Podcast: Money Brawl

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Some of the greatest political fights in California have been about taxpayer dollars -- who pays them, who spends them, who's spending too many of them. And two classic high price tag fights both made news this week.

Our Capital Notes Podcast first examines the launching of a Republican-backed initiative campaign to change the pensions of public employees. Then, Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I turn our attention to the newest cost and timeline projections for high-speed rail in California.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new California Politics & Government Desk. He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades, serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and most recently as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. In 2014, he was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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