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addressed ranging from education to health care to criminal justice reform. in the spirit of those speeches for the next hour we invite you to tell us what major issues are facing your state, how you would like your state's leadership to address those issues. for those in the eastern and central time zones (202)-748-8000. for those in the mountain and pacific (202)-748-8001. you can text us at (202)-748-8003 and you can also post on twitter @c-spanwj. the national conference of state legislatures in their top issues will watch for in 2022 they highlight some of these and you may want to weave them into the conversation. one of those topics is the topic
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of money. states are awash in federal stimulus and policy makers will need to think about spending the money on one time spend it yours rather than creating ongoing costs. on the other hand, programming costs may be offset by revenues performing well, particularly state tax, as they buy goods during the pandemic. the topic of infrastructure one of those. states will focus on implementing the $1.2 trillion in jobs act for transportation, safety, water, disaster mitigation and cybersecurity projects. elections something to watch for and governors address in their speeches throughout the nation saying in 2021 there was more attention about who was running the elections rather than standardizing processes. election audits are hot. two thirds of the states have a postelection audit of some kind and when it comes to childcare a
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significant increase in federal funds for childcare, including $50 billion in direct funding, presents opportunities for states to rebuild childcare which is essential in helping parents get back to work rebuilding state economies. that is the assessment for national conference of legislatures. you might find those playing out in your area. for the next hour we are inviting you to tell us what major issues are facing your state. in the eastern and central time zones (202)-748-8000, mountain and pacific time zones (202)-748-8001. you can text us at (202)-748-8003. across the nation governors have been giving the state of the state speeches. if you go to our website at, you can find a collection from republicans and democrats across the nation. one of those in her first state speech as governor democrat kathy hogle of new york. she talked about leadership in
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her state proposing the topic of term limits. here is a portion of the speech from earlier this month. [video clip] >> across the country trusting governorship is reaching all-time lows. we know why. misinformation and lies on social media, a widening partisan divide, gridlock in washington. it is getting harder and harder for people to believe in their elected leaders at all levels of evernote or ship. how do we restore their faith? in new york, we demonstrate what good and honest governance looks like. we announced our first step. we are submitting a proposal to the legislature to enact two term limits for statewide officials. for government to work those of us in power cannot continue to cling to it. we need to continually pass the baton to new leaders with different perspectives and fresh ideas. our reforms include a ban on
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outside income for state officials because our only job should be to serve the people of new york. but that is not the only part of the system that is not working. it is no secret recent events called into question the effectiveness of the joint commission of public ethics. i will introduce legislation to place that commission with a new ethics watchdog, one that answers to new yorkers and not politicians. none of these will fix our government overnight but having these guards in place will not mean most of us will not stumble and make honest mistakes once in a while. by putting in much needed reforms we can begin to restore public trust by focusing on what really matters to our constituents. host: governor kathy hochul and her first addresses governor. that and others available at
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you can call us on the lines to let us know the major issue facing your state and text us at (202)-748-8003. robert in virginia beach, virginia. go ahead about that major issue in your state. caller: good morning. i would say a major issue in virginia, as you know, we are inaugurating governor youngkin today. the democrats failed to do any major advancement for labor rights and that is going to be impossible that the republican house and governor, the democrats only have the state senate. the second issue is there were really no progressives coming up through the ranks of the state of virginia. it is really a shame that the democrats or had no interest in repealing of the right to work
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status. that was a big slap in the face to all the labor organizations that fought so hard to give democrats control of the state of virginia. host: as far as governor northam's term which ends today what do you think were is a major accomplishments? caller: i think he did a lot for almost every other democrat leaning group, environmentalists, pro-choice. but when it came to labor he was a big slap in the face. host: ok. robert in virginia beach. he mentioned the governor-elect slated to become governor today. if you want to see that ceremony at 7:00 is how you can do that. c-span, he will be sworn in as the 74th governor. we will show you the inaugural address at 7:00 tonight on c-span. let's hear from greg in
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colorado. good morning. caller: good morning. thank you to c-span. one of our biggest if not the biggest concerns in colorado is human because climate change. i am sure everyone has seen the massive fire in boulder that caused the most damage we have ever had. last summer we had the three largest fires in our history burning at once. things are not good here as far as that goes. our water is drying up. i live near the largest reservoir in the state. it is at its lowest level since it was built in 1916. host: your governor is jared polis. how do you think he is addressing the issues? caller: i think he is doing a great job. the fire that just happened in
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boulder did happen so fast, the wind was so strong, there was nothing anyone could do. thank god so far we have only lost one life in that fire but something needs to change. host: when it comes to climate issues overall how would you rate the governor's concerns or how he is addressing those issues? caller: i think he is doing a great job. you know, he has got a lot on his plate right now and i totally agree with the way he is doing things. host: governor polis giving state of the state on plus the others that we will show you today. some we cannot show you because of matters of time but all of those available at climate change being the one viewers' call. we heard from virginia concerns about labor. you can add those to the mix if you want when it comes to major issues facing your state.
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from kentucky this is david in louisville. hello. caller: there you go, louisville. the major issues facing our state of kentucky and louisville is our governor andy beshear having to address republicans about climate change and crt and primarily the coronavirus. having to fight the legislature to get things done in the state to help all of us. host: when it comes to climate what is the fight about? caller: about people being willing and ready to do the things necessary to promote climate change and the governor is fighting them tooth and nail every day. host: and with crt, critical race theory, is that an issue in
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your state is far schools are concerned? caller: very much so and it is a red herring. republicans throw it up and everybody knows it is not being taught k-12. host: finally you mentioned the coronavirus. what is it about the governor's handling or the issue facing your state? how would you describe that? caller: the governor is fighting a good fight trying to get everybody to mask up and get vaccinated and the republicans are just trying to fight him in getting people to mask up and get vaccinated. the majority of people who are filling the hospitals now are the unvaccinated. host: david in kentucky giving as his thoughts about those major issues. dan short off facebook saying, because indiana has a conservative business from the policy and budget surplus rather than massive deficits the concern, he says, jobs are
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moving here bringing liberal leaning employees with them. derek friday says when it comes to concerns snow tonight and tomorrow expected. wish us luck in the great state of north carolina. #climatechallenges. another saying federal overreach and dictate of mandates and quid pro quo funding and unregulated edicts. chris caray, the government run schools have failed. governor desantis making education a keynote of his state of the state address. find it on c-span but he talks about those issues when it comes to the coronavirus. here's a portion from the speech from tuesday. [video clip] >> in pockets across american schools are closing once again. these closures are a normal sleep destructive and they will not be tolerated in the state of
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florida. florida has led the way and putting our kids first. in summer 2020 when it was not fashionable we made clear the kids needed to be in school and we faced opposition from hysterical media, unions and the politicians they control, we even faced lawsuits aiming to close the schools. but we would not allow fear or politics to harm our kids. we were right and they were wrong and millions and families in florida are better for it. [applause] while it is important to embrace high academic standards and measure student achievement the
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test is not the best way to do it. i am proposing the elimination of the fsa and replacing it with periodic progress monitoring. this will lead to meaningful feedback for parents and teachers and reduce the amount of time dedicated to testing leaving more time for learning. this reform will be better for students. it will be better for teachers, better for parents, and it will help florida remain a leader in education reform. host: that was governor desantis of florida earlier this week. that speech available at the website. candace off twitter says, in maine a huge issue is the cost of home heating oil. lower middle income earners have to make difficult choices. cynthia also say the most pressing issue facing indiana as a republican legislature continuing to waste tax dollars promoting their political agenda. once again making as a
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laughingstock. you can put those into the mix if you are from those states, including gary in indiana. hello. caller: good morning, c-span and america. i wanted to make three quick points. past and present callers, i sympathize with your problems and good luck making things better. if you are in indiana there are three things, concerning me. disenfranchised constituents. a lot of people are not getting a fair break and i am talking about legalized people who have been legitimately registered. somehow because of their race or their party they are still being done unfairly. that is a concern. there is rising food cost. it is amazing how that builds beyond the cost-of-living, the
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cost-of-living limit for people. the last thing is crime. it is unbelievable how many irresponsible people are getting out of control and there is not enough authority to withstand it. we are going to need to be under martial law if it gets worse. host: when you talk about the crime issue is it something you are seeing in cartersville or is it around where you are living? caller: there is a good part of it here yes. we have a drug issue you would not believe. but it is everywhere else too. host: how was your governor addressing these issues? caller: that is a good question. that is something i have not looked into directly but i am still in the process of -- host: let me bring it down to the level where you live. you talked about crime. how is it being dealt with in
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connorsville? caller: i feel like the law enforcement here is inefficient. it is hard for me to specify certain things in regard to it but i know there is people that get away with stuff more than they should. like a cop that arrests somebody. he might know that somebody and say, oh, he is not that bad. there is too much leniency and there has got to be a crackdown. host: angel in marysville, washington state you are next. caller: hi, pedro. washington state -- i am bringing this from an actual website -- washington state continues to mandate vaccinations for certain workers and they are mandating also the
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masking. my daughter is working for amazon as a driver because they don't mandate the masking. it is ridiculous what is going on in our state. washington is a little scary. but i am trying to keep safe, trying to keep hope. i have a youtube channel. one of my songs is full of hope. host: let me ask you this, your governor, how do you think he is dealing with these issues? caller: oh, i don't want to say that in polite company. i will say have a beautiful new year. love you bunches. host: his state of the state address that he gave tuesday one of the things he talked about as far as his administration and what he would like to address is the topics of homelessness and poverty. here are some of the speech. [video clip] >> we simply have to provide
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rapid, supported housing as soon as possible this year. we also realize we need more opportunities for everyone when it comes to housing itself. we cannot get more people housed if there is nowhere to build housing. we must pass legislation that removes antiquated barriers to middle housing options in our cities such as duplexes and townhomes. and provide more housing supply to make sure it is available to all income levels. look, we just can't tell our constituents we are fighting homelessness and not provide ways to actually build more housing. so this means we need to allow housing that meets the realities of our tremendous population growth and economic growth this century.
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it is also a generational issue if you think about it. if our children and grandchildren are ever going to be able to afford rent or mortgage, we simply need more affordable housing. the budget also reflects the need to take direct action to reduce poverty. i created a poverty reduction workgroup made of people who have lived experiences in poverty so they can inform us. using the recommendations my budget would create $125 million reinvestment fund to address economic and social disparities across decades that of the legacy of federal policies that have hurt communities of color. host: you can hear more at the website at what major issues are facing your state is what we are asking you for the next 40 minutes. we are taking the idf from the state of the state speeches -- the idea from the state of the state speeches. you can add your thought to the
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mix may be pegging off the thing the governors have addressed, other issues you think are important to address as well. (202)-748-8000 for those in the eastern and central time zones, (202)-748-8001 in the mountain and pacific time zones. in new york this is inis, if i'm saying it correctly? . caller: inez. host: inez, sorry. go ahead. caller: we have a new mayor, sorry, and we have a new governor and we have a new world. everything is uncertain and i don't get tied up with so much democrat or republican do right. make it make sense as much as we can and everybody look after each other. host: you think new york has one major issue?
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is there a major issue in your state that needs to be dealt with? caller: that is tough. let me speak on new york city because new york state is a very large place and different and nuanced. in new york city yes, we have an exceptional skyrocket of crime. with our new mayor i don't know how he is going to approach it and how that is going to stop given what we are in for in this country because that is what pandemics -- i hope we are getting to an endemic -- but it is scary. you walk around on the street, there is a lot of hardship and there is a lot of sadness. i don't know how it is going to get fixed and i don't want it to become back when i was a kid.
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lock everybody up. it is unknown and it is scary. i think everybody should keep their eye on it to make sure it goes right. host: inez in new york talking about new york state. she mentioned new york city. to get more granular the city and state of new york website saying when it comes to the incoming mayor eric adams the aim to cutting city government spending by 3%. let's go to chicago, illinois. alex is next. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? host: fine thank you. major issues facing your state. how would you describe that? caller: right now the police in chicago are not performing really well. you just had two kids 14 years old killed the other day and
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another female, 29, that was pregnant killed outside her home. i don't know what the police are doing in our city. host: that is the city. how do you think governor pritzker is addressing those issues? caller: he is doing a great job, i have got to give it to him. i am a republican in illinois but i have decided he is doing a good job. host: specifically how would you describe him doing a great job? caller: he is doing pretty good with the ppd? host: for the acronym, what is that? caller: that is helping out the covid. he is doing whatever he can for the majority of people with covid in our hospitals to be overwhelmed and everything. so far he has been doing pretty good. he is working for the city and
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for illinois. host: rob in new york city, if i got it right. hello. caller: hey. thank you for c-span. i am going to take a different view on the state and specifically new york city. the governor announced a week ago -- i'm sorry, yesterday that one week ago is when we reached the peak for this omicron and the numbers indicate it is starting to come down. that's good news. new york city has had its share, more than its fair share, of this omicron and the delta virus a year ago. and it is also been in the news recently about new york city that empty available apartments
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are on the decrease. more people are moving back to the city and that rents are going up. the city is coming back. certainly we had a horrific fire in a building in the bronx that was very sad but the city is coming back. i called in a couple years ago and said new york city is an affordable place for people anywhere in the country who want to move here. one can live in the suburbs, sorry the outskirts of manhattan, and ride the subway and live in an apartment in queens or brooklyn, which is fantastic. host: as far as your incoming governor, what are your hopes for her as far as leadership of the state overall? caller: you know, i think she is
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everywhere. when something comes up and she has to be there and address it she is spot on. i think she is a great governor. talking about the governor in any state, i don't care if it is a republican or democrat or anybody in government, if there is a creepy guy or creepy girl doing something unethical, they will take their leave and the new person that comes in can be, you know, fantastic and do really good for the state. host: that is rob in new york talking about the city's problems. you can address state problems if you wish. in the spirit of the state of the state speeches from governors from the eastern and central time zones (202)-748-8000, mountain and pacific time zones (202)-748-8001. you can text us at (202)-748-8003.
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the caller mentioned the drops in omicron. fox news picking up that with the headline states heading for the peak, highlighting the covid-19 drop in hospitalizations. let's hear from a floridian, chris, go ahead. caller: good morning. i would say, and i am in the clearwater, st. petersburg area, and we are dealing with the massive influx of all the illegal aliens biden flies in the middle of the night and dumping in florida. if you go into a walmart, it is like stepping into tijuana. it is amazing. i was in a whole foods the other day and there was a person doing the amazon delivery, which the other caller talked about. did not speak a lick of english. 35-year-old man. someone was trying to explain he had to do something.
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it took three people before someone spoke spanish that they could explain what he needed to do. we are getting overrun. we are not on the border. we are getting overrun with these illegals biden is dumping in. host: what is that mean for governor desantis do you think? caller: he actually has a plan. whether he can execute it or not but to load up all the illegals on buses and drive them to delaware and dump them into delaware. if biden wants them here so much, ship them into his state. host: and mr. desantis has expressed to that specific plan? caller: governor desantis yes said he wants to get buses because he cannot fly them because the federal government controls the airwaves to be able to fly but he could get buses and drive them up to delaware. just like they do here where they fly them in, drop them off at the airport, and leave them
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at a shelter. do the same thing up there. host: let's go to victoria in texas. good morning. what is the major issue facing your state? caller: good morning, pedro. i have been here for a while. right now i see a rise on mortgage fraud. i reported a case to the fbi that personally involved me. this is the second time. i am not political but i know the dallas county family court is mainly democrat and this is the second time i property has been taken from me. the first was in bankruptcy and now the second one is active. it was pending in family court. my husband died from covid and they allowed my property to be sold. it is pending in court in a family matter and it was sold by my husband's daughter and a broker for $585,0000.
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i also reported this to the fbi and the dallas county district attorney's office. there is documents being removed from the public records office and i know governor abbott has been really working on border patrol and i support him on that. i am a veteran and i have lost the first property and these are things i struggled for all my life serving this country. i cannot get any help. i am always up against dallas county. when i speak out they target me. they sent policeman to my home. something has to be done. host: that is victoria in texas. let's hear from david in louisiana. hello. caller: good morning, mr. pedro. i am an independent and i am from independence.
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i want to talk about the great state of louisiana of which i am a lifetime member of. everyone heard of the corruption in the historic problems louisiana has, ok. it is not by accident. it would take every judge, politician and lawyer the last 150 years to be in on the corruption for louisiana to be in a continual state that it is in. it has never changed my whole life and there is nothing here. if you grew up in texas, arkansas, mississippi, the surrounding states, they have 10 times what we have. you can leave this area and you see improvement. host: give me an example of the corruption concerns you have. what would you specifically point to? caller: my god, have you ever heard of cancer alley? this is what louisiana does for a living, it exploits its
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citizens. let me tell you about the surrounding states. host: you mentioned a specific -- for those who don't live in louisiana, what do you mean by that? caller: i think we are used as a toilet by the rest of the nation. the majority of the states, they all take advantage. they all benefit from us being the toilet and if you knew anything about louisiana you would know it is true. host: again, i am asking you to say how that is the case specifically. caller: well, i have lived here all my life. i remember in the ninth grade going on a field trip with our civics class to see the brand-new governor sworn in. he was going to be our hope for the future and his name was edwin edwards.
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he stood up there and said, i know it is messed up in louisiana now -- this was around 1972 -- but things are going to get better. i am going to fix it for you. not a damn thing changed. host: that was david in louisiana. pennsylvania is next. leigh, hello. caller: how are you? host: i'm fine thank you. what would you describe as a major issue facing your state? caller: more politicians are breaking pennsylvania with insurance fraud, health insurance, auto insurance, home insurance, taxes going up, gas prices are through the roof. i reported the health insurance fraud. i got fired for whistleblowing. i have been harassed going to the authorities. no help from the fbi or oig and
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not one of them will help me. host: you say health insurance fraud. specifically how? caller: false claims. there is a program that runs across the united states. i am sure i live in multiple states. i voted in multiple states, i got a voter card thanking me for registering in new york city, i live in pennsylvania. i was registered for years and the last election i got a card saying, thank you for registering in new york city. it came from my pennsylvania penndot. host: lori is another pennsylvanian. hello. caller: the lady before me was from pennsylvania as well and what is happening here right now is our legislature -- the biggest threat are the constitutional amendments they are pushing through to change our constitution and the way our government works.
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the republicans have controlled the governorship and both state legislatures for 23 out of the last 27 years and we ranked 25th in health education, 30th inaffordability, and 42nd in economy. i don't understand -- so far they have limited the governor's ability to issue the mask mandate and respond in a health emergency. they have a package now, five constitutional amendments on one ballot limiting the executive branch's orders, allowing the governor to pick their running mate, allow legislators to disapprove of regulation without
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facing a governor's veto, setting up a procedure for election audit, and requiring a voter id all unconstitutional amendments. host: what is wrong with that approach in your opinion? caller: the people, the motions are hot, they are angry. these legislatures are encouraging that anger and it is easier to get our people to vote to amend their constitution when they think it is going to do something good for them. host: that is lori in pennsylvania. if you go to the website of, they highlight the proposed amendments she highlighted saying two of the amendments when sent voter id already rejected as unnecessary or potentially harmful to marginalized groups.
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one would require government issued identification for both the other the state auditor general to look for accuracy. another would give simple majority in the legislature power to override executive orders and administrative regulations. reactions to governor wolf's actions and the announcement pennsylvania would join a coalition for regulating carbon emissions adding the pennsylvania constitution requires the state house and senate to pass proposed amendments in two sessions before they appear on the ballot. going to the south, steve in south carolina hello. caller: how are you doing? henry mcmaster is our governor here and i will give you some positives and a couple negatives. like desantis and abbott he is doing his best to keep the state open, to keep business moving, and to keep things rolling.
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he is a pro-vaccine, anti-mandate guy which i am too. when i say anti-mandate people say, ugh, you are crazy. i got the booster. i was exposed weeks ago to my grandson who had covid. i did not get it. he is 10 years old and he's in the fourth grade and he had to sit out of school and take a test for covid because one of the children in the class was positive. he had a fever one day and no other symptoms. he had to lay out of school for a week. he has been playing. this forcing kids to do certain things is crazy to me. we know children under a certain age are not affected that badly. host: would you say a major approach to omicron is the major issue of the state? caller: of course, everybody i talked to, including my doctor. my doctor said everybody's going to get omicron it is that contagious.
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unlike sotomayor people are not going to end up in the hospital on ventilators. host: is that the approach or how your state is reacting that is the major issue? or are there others? caller: it is not a major issue in my state. henry is saying, hey, do what you're supposed to do, social distance, wear a mask if you want to, get the vaccine if you want, quit living in a bubble. there is a couple of issues and by the way, when i see these sh elves empty, we keep the port open 24/7. we have an inland hub up in greer. the two major things is dealing with schools and schools closed down section by section, district by district, may be a
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we get a time depending on what is going on. the other problem is getting people in the hospitality industry back at work because unemployment benefits are so generous. host: ok. that is stephen south carolina with a host of issues for his state. republican of alabama dressed in her speech tuesday infrastructure. she mentions the ports but also it is going on with roadwork across alabama. here is a portion of that speech. [video clip] >> we are delivering on decades projects like the four-lane highway that will connect mobile all the way to tuscaloosa. [applause] we are tackling other projects to increase capacity like six lanes i 10 and west mobile from
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theodore to irving. tonight i am proud to announce we will be widening i-59 from chalkville. [applause] thanks to rebuild alabama we are making improvements to alabama's deepwater port in mobile. with the current global supply issues having an international resource at the port of mobile is ever more critical. as a matter of fact, our exports are up almost 25%. here in alabama we are not having issues like they are in california.
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to the rest of the nation say loud and clear that alabama's port of mobile is open for business. host: that is governor kay ivey from alabama on her state of the state speech. a federal government allocating to fix bridges. pennsylvania has 33 bridges in poor condition. california will receive $4.2 billion. 24 states will receive $24 million over four years in texas and florida will split less than $800 billion between them. some viewers off twitter and facebook highlighting issues for their state. jodey off twitter says the major issue affecting the state is coronavirus. no schools scheduled to be
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opening, mandating all schools go virtual this week. it must be done now. mike does not specify the state but says there is no covid tests available, empty shelves in grocery stores, high prices everywhere, adding that gas prices are too high. mike also adding crime is a major issue. florida next. go ahead. caller: can you hear me all right? host: i can. caller: my name is george and i live in sebring, florida. not to enumerate all the problems we have existing in the state of florida but the main issue here is governor ron desantis. that is all i have to say about that. host: specifically why is he an
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issue for your state? caller: particularly in education. the fact he has tried to force the teachers -- some of the children's families don't want them to wear masks, typically something that is going across the united states. but the state of florida with ron desantis is that he supports that. he is described here as donald trump, jr.. host: as far as the mask issue, why is that a concern for you? caller: why is it a concern for me? because i am an 85-year-old x air force retiree -- ex air
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force retiree and i wanted to live in a country that is free and equal for all. unfortunately in the state of florida, because of people like ron desantis, we are not all equal and it is one of the states that is trying to gerrymander the voting where people have to go to the polls. closing certain polls, forcing people to fill out an absentee ballot that may not have someone to be able to get that to the box on time. host: let's hear from cj in minnesota. hello. caller: good morning to you, good morning to america and good morning c-span. thank you for allowing me to give my two cents. minnesota is treating the american people so bad they are being arrested for protesting
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the pipelines. up in the northern part of minnesota and the news media had a blackout on it. a few times they speak on they make it seem like the native american people that are protesting this pipeline are the bad guys. the governor has not spoken on it at all. i am watching the news media every day but the information station i get my information from his native groups radio that comes on in the evening time. there is a very famous native american -- i cannot pronounce his last name -- but he is a famous guy that got the washington redskins to change their name and this guy has been an activist for many years fighting for native american rights. host: which pipelines
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specifically are they protesting and why do you think your governor has not done anything about it? caller: the biggest thing is the pipeline three -- there is a couple of them -- but it is in violation of the treaty going back to 1861. when you hear about it they don't go -- the treaty violations are the pipelines. they are not supposed to be doing water lines. host: you are saying as far as the protesters are concerned from the native american groups, they are not getting their voices heard? caller: not only are they not getting heard they are being thrown in jail and being charged with felonies. host: how did you become aware of this? caller: on native american groups radio. they are one of the few -- it started with democracy now when
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democracy now did the story during the obama administration when his administration started it. it was on his way out in his last year when they started the pipeline. democracy now started the show on it because i listened to it all the time. i went over to native groups radio and then a few stations picked it up when there was a car on fire that had nothing to do with anything. all of a sudden native groups radio that comes on every evening they are doing their due diligence to get the word out about how native american people are being treated in the state of minnesota. host: cj in minnesota highlighting the plight of native americans. chris in alabama saying, legislature just went into session. the major issues before them are adopting the texas abortion law and spending $400 million to build a prison.
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by the way, mo brooks is leading in the primary to replace richard shelby. this is a viewer in texas saying, governor abbott's program for migrants that avoided a border patrol sign stopped by a federal judge. all migrants will be turned over to ice. the migrants not cot by texas police to give their noises clean or leave the state. immigration might be one of the problems you highlight for your state. you have about 10 minutes to let us know what those are. another floridian. jerry, good morning. caller: good morning to all and thanks for taking my call. i have an issue with those two guys previous hoop called from florida -- who called for florida to put governor desantis down.
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there is nothing illegal about busting illegals out of the state. i'm reading from the governor's website right now and they announced proposals to fight illegal immigration and protect floridians from the biden border crisis. this is all upcoming legislation so nothing has been done but what they are going to do, the state will not provide discretionary benefits to illegal aliens and prohibit state and local agencies from doing business with any private entities that facilitate the resettlement of illegal aliens in this state. host: would you highlight immigration as the major issue in your state? caller: i would think so. well, i don't know. there are so many issues. the cost-of-living right now, you know, all of us seniors down here, they took part of it away
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for medicare. how much of it do you really see? the covid thing is hanging around around here for like two years. everybody is just walking in the shade. nobody feels settled. if you come down here to retire -- that is the other thing. a lot of people are coming into florida because they think it is a safe haven and it is for me, but on the other hand the traffic is increasing incredibly. i think that is really hard for the local police forces. people in the state are looking around and they want to stay here, maybe live here. host: that was jerry talking about the issues and flirty. this is sean. you are next up. caller: how are you doing today?
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host: i am fine thank you. caller: high think one of the issues -- there are several issues facing pennsylvania -- economically we are lagging when you look at other states, specifically florida and texas. i don't know if our economic environments at the state level is conducive to growth which i think can be seen in the decline in population growth we have seen. in addition to that -- host: what do you think of the driver of those declines economically? caller: i just think there is really no incentive to come to pennsylvania. if you look at property taxes, i think we have the second highest gas tax in the country. i just don't know if workers really make that decision to come to pennsylvania. especially in these northeastern states it can be difficult.
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and there was a lot of solutions i think we can get to solve the problem. i think one of them could be consolidation of school districts with reduced costs and may be a countywide school district rather than having individual school districts and consolidation of smaller towns could be helpful where you have shared services in reducing property taxes and make it more conducive to have this population growth where businesses and corporations would want to come here and invest. obviously i think there is some forms governor wolf did. i am not a huge supporter of his but in terms of getting us out of that pension system for the teachers in making the decision to allow them to go into a 401(k) style investment program has been helpful. and i think one of the other major issues facing
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pennsylvania, if you take a look at -- i am from the philadelphia area -- but the crime over the last several years since the pandemic, since larry krasner was elected in philadelphia, has been a disaster and it is sad. there is a lot of homeless people and it is just not a clean city anymore. i think it is really unfortunate what was once a great city is now just sort of, you know, fallen by the wayside. host: that is sean and pennsylvania. gilbert in birmingham, alabama. hello. caller: thank you for c-span and happy new year to all. i was so glad you showed the governor of alabama a minute ago when she was talking about all these highways, all she was doing was promoting -- your people mentioned about the $400 million the state of alabama wants to use to build penitentiaries.
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that is being challenged by 24 groups here. it is a wide known fact in 30 miles from the state capitol they are suffering from raw sewage and lack of running water. about two or three years ago all of the cleaning buildings were closed and alabama. i would say the $400 million will be challenged from the federal money to build penitentiaries could have been used to try to open some of these clinics and hospitals that were closed in the state. host: to your first point really quick, is the current state of infrastructure good, bad, or indifferent and alabama? or are these improvements not needed in your opinion? caller: in my opinion not needed .
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separation like george washington set, separate for forever. host: house so? caller: -- host: how os? so? caller: building these highways and building them further away from the other cities just promotes even more accidents and more concrete being poured to make the climate worse. host: joseph in virginia. good morning. caller: we get a new governor today but biden is a total idiot. host: as far as the major issue in your state how would you describe that? caller: biden is in charge of the country and he is an idiot. host: we are going to the state. i will give you one more issue to talk about the issue in your state. caller: biden's -- host: you have said that three
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