All over the US, Republicans are meeting grassroots opposition to efforts to weaken public unions. Pension reform is a local issue, too. We hear about Governor Brown's testimony before a joing legislative hearing today, and ask Mayor Villaraigosa if he's trying to renegotiate union contracts in Los Angeles. Also, the Oscars: young audiences and cold weather. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Republican governors in several states continue their face-off with organized public workers. Is it just about their budgets? What's the role of partisan politics? How do Americans feel about the value of unions, public and private?
Budget Battles and Public Pensions
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LA Mayor Promotes Stimulus, Transportation
Los Angeles County voters raised the sales tax in 2008 to pay for some 12 projects, including the subway extension to the Westside. Instead of waiting for 30 years, LA...
11 min, 21 sec
Pensions and Politics, from LA to Sacramento
Jerry Brown did something today that Governors almost never do. He testified before a joint legislative committee hearing on the state budget, delivering stern lectures to...
8 min, 20 sec
The snow level’s expected to drop to 500 feet Saturday in the local mountains, and Sunday temperatures could be close to freezing in Southern California. But that won't...
6 min, 34 sec