FROM Yusef Robb
Proposition 87 The movie stars and political celebrities campaigning for Proposition 87 range from Bill Clinton and Al Gore to Julia Roberts. Prop 87 would tax oil companies $4 billion to develop alternative energy, and prohibit them from passing the taxes on to consumers. The goal is to fund development of alterative energy sources and reduce petroleum consumption by 25%. But is it fair to tax one industry to pay for another? What do the measures backers have to gain for themselves?
Proposition 87: Can California Tax Its Way to Clean Energy? There will be 13 propositions on California's next ballot , plus local measures and countless races for federal, state and local offices. One of the propositions you're beginning to see TV commercials for and against is Proposition 87 . With six weeks to go before the November elections, the pros and cons have already raised more than $80 million. Prop 87 would tax oil companies for every gallon of gas produced in California. The goal is $4 billion in ten years to reduce dependence on gasoline and encourage development of alternative energy sources. Oil companies would be prohibited from passing the tax to consumers but they claim that gasoline prices would skyrocket anyway. Can California tax its way to clean energy? We hear the pros and cons.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.