FROM Don Perata
Democrats Want to Raise Taxes With a 16 billion dollar deficit, Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a 10% across the board cut in all state programs. For the next two weeks, Democratic legislators will be touring the state for rallies to protect education. How do they propose to make up the difference?
Is California Ready for more Water Wars? After a very wet winter, California voters approved last year ten billion dollars in bonds for water projects that includes flood control. Now, after a winter of very little rain, both Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats are proposing more water bonds for next year. The Governor wants to build two big new reservoirs.
Privatize the California Lottery? California state spending rises faster than revenue, and nobody wants new taxes. Programs for the most needy people get cut first. Governor Schwarzenegger says privatizing the state lottery could raise up to 37 billion dollars. That could be enough to pay down 8 billion dollars in debt, start new public works projects and pay for universal health care. The LA Times says Democrats are skeptical, but that the promise of all that money puts them in a bind.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.