Budget Battles and Public Pensions

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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?



Warren Olney