." What he was talking about was AARP's decision that cuts in Social Security might be necessary. In Washington, and around the country, the reaction was deafening. Had AARP changed its position? Should Social Security become part of deficit reduction? We hear an argument directly affecting America's most reliable voting bloc.
- David Certner: AARP
- Arthur Delaney: Huffington Post, @ArthurDelaneyHP
- Ryan McConaghy: Third Way
- Roger Hickey: Campaign for America's Future
- Fred Lynch: Claremont McKenna College, @CMCtoday
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