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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

SACRAMENTO, CA

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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1. CAL TRANS/BRIDGES.........................................VO/SOT

2. VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES.....................................VO/SOT

3. BUDGET UPDATE................................................VO/SOT

4. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM.................VO/SOT

5. BREAST FEEDING WALK...................................VO/SOT

CAL TRANS/BRIDGES VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE OVERDUE STATE BUDGET MEANS FUNDING FOR SEVERAL LOCAL BRIDGE RETROFIT PROJECTS WILL BE DELAYED. THE FUNDING AFFECTS BRIDGE PROJECTS IN ALAMEDA, SANTA CLARA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

SUPER: TODAY/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:15) ONE OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILLS ACCOMPANYING THE STATE SPENDING PLAN AUTHORIZED 850 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR BRIDGE RETROFIT PROJECTS, TO BE TAKEN FROM THE TRANSPORTATION BOND APPROVED BY VOTERS LAST NOVEMBER. THE CAL TRANS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF SAYS CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT ACCESSING THESE FUNDS, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE DISASTROUS BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN MINNESOTA.

SUPER: TERRY ABBOTT/DIVISION OF LOCAL ASSISTANCE CHIEF/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

SOT: (:12)

SAYS: "MY CONCERN IS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF LOCAL BRIDGES THAT ARE IN NEED OF LOCAL RETROFITTING AND WE'D LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THOSE FORWARD, AND WE'D LIKE TO MOVE THEM FORWARD AND GET THOSE PROJECTS DONE AS QUICKLY AS WE COULD."

VO TAG: NINE BRIDGES OWNED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO EARTHQUAKES AND READY TO BEGIN RETROFIT CONSTRUCTION QUALIFY FOR THE BOND FUNDS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

THE BRIDGES ARE IN ALAMEDA COUNTY (BALLENA BAY BRIDGE), SANTA CLARA COUNTY (SHORLINE BLVD OVER CENTRAL EXPWY, CENTRAL EXPWY BRIDGE OVER LAWRENCE EXPWY) AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY (ALONDRA BLVD OVER LA RIVER, AZUSA CYN RD AT BIG DALTON WASH, OAK GROVE DR OVER ARROYO SECO, IRWINDALE AVE AT BIG DALTON WASH, IMPERIAL HWY OVER SAN GABRIEL RIVER AND OLEANDER AVE OVER COMPTON CREEK).

REGARDING STATE'S MOST CRITICAL BRIDGE LIST: CAL TRANS HAS NOT YET RELEASED THE LIST OF THE STATE'S MOST CRITICAL BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES FROM THE FEDERAL LIST OF DEFICIENT AND OBSOLETE SPANS.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: TERRY ABBOTT/DIVISION OF LOCAL ASSISTANCE CHIEF/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

SOT: (:15)

SAYS: "THAT MEANS THE MAXIMUM EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE ANTICIPATED AT THAT LOCATION. THE EARTHQUAKES COULD HAVE DIFFERENT MAGNITUDES IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, DEPENDING ON HOW CLOSE THEY ARE TO FAULTS, WHAT KINDS OF SOIL CONDITIONS EXIST AT THE BRIDGE SITE."

SOT: (:11)

SAYS: "I THINK THERE'S A RECOGNIZED NEED AND THE ABILITY TO MOVE THESE PROJECTS FORWARD AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE I THINK IS ON THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYBODY'S MIND."

BUDGET UPDATE VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE STATE BUDGET IS 38 DAYS LATE, BUT THE IMPACTS OF AN OVERDUE BUDGET HAVE NOT BEEN READILY NOTICEABLE FOR MANY CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS. STATE AGENCIES SUCH AS THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ARE STILL OPEN, AND MOST STATE EMPLOYEES ARE STILL RECEIVING THEIR PAYCHECKS.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

THE ASSEMBLY PASSED ITS VERSION OF THE BUDGET AND IS ON RECESS, BUT THE STATE SENATE IS AT AN IMPASSE, AND IS NOT LIKELY TO CONVENE AGAIN UNTIL THE ASSEMBLY RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL ON AUGUST 20TH. . TODAY'S MEETING BETWEEN THE SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE AND REPUBLICAN LEADER DID NOT PRODUCE AN AGREEMENT. THE GOVERNOR'S DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND A TAXPAYER GROUP AGREE IT WOULD BE LEGALLY AND FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE TO SHUT DOWN THE STATE GOVERNMENT DURING THE BUDGET STANDOFF, CITING CURRENT LAWS AND RELATED COURT DECISIONS MANDATING MOST GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS CONTINUE DURING BUDGET DELAYS.

SUPER: H.D. PALMER/DEPUTY DIRECTOR/DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

SOT: (0:21)

SAYS: "THE STATE IS LOSING MONEY, IN SOME RESPECTS, BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET DELAY. ONE OF THE ASSUMPTIONS IN THE BUDGET THAT THE ASSEMBLY PASSED AND IS NOW BEFORE THE SENATE IS THAT WE DELAY A COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS. UH, THAT WOULD SAVE ON THE AVERAGE ABOUT TEN MILLION DOLLARS A MONTH. BUT WITHOUT A BUDGET IN PLACE AND THAT LAW CHANGE IN PLACE, THOSE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS WENT THROUGH."

SUPER: JON COUPAL/PRESIDENT/HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

SOT: (0:23)

SAYS: "WE WERE INVOLVED IN LITIGATION SEVERAL YEARS AGO ABOUT WHAT ITEMS COULD AND COULD NOT BE PAID IN THE ABSENCE OF A LAWFUL BUDGET. AND THERE ARE CERTAIN FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS, FOR EXAMPLE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THAT STATE WORKERS AT LEAST GET PAID MINIMUM WAGE, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW, UM, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT ARE IMPLEMENTED BY THE STATE THAT HAVE TO BE CONTINUALLY FUNDED."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, SAYS ELECTED OFFICIALS AND STAFF MEMBERS, ALONG WITH PRIVATE VENDORS WHO CONTRACT WITH THE STATE WILL RECEIVE THEIR BACK PAY IN FULL ONCE THE NEW BUDGET IS APPROVED. PALMER SAYS SO FAR, THERE'S BEEN NO INDICATION THE STATE'S FINANCIAL RATING HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED BECAUSE OF THE STALLED BUDGET.

EXTRA BITES:

PALMER SAYS THE BIGGEST IMPACT OF THE BUDGET STALEMATE TO DATE IS DEPLETION OF THE STATE'S TWO BILLION DOLLAR MEDI-CARE CONTINGENCY FUND, WHICH WAS CREATED IN 1998 TO COVER MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO HOSPITALS, CLINICS, AND NURSING HOMES

FOR TWO MONTHS DURING A BUDGET STANDOFF. PALMER SAYS

THOSE FUNDS RAN OUT AT THE END OF JULY, INSTEAD OF THEN END OF AUGUST, BECAUSE OF MEDICAL EXPENSE INFLATION AND REGULATORY CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE 1998:

SUPER: H.D. PALMER/DEPUTY DIRECTOR/DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

SOT: (0:31)

SAYS: "THERE ARE ANECDOTAL REPORTS IN THE NEWSPAPERS OF FOLKS TAKING OUT SECOND MORTGAGES OR MAKING CONTINGENCY PLANS TO NOT ACCEPT NEW PATIENTS, OR NEW PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM, SO IT'S GOING TO VARY FROM HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL, FROM NURSING HOME TO NURSING HOME. BUT. BUT WHAT'S CLEAR IS FOR THOSE CLINICS, THOSE NURSING HOMES, THOSE HOSPITALS THAT ARE OPERATING ON THE MARGIN, THE LONGER THIS BUDGET STALEMATE GOES, AND THE LONGER THIS BUDGET STALEMATE GOES, AND THE LONGER THE STATE IS UNABLE TO MAKE THOSE PAYMENTS TO THOSE PROVIDERS, THAT'S GOING TO PUT A LOT OF FINANCIAL PRESSURE ON THEM."

SUPER: JON COUPAL/PRESIDENT/HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

SOT: (0:17)

SAYS: "WE'VE SEEN NO EVIDENCE OF IRREPARABLE HARM. I THINK THE IRREPARABLE HARM WOULD BE IN ADOPTING A BUDGET THAT AGAIN SPENDS MORE MONEY THAN WE'RE TAKING IN., AND DELAYS THE DAY OF RECKONING WHERE THIS SHIP OF STATE CRASHES ON THE SHORE."

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