The Growing Credit Crisis

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President Bush signed the "economic rescue" into law Friday but the stock markets are declining anyway in New York and around the world. Today, the Federal Reserve said it would buy up commercial paper to get lending started again. Will taxpayers be saddled with more debt? Meantime, state governments, normally safe investments in tough times, may not be able to borrow what they need for schools, police and local governments. California, the eighth largest economy in the world, may alone come up $7 billion short. Will states be going to Washington, too? We hear more about the credit squeeze from local and global perspectives.

Credits

Guests:
Bill Lockyer - California State Treasurer, Sujit CanagaRetna - Senior Fiscal Analyst, Council of State Governments, Ron Scherer - Economics Reporter, Christian Science Monitor, Simon Johnson - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - @baselinescene

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal