More Budget Cuts and a Bid to Raise Taxes

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Governor Brown delivered his State of the State speech today to a joint session of the Assembly and Senate. He proposed more cuts he said nobody likes in the budget, but also asked voters to approve a tax increase or face still more reductions. While pushing for reductions in spending, he called for major investments, including a California High-Speed Rail project that's been called unaffordable by a task force created by voters at the same time they approved the project four years ago. The Governor named education as the biggest item in the state budget, and proposed giving local school boards more authority.

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Guests:
Bob Blumenfield - Los Angeles City Council - @BobBlumenfield, Sam Blakeslee - California State Assembly - @samblakeslee, Mark Baldassare - Public Policy Institute of California - @ppicnotes, Joe Mathews - Host, "Zocalo's Connecting California" - @joemmathews

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Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Caitlin Shamberg, Katie Cooper