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They won't be as bad as expected, but Governor Brown says there will be cuts, triggered because tax revenues have not kept up with the spending enacted in this year's budget.  K-12 education won't be losing a week of classes, but school busing and money for special needs will be reduced. We hear from the Governor's Office, superintendent of LA Schools and other. Also, is Los Angeles, once the wave of the future, really going down hill? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Iraq after American soldiers are gone.

Banner image. Governor Jerry Brown addresses the press. Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Main Topic State Budget Trigger Cuts to Take Effect 26 MIN, 33 SEC

Governor Brown announced today that triggers in state spending will be needed. Tax revenues have not met the projections assumed by this year's budget, passed by the legislature and signed by Brown. But it's not as bad as last month's prediction by the Legislative Analyst. The deficit is now $13 billion. Instead of adding $2 billion in red ink, Governor Brown's Finance Department says the current shortfall will add about half that much. The Governor has proposed that voters approve tax increased in next November's elections. He says if they don't, cuts will be harsher than ever.

H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance (@HDatFinance)
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

The City at Stake

Raphael J. Sonenshein

Main Topic Iraq: After American Soldiers Are Gone 26 MIN, 49 SEC

Iraq: After American Soldiers Are GoneOut of 170,0000 US troops that have been to Iraq in the past nine years, 6000 are left.  In three weeks, they'll be gone too, leaving the world's largest embassy guarded by 16,000 private contractors and a very uncertain legacy. Tomorrow, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, President Obama will give thanks for the sacrifices that have been made for what he once called "a dumb war." Yesterday, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at his side, the President spoke about the immediate future. We hear some disturbing assessments of what the future might bring.

Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)
Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Feisal Istrabadi, Indiana University (@csme_iu)
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@LarryKorb)

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