FROM Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Update on California's Budget Woes Governor Brown today revised the budget to say that the deficit will approach $16 billion and that there are two ways to whittle that number down. The Governor used the announcement to pitch his plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy and sales tax on everyone else by a quarter percent. Whatever voters say to tax hike idea, Brown will have some big cuts to make with big fiscal and political repercussions. KCRW's Steve Chiotakis has a special report on California's budget woes.
The Democrats' Budget, a Budget Nobody Wants Late today -- for the first time in decades -- the state legislature late was on its way to passing a spending plan by the Constitutional deadline , which expires at midnight tonight. That means Senators and Assembly members won't get their pay cut. But Republicans are unhappy because they had no role in the process. Democrats are unhappy, even though the measure passed with all their votes . Governor Brown will have 12 days to sign it or try to work out something better.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.