News Panel: Proposition 28, California's Delta, and more
With the state's deficit now soaring beyond projections to $16 billion, Gov. Brown's May budget revision calls for deeper cuts to health and welfare programs and a 5 percent reduction in pay for state workers, with the threat of more cuts to come if voters do not approve his tax measure in November. Proposition 28 on the June ballot would loosen California's strict term limits, enacted in 1990, by reducing time in the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowing the entire time to be served in one house rather than divided between the Assembly and Senate. California's Delta provides drinking water for more than 25 million people and irrigates millions of acres of farmland. But our reliance on the Delta has caused its ecosystem to collapse, harming the fishing industry and putting water supplies at risk. What solutions are being proposed to save it?
- Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
- Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
- Lauren Sommer, KQED's Quest
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