Will Trump's Frenzied 100-Day Dash Trip Up California?

President Trump speaks before signing an executive order to review the Antiquities Act at the U.S. Department of the Interior April 26, 2017. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump is both dismissing his first 100 days in office as a "ridiculous standard" and doing everything he can to convince the public that he "has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt."

To help make that case before April 29, the businessman-turned-president is tapping into his inner salesman, pushing out a slew of executive orders and other plans that are generating massive amounts of headlines. In essence, like so many other rollouts by this unconventional president, he appears to be treating campaign issues like the proverbial cooked spaghetti, throwing a host of issues to the wall and seeing what sticks with the public.

Yet, if enacted, these plans could create significant financial, economic and environmental changes in California.


Issue: Many Republican lawmakers believe federal interference reached a high point under the Obama administration, which was notably aggressive on civil rights. Trump signed an executive order that allows his team to study whether the federal government has overstepped its authority in public education, including on issues of civil rights.

Potential Impact: In California, a number of reforms have already been adopted, returning control to local schools. But some education leaders, like State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, worry this federal study will be too subjective.


“Local schools know best on lots of things, and I think what we’ve been trying to do is strike the proper balance,” Kirst said. “There is no one right way, and often people’s philosophies get tangled up in what the legal rules should be and are.”

What's Next: The study is considered one way for the Trump administration to make it clear it supports local control. The inquiry will be conducted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos -- a strong supporter of school choice programs like vouchers. She has 300 days to conduct the review.


Issue: In another executive order, Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Interior to examine all U.S. national monument designations since 1996 that are over 100,000 acres. This comes after a decades-long campaign by conservative groups -- many funded by the Koch Brothers and other natural resource industries -- to loosen environmental regulations that make it more difficult to extract those resources.

Potential Impact: The review will include six national monuments in California. The San Gabriel Mountains, Mojave Trails, Carrizo Plain, Giant Sequoia and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments will have their designations reviewed. The entire California coast is also a national monument, meaning offshore environmental protections enacted by President Bill Clinton and expanded by President Barack Obama could be reversed.

That potential reversal comes as Bloomberg reports the Trump administration is planning to open up studies on the feasibility of offshore oil and gas drilling on California's coast. That has environmental activists like Marce Gutierrez-Graudins, founder of Azul in San Francisco, concerned the Trump administration is rapidly moving toward opening offshore drilling.

"We in California are very familiar with both the environmental and economic havoc that is caused by spills," Gutierrez-Graudins says. "And it is something we do not want to revisit again."

Trump Administration Looking Into Offshore Drilling In California

Trump Administration Looking Into Offshore Drilling In California

Stanford environmental law professor Deborah Sivas says while it's unlikely that new oil platforms will be built in the near future, it's clear the two actions by the Trump administration signal a willingness to drill off the coast.

"If the Trump administration really wanting to open up offshore oil drilling, I think they need to get rid of or somehow undermine the monument status," Sivas says.

Western States Petroleum Association represents the oil industry, and a spokeswoman tells KQED that no oil companies want to drill offshore in California.

What's Next: We are expecting the order to study offshore drilling near California to come as early as Friday, April 28.


Issue: The Trump administration also rolled out a massive tax cut proposal on Wednesday, highlighted by big cuts in the corporate tax rate. Under the plan, corporations would be taxed at a 15 percent rate, down from the current 35 percent mark.

The blueprint offers few details to assuage concerns that big tax cuts would create a massive hole in the federal budget.

How President Trump's Tax Plan Might Trip Up California

How President Trump's Tax Plan Might Trip Up California

One of the few deductions on the chopping block would place an outsized burden on California taxpayers. The Trump administration wants to end the practice of allowing taxpayers to deduct local and state taxes from federal filings.

Potential Impact: In a high-tax state like California, taxpayers could be left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars more in taxes.

“If you want to pay for cuts, it’s not a crazy way to do it,” says Joseph Bankman, professor of law and business at Stanford Law School. “It’s a little bit unfair because we’re being taxed on a different portion of our income than our counterparts in red states.”

What's Next: The president's plan would have to be introduced as legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) says Trump's plan is "along the same lines" of what the House wants.

KQED's Ana Tintocalis, Guy Marzorati and Julia Scott contributed to this report.