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November 16, 2012

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News Panel: State Fiscal Outlook, Nudity Ban Controversy, and more

A new report by the Legislative Analyst's Office forecasts a boost for California's economy. The passage of Gov. Brown's Proposition 30, an upgraded credit rating for the state and predictions of a growing economy are expected to help shrink the state budget deficit.

California launched the country's first large-scale carbon market with the auction of pollution credits. Companies emitting over 25,000 tons in greenhouse gases must have one allowance, or credit, for each metric ton. Many see the system as a win for the environment, while critics say it?s a tax on business.

What do campaigns know about you? Thanks to the trail of digital data generated by increasingly on-line, networked lifestyles, political campaigns have been working to target specific voters and to develop ways to predict how they will vote.

In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors is considering a ban on nudity on the city's streets. Protestors say that freedom of expression is at stake, but supporters say it will help curb a public nuisance. If passed, the law would levy fines that start at $100.

Guests:

  • Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
  • Lauren Sommer, KQED Science
  • Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
  • Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
 

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