Podcast: Trigger Blues

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Chances are when you sing one the holiday season's most familiar songs, it doesn't start out this way: "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, $980 million in budget cuts."

And yet on the first day of Christmas 2011 -- assume you celebrate, as the song does, 12 days -- that's what arrived for California. More deep cuts and, as we're told, more on the way.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast takes a closer look at Governor Jerry Brown's announcement of the automatic spending cuts. Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee and I also discuss the budget context in which these cuts will play out, as well as a look at the fiscal and tax fights looming for 2012.

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About John Myers

John Myers is Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED Public Radio and "The California Report," heard daily on 23 public radio stations across the Golden State.
  • Anonymous

    As long as the song doesn’t start out this way: ”On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Taxing the middle class and making them pay for everything.”It’s high time government needs to trim and over-haul services! And why stop there, time to cut UC’s Administrative/Regional/Professors pay and eliminate tenure and do some house cleaning!