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Jerry Brown's Armageddon Budget for State Education

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Governor-elect Jerry Brown has held two public discussions about the state's $28 billion shortfall, and some Sacramento observers say he's pursuing a "doomsday strategy." That means presenting voters with a bare-bones budget so draconian it'll scare them into approving new taxes. Education would be a big part of the package. We hear how Brown addressed it yesterday at UCLA. As to the "doomsday strategy," what if the voters say "no?"  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Congress passed healthcare reform and the states are putting it into effect, but the battle continues in the political arena and in the courts. We ask if Republican challenges to healthcare reform might backfire in favor of the Democrats, and hear how George W. Bush's judicial nominees are changing constitutional law. 

Banner image: Budget decisions facing Governor-elect Brown could generate protests like those organized last year the LA's teachers union on January 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

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Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Andrea Brody

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