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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.