FROM Mac Taylor
Projected Deficit Is Much Higher than Anticipated Next year's state budget deficit will be $19 billion, as previously predicted, but this year's budget is $6 billion out of balance, making a grand total of $25 billion. That's according to non-partisan California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor in a report out today.
Budget Gap Is 'Awful,' Legislative Analyst Says Governor Ronald Reagan said he was so opposed to income tax withholding in California that his feet were in concrete. When he finally approved it, he said, "The concrete cracked." Last week the concrete cracked around Governor Schwarzenegger's feet. In addition to spending cuts to help solve the state's fiscal crisis, he called for an increased sales tax and a $12 annual vehicle license fee. Although fellow Republicans in the legislature still insist that's the wrong thing to do, especially in a recession, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst has chimed in, calling the Governor's proposals " credible " but differing over some details.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.