Chairman of the CA Assembly Anthony Rendon, Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Edward-Isaac Dovere
Tuesday, June 15, as the pandemic eases, the California economy is expected to reopen completely.
This date also marks the deadline for California’s annual budget.
This week, Elex Michaelson joins The problem is by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (R), who has negotiated with Gov. Gavin Newsom over the details of the $ 267 billion budget before next week’s deadline.
Also this week, Michaelson is joined by US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to discuss infrastructure negotiations, vaccine distribution efforts and LGBTQ pride.
Next, author and columnist Edward-Isaac Dovere stops to discuss his new book “Battle for the Soul: In Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump,” a behind-the-scenes look at the tumultuous and swear-laden race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
THE PROBLEM IS: HEALTH COVER FOR UNDOCUMENTED CALIFORNIANS
CONTEXT: Ahead of the state budget deadline of June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon began negotiations on the details of the 267 state budget proposal billions of dollars. A point of contention continues to be the financing of health insurance for low-income undocumented immigrants. Newsom wants to extend benefits to undocumented adults over 60, but Rendon wants to lower that threshold to 50.
THE RENDON CENTRAL SOCKET: “We want to get to 50, we think that’s sort of an important marker in terms of demographics… These are people who are in this country, who contribute to our economy, we want to make sure they are in. good health, we want to make sure that many of the illnesses they sometimes suffer from, including COVID, where this population has suffered tremendously, we want to make sure they get the coverage they need … Regardless of your feelings about it of the presence of these people in this country, in this state, they are here, they contribute to our economy, they are people who work in the restaurants where you eat, in the stores where you buy, we want them to be in good health…”
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THE PROBLEM IS: FIGHTING THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA
CONTEXT: Before the coronavirus pandemic, California’s homeless population had climbed to around 161,000. With that number expected to have grown even more over the past year, efforts to tackle the crisis have also increased, the proposed state budget allocating a record $ 12 billion to help the homeless.
THE RENDON CENTRAL SOCKET: “Our plan is to ensure that local entities, be they municipal governments or counties, have the resources they need to solve the problems in their own communities. They are the ones who know the problem areas and know how to house people… we »spend more money on roaming than we have ever spent in the next two years, but we also have plans for them. years three and four to make sure it’s a sustained commitment. We also know we have a problem with the housing shortage so we’re going to do everything we can and make sure there is more housing online so that we can impact the law of supply and demand. demand and help bring down some of the housing prices… “
THE PROBLEM IS: INFRASTRUCTURE NEGOTIATIONS
CONTEXT: This week, a bipartisan group of senators proposed an infrastructure framework of about $ 1.2 trillion, which would call for $ 579 billion in new spending, focused on basic physical infrastructure. The plan would be paid for without any tax increase. The framework comes just days after talks broke down between the White House and a group led by GOP Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV).
THE BUTTIGIEG CENTRAL TAKE-OFF: “There has been a lot of goodwill in honest and frank negotiations, where sometimes we are too far apart from each other, and so this is what happened with the group that the president was talking to all the time. ‘hour. from Democrats and Republicans, from the House and the Senate, and it is absolutely worth following this path… “
THE PROBLEM IS: LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH
CONTEXT: When confirmed as Transport Secretary to President Joe Biden in February, Pete Buttigieg became the country’s first Cabinet Secretary to be confirmed by the Senate and openly LGBT. Ric Grenell, acting director of national intelligence for President Donald Trump, was previously the first openly gay cabinet member, but was appointed by Trump, unconfirmed by the Senate. June being LGBTQ pride month, Buttigieg reflected on what “pride” means to him.
THE BUTTIGIEG CENTRAL TAKE-OFF: “Right now I’m thinking about the trip we took. You know, not so long ago, someone who had gone out would have been unimaginable as an officer of the cabinet, or even as a federal employee We have a long way to go, but what pride means to me is that there really is a chance to stand up for each other in the name of compassion, in the name of equality , and to improve life, and my presence here is just a small piece And I know that there are a lot of young people who wonder if they match, they know that they are different, and they don’t don’t know if America has a place for them, and I’m here to say that there are a lot of people supporting you… “
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