FROM Charles Reed
Californians Cope with a Bare-Bones Budget Governor Brown said that cuts to this year's state budget would create hardships, and his prediction is already beginning to come true. Next week, Chancellor Charles Reed will ask the Cal State University Board of Trustees to raise tuition by 12 percent, starting with the fall semester. That's in addition to a 10 percent increase already scheduled. Higher education will be hit the hardest by this year's cuts, but the aged, poor and disabled will suffer the most.
Legislators Slash Budget, Cal State System Bleeds The 23 Cal-State University campuses serve 450,000 students. That's 100,000 more than a decade ago with $500 million less money. Now, the budget crisis is likely to lead to funding cuts close to $600 million. Chancellor Charles Reed is asking for cuts in enrollment, faculty furloughs and increases in student fees. We hear from him and other educators facing massive budget cuts.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.