Governor Ted Kulongoski unveils his budget on Monday, December 1, and already, rumors suggest it will include across-the-board trim for state departments, reflecting the economic downturn.
But with unemployment and use of social services at record highs in Oregon, charitable organizations say it’s no time for cutbacks in the types of assistance that keep vulnerable families afloat, and could help the economy as well.
Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
As Bush leaves office he is trying to issue a number of last minute regulations to gut environmental
Heidi McIntosh, associate director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, discusses the impact that some of Bush's midnight regulations could have on pristine and remote areas in southeastern Utah (which are among host Barbara Bernstein's favorite spots in the world).
Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis discusses Obama's foreign policy appointments and the current tragedy in Gaza. And Timothy Canova, Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University School of Law, talks about the Obama economic team and the current corporate bailouts.
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews journalist and social chameleon Harmon Leon, who is known for infiltrating and exposing the weird and wonderful subcultures of America. His most recent book is The American Dream, based on his roadtrip to uncover the humorous and contradictory ways in which people from all walks of life define themselves in relation to their country. Leon's pursuit takes him from the pot fields of Northern California to reality T.V. shows in Culver City and from swinging parties in the suburbs to Christian protests against fornicators in Kansas, offering a funny, satirical and poignant take on what it means to live in twenty-first century America.
We hear from the series Law and Disorder. Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney of the ACLU, discusses the case of Ali Al-Marri and whether the President can declare legal residents, including American citizens, enemy combatants. And journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about "20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House."
Hosts Cecil and Celeste lead a discussion of the question, "In the wake of Barack Obama's election as President, is racism suddenly becoming a thing of the past." Their guest is Barbara Smith, author of "The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom" and other books.