FROM Judy Lin
Redevelopment Agencies Lose Big in State Court California's redevelopment agencies lost big in court today. The state Supreme Court ruled that Governor Jerry Brown can eliminate the local agencies and use their $1.7 billion to close the state budget gap. The court also blocked a safety net measure that would have allowed the agencies to stay open with smaller budgets. Judy Lin is State Capitol reporter for the Associated Press .
Brown Drops Plan to Sell Government Buildings Jerry Brown said today he's canceling former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to raise money by selling state buildings in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Governor Tries to Impose Minimum Wage on State Workers For the past 20 years, the state legislature has met the June 15 constitutional deadline for passing a budget just once. But this time, Governor Schwarzenegger says 200,000 state workers will have to pay a high price. He insists that, starting on August 1, they'll all be paid the federal minimum wage, $7.25. We hear from a reporter following the budget, the Governor's Deputy Finance Director and the State Controller.
Does the Governor Walk the Green Talk? At the United Nations conference on climate change today, Governor Schwarzenegger said it’s time for rich and poor nations to resolve their differences, get beyond the Kyoto protocols and take action to solve global warming. He said that California is “on the cutting edge of what is to come,” with efforts that are “revolutionary… historic and transformative.” He said the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards are “beyond anyone else’s dreams.”
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.