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July 27, 2012

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News Panel: Delta Plan Makes Waves, the State Parks Department Funds Scandal, and more

California's ongoing war over water continues with heavy opposition by some environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers to Gov. Brown's massive plan to build a $14 billion pair of tunnels to transport water from the North to the South, and restore Delta wetlands. Will Brown's push for spending on major infrastructure projects jeopardize passage of his November tax initiative? The recent discovery of more than $53 million of hidden funds within the Parks Department, which could have prevented the threat of closing 70 of California's state parks, has led to questions of accountability and oversight of other state agencies. The scandal is now under investigation by the attorney general and state finance officials. The 2012 Kids Count Report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that California, the state with the highest number of children, ranks only 41 out of 50 states in overall well?being of children. The state did fare better on healthcare, scoring 23rd, in large part due to good prenatal care and increasing numbers of children with health insurance.

Guests:

  • Lauren Sommer, KQED Quest
  • Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
  • Kathryn Baron, EdSource
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Soda Tax Controversy in Richmond

Should sugary beverages be taxed like cigarettes? As a trend to limit or ban soft drinks consumption moves across the country, PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on efforts by the city of Richmond to tax soda. While health experts say it will help stem high obesity rates, others say it will unfairly target those who are least able to afford the penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.

 

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