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Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, April 26
(Capitol Weekly) // Tax collections haven’t met the Governor Brown’s forecast so far. In fact, this month, the state is $2 billion short of its $6.35 billion goal. The biggest budget threat comes from personal income taxes which are $3 billion short. It is still uncertain how this shortage will impact education, which benefits the most from tax revenue...
(The Orange County Register) // France's national rail company, the SNCF, has expressed interest in bidding for the California High Speed Rail project, but controversy has arisen from the rail company's involvement in the Holocaust. Seventy years ago, the SNCF transported more than 70,000 Jews to Nazi concentration camps. State Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield introduced a bill to require companies interested in financing the high speed rail project to disclose their involvement in the Holocaust, which was ultimately vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now Blumenfield is criticizing the SNCF's sponsorship of a traveling Holocaust exhibit throughout California, calling it a publicity stunt…
(Inside Bay Area) // UC Berkeley students have occupied land in Albany to develop a sustainable farming initiative. University officials are in negotiations to end the occupation peacefully, but have already cut off water supply to the plot of land called the Gill Tract…
(SF Chronicle) // This week, President Obama has been telling students that he will ensure the federal student loan program doesn’t hike interest rates to 6.8 percent if they keep him in office. But he has been misquoting Republican Congreswoman Virginia Foxx, implying she did not care about the growing debt of college students when she had originally said she did not see a reason for students to accumulate more than $25,000 in debt. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he supports extending the 3.4 interest rate, but without increasing taxes...
(SF Chronicle) // San Francisco is hosting the 14th annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering today and tomorrow. The San Francisco Mental Health Association put together the conference for health care and other service providers as well as patients to share resources concerning this often hidden and stigmatized condition.