Governor Jerry Brown emphasized investing in transportation, education and growing the state’s rainy day fund as part of his new $190 billion budget proposal, released Wednesday. In this hour, we’ll talk about the state budget, Congressman Darrell Issa’s decision to not seek reelection and San Francisco’s mayoral race with KQED’s Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos. We’ll also talk to them about the launch of their new radio show and podcast, Political Breakdown, which explores politics from a California perspective.

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Education, Rainy Day Fund Winners in Gov. Brown’s Proposed Budget 11 January,2018Michael Krasny

Guests:
Katie Orr, Sacramento politics and government reporter, KQED

Marisa Lagos, reporter, California politics and government desk, KQED

Scott Shafer, senior editor, California politics and government desk, KQED

  • EIDALM

    Good ridden Darrel Issa, you and your skewed wrong wing politics will never be missed,

    • Gene K.

      You use two profiles eh? Eidalm and Nick Tuinstra

      • William – SF

        More likely to be a bot. It’s happened in these comment sections before.

        • Gene K.

          It appears Bruno and Curious are also fake since there are identical posts by them too.

      • Skip Conrad

        And what about Oscar? Another bot?

        • William – SF

          Yup, or same using different account. You up-voted bruno_… while the comment originated from Curious.

  • EIDALM

    College education is free in near all countries of the World, rich and poor. Jerry Brown who metamorphosed himself into another Roland Reagan, college education became one of the most expensive in the whole World, Jerry Brown and his cozy relationship with big money, and Silicon Valley corporations, as well as developers and mega real estate companies played big role in the extremely high cost of housing in California………This is not the same Jerry Brown who was called the people governor in his first administration in the 1970’s.

  • EIDALM

    Out of all people running for San Francisco mayor , I recommend Angela Alioto, she seems the best one for the job.

    • Sar Wash

      Why?

  • oscar

    Out of all people running for San Francisco mayor , I recommend Angela Alioto, she seems the best one for the job.

    • Sar Wash

      What are some of Alioto’s positions that distinguish her from the other candidates? So far I am leaning towards Breed, but I have not heard much about Alioto’s positions on the issues. Kim and Leno are both pretty corrupt, incompetent, and divisive.

  • nick tuinstra

    Good ridden Darrel Issa, you and your skewed wrong wing politics will never be missed,

  • geraldfnord

    It sounds as if Brown believes that there will be a future; maybe he’s right, he has good instincts sometimes.

    • Curious

      He has a future – he is drawing about 6 government pensions while at the same time a government salary.

      • William – SF

        Money well earned. Thank you Jerry Brown!

        • Curious

          Nope. Living on the government teat.

          • e mckay

            Ha ha, you pretend he hasn’t worked hard and earned his remuneration for years of service. I guess you think elected officials and other government employees should work for free.

        • Gene K.

          Yes, thank you Jerry Brown.

      • e mckay

        Well earned and well deserved. Hard working man. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

  • jurgispilis

    And investing in legal services for non-citizens. It was $zero in 2015 budget, $8 million in 2016, $45 million in 2017, and what will it be in 2018? $250 million in 2018? What sort of an illegal scam is this? And doesn’t this violate the principal of equal protection, since these funds are not available to US citizens, rather only to foreign nationals?

    • William – SF

      Send the bill to DJT and Republicans in Congress since they are the source of the problem.

    • ELZ

      I legally immigrated 20 years ago and became naturalized some 10 years ago. A purely merit-based immigration system will be best for both immigrants and Americans. The stupidity of the Democrats surprised me. They are so addicted to identity politics and need votes from the families of illegal immigrants. In the long run, it will be the Democrats who brings down the prosperous American Empire and the USA will disappear into the rank of failed states in the Americas.

  • Curious

    Dems are bankrupting and dumbing down California. More voters for their party.

    • e mckay

      California is not bankrupt. It has a $6 billion budget surplus. Just letting you know so you won’t embarrass yourself further.

      • Curious

        Less than four years after declaring California’s budget balanced for the foreseeable future, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said the state is projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by next summer.

      • Curious

        A new report shows that the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) received less than one percent on its investment, putting the country’s biggest pension fund at a stunning $100 billion shortfall.

        Not surprisingly, California is ranked among the top nine in the states with the worst fiscal condition by the Mercatus Center, as of June 1.

      • Curious

        Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion.

  • bruno_mirakuru_

    Dems are bankrupting and dumbing down California. More voters for their party.

    • Sar Wash

      Your response makes no sense as California is the most vibrant, prosperous, and thriving state in the nation. Our productive economy supports the rest of the nation, including the impoverished welfare-dependent Republican states. Once Democrats became and majority and we got rid of our previous Republican governor, our state experienced as dramatic economic and cultural boon and a huge budget surplus. Even American had a surplus under Democratic policies (thank you Bill Clinton) while Republican policies under Bush and Trump have created a massive deficit.

  • William – SF

    Democratic controlled California has a $6 billion budget surplus, while Republican controlled Kansas has a $700 million dollar deficit.
    DJT and Republicans in Congress with their massive tax cuts for the wealthy and business are following Kansas’ experiment, what can go wrong?

  • William – SF

    In what ways has Jerry Brown been a conservative and in other ways a progressive politician?

  • William – SF

    California – the paragon of economic prosperity, political integrity, and the envy of red states – woohoo – go Democrats!!

  • ELZ

    You do have to know the tech stocks are propped up by the retirement funds from all Americans and foreign cash. As long as the coast of California is nice and sunny, all the investors/tech companies make the state their home, and the stock market is on steroid, no one need to worry. Free healthcare, free food, free cash for all including illegal immigrants until the music stops or if other countries (China) steal the show.

  • John

    Jerry was always a fiscal conservative.

  • Sar Wash

    Best governor ever. I would love to see Jerry Brown as President of the US.

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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