The Continuing Saga of the State Budget

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Governor Schwarzenegger has made good on his threat to fire part-time workers and cut 200,000 full-time salaries down to the minimum wage.  As that battle rages, Democrats and Republicans reportedly plan to help balance the budget by taking money from city and county governments.  The money will have to be paid back in three years—with interest.  But the borrowing means cuts in the meantime.  We look at the consequences of cuts at the DMV and other agencies. Are political leaders once again putting off the day of reckoning? When will taxpayers be asked if they're willing to pay for the education, medical care and other services they demand?

Credits

Guests:
Ken Hunt - City Manager, City of Fontana, Herb Wesson - Los Angeles City Councilman, Stephen Levy - Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Dan Konecky