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Critics Argue State Budget Relies Too Much on Ongoing Spending

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The Capitol building in Sacramento.
 (Vanessa Rancaño/KQED)

Republicans Criticize Budget Deal

California legislators have passed a new state budget and it includes billions of dollars in new ongoing spending. Now there are questions about the budget’s details and what will happen when state revenues take a dip. 
Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED

California's Juvenile Justice System Undergoing Major Changes

For over a century, California has locked up juvenile offenders in juvenile prisons run by the state. But starting next month, California will begin closing its remaining juvenile detention centers and turn over that authority to individual counties. 
Guest: Dan Macallair, Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Governor Newsom Retreats on Wildfire Prevention Plan

Earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom pledged to increase the budget for wildfires and fire prevention to $2 billion. But an investigation by CapRadio and NPR's California Newsroom has found that the governor delivered only a fraction of the money promised for wildfire resilience in the state budget.
Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio

State Budget Lacks Funding for High Speed Rail

Ever since voters passed a $10 billion bond measure to build a high speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the project has been plagued by problems.  And voters’ doubts about the project are growing.
Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

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