- Newsmaker: California Legislature Returns for an Unusual Year
This week as the Legislature returns to Sacramento, it confronts the Herculean task of juggling a myriad of state programs and a sizeable budget crisis. Dan Walters, political columnist for The Sacramento Bee, sympathizes with lawmakers who face a difficult "division of negatives" in dealing with repayment of six billion dollars in energy debt.
Runaway Film Production
A recent study proves Hollywood's contention that runaway film production has been great for Canada and bad for the United States. While US producers and workers are divided over what to do, all agree that Canada is "buying away" their industry with tax credits and other forms of government subsidy. We look at the battle over runaway film production, and consider whether the US should try to compete with Canada's industry subsidies or fine US companies that collect them. We look at how one industry group is lobbying Washington, and talk to local Congressman Howard Berman and to the Consul General of Canada.