FROM Curtis Fossum
Audit Shows State Lands Commission Left Lease Money on the Table A state audit released yesterday shows that California has lost more than $8 million because of private companies that are not paying rent on state-owned land. The State Lands Commission, which is charged with collecting lease money, acknowledges the lost funds but claims that staff cuts have hampered their ability to conduct the necessary audits and appraisals of the land. We hear more from Margarita Fernandez, Chief of Public Affairs for the California State Auditor, and from Curtis Fossum, Executive Director of the California State Lands Commission.
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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.
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.