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continues. host: what are the major issues facing your state? we are taking this in the spirit of the state of the state addresses that have been taking place. you can see them on our website at c-span.org, and you can talk about the topics that are major things pressing. 202-748-8000 for those of you on the eastern and central time zones. 202-748-8001 in the mountain and pacific time zones. text us at 202-748-8003. one of the people giving his state of the state address was arizona's governor.
one of the things he talked about in monday's speech where the topics of concerns of the southern border. here is a portion of the speech. [video clip] >> our budget will make significant new investments to strengthen the border strike force. provide advanced equipment to aid in the pursuit of dangerous criminals and to deploy the latest drone technology to bolster surveillance and to stop the cartels in their tracks. [applause] next, the rule of law. this is not just a public safety crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis. the human traffickers that prey on the desperation of people looking for a better life need to pay the consequences. it is time for us to increase the criminal penalties against
human smuggling, and provide more funding to border counties to ensure prosecution and incarceration. [applause] third, boots on the ground, and multistate intelligence sharing. border security is national security, and the lack of action from d.c. puts americans at risk. in november, i dispatched arizona's top ranking enforcement officers to partner with their peers in texas. major general carrie mewling back, department of cart -- of
department safety colonel and department of security director kim roemer. in december we finalized the plan. texas governor greg abbott and i are teaming up to form the american governor's -- governors border strike force, a commitment between states to do what the biden administration is unwilling to do, patrol and secure our border. [end video clip] host: with immigration and border issues might be a concern where you live and there might be other issues as well. tell us your major issue. this is from ithaca, new york. a major issue in his state. morning. caller: good morning. and, happy dr. king day to you. all of our listeners as well, and before i begin, i would love to thank all of the people
behind the scenes that put each and all of us on no matter where we come from and whatever we think or believe, and our debt to them over all of these years at c-span. as pastor michael vincent crea, born in staten island, living in ithaca, new york, i am pleased that we have a governor who appears to have both be an elected and even prior to taking the office as lieutenant governor has had ethics and her own individual initiatives. there are a few things i would like to address that not only affect new york, but affect both local, as tip o'neill said when i lived in d.c. and started my ministry 30 years ago, all
politics are local. so, ms. hochul has to face the fact and the country has to face the fact that we are talking about systematic change. all of the laws that we pass our rendered to nothing if we do not put them into a system that actually operates as president biden said last week, dealing with issues directly. point, case and point, and owner of property that has done a wrong, like to myself and my service dog putting us out of my house in less than 30 days. a court can order someone into court for 15 days and put you out of your home in 30, but why can we bring the brutal cop in? or the hater in in 15 days? we need to put new coffee into new filters.
host: ok. we appreciate the perspective. perry in chandler, arizona. you are next. caller: good morning. you just had doug ducey on and i want to talk about the leadership here in arizona. we have hoffman, who has signed on as a forgery to the certification of the election, we have kyrsten sinema, who is a so-called democrat, which my wife and daughter voted for, but will not be voting for again. because, of her status against voting rights and filibuster. i just want to put that out there. we have a legal legislators trying to overturn the election from out of arizona. we have a person, kyrsten sinema , who says she is a democrat but stands directly with the
republicans on every issue. thank you very much. we appreciate your time. host: daniel in michigan, bloom -- bloomfield hills. good morning, we are talking about major issues in your state. howard you describe that? caller: the major issues are taxes, they are too high. and our teachers, they will not teach. so, i think really we need to organize the ability to teach at our local schools without the teachers, in other words get volunteers, people who have a college degree to come in, volunteering, and teach at the schools, and forget about the teachers. look at them as a thing of the past. host: going back to your first
point, taxes, you said they were too high, what is the property tax rate where you live? caller: our tax rate is -- i do not know the tax rate per se. i know that the taxes are going to go up because the property values are going up, so they will charge us more, meaning that like right now they have all of this money, almost every state has a ton of extra money, and so they are trying to find somewhere to spend it, basically. they get the money from the government and taxes are going through the roof. california has all this money, new york all of this bonus money. host: but what is the tax rate inmates again -- and michigan that causes you concern? caller: but, i would say if you wanted to cut taxes you would
eliminate these schools. host: you made that point. hubert, indiantown, florida. hello. caller: good morning. the major issue in florida is incompetence with covid response from the government or data from the governor and state legislature. it is getting ridiculous. host: when you say incompetence what do you mean specifically? caller: first he was supporting the good policies and all of a sudden he was good friends with former president trump, and he change the whole thing and he keeps hot -- fighting the mask mandate and vaccine and stuff like that, and it is killing people. i have had members of my family who have died from covid so it is just getting ridiculous. and as a citizen of florida, it is alarming that this government , this incompetent government
keeps promoting these policies that are killing floridians and it should not happen. host: let us hear from candace -- kansas' governor. she used her speech not only to talk about the state's surpluses but she made several proposals on how to spend the money. the speech took place earlier this week. [video clip] >> because we have managed the budget responsibly -- responsibly, i am proud to announce that every working kansan who filed taxes in 2021 will get a $250 rebate this year. $500 for mary's -- for married couples filing jointly. that is money back in your pocket to pay for child care and take your family on a mini vacation, or to buy groceries. while we are on the topic of groceries here is something we all know. food in kansas costs our families way too much.
and, even as we sit here with a record surplus, kansans continue to pay higher taxes on groceries than anyone in the country. it makes no sense. for years, many of us on both sides of the aisle had been calling for an end to the state sales tax on food. now, with this surplus in the bank and increased revenue because of our economic growth we can finally responsibly afford to totally eliminate the grocery sales tax. [applause] i have called on the legislature to send the bill to my desk, to end this tax, once and for all.
it will save kansas families hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. this is a commonsense policy on which democrats and hello. caller: good morning. the issue with texas besides the gerrymandering, if you look at the growth of texas, from people moving to texas, i'm not saying what party they are affiliated with, texas has increased by two congressional representatives, from 36 to 38. if you look at new mexico, colorado, kansas, oklahoma, missouri, arkansas, texas has as
many representatives as those states combined. they are called these districts. northeast texas has -- is the largest city. dallas and fort worth, the growth is there. they're going to carve up those district. in waste -- west testis, it is for districts. they are going to cut up the districts in east texas and not have representation of the people. texas has low taxes. the other issue is crime. we have to get a handle on crime. not so much civil access forfeiture, we must go with
criminal access forfeiture. if the federal government had local law enforcement in these states, surely they can have some equitable share when it comes to voting rights. host: the texas tribune reporting that texas will have 38 congressional seats. it's the only state that will get more than one. in austin, this is roy. good morning. caller: how are you doing this morning? i think our biggest problem in texas is the fact we've got a president of the doesn't care about the protection of our southern border. we live it every day with the influx of illegal immigrants. the other problem we have in texas is we are getting a plethora of california democrats
and democrats mother places that voted in certain ways to ruin their state and they are moving to texas. host: the previous caller mentioned there is a growth of congressional representation because of that growth. caller: this is true. what the caller needs to understand his representation is based on population. when we are talking about west texas where you may have 10 people, it's different than houston where you've got 5000 people. he needs to understand it is totally based on population. host: as far as your governors response to the first issue, immigration it, how do you think he is managing that? caller: i think he's doing a bang up job. i just saw on the news that one of the courts has shut down his initiative to stop the influx.
they had a case here in travis county where a judge said and illegal immigrants rights were blocked because the state laws don't supersede the federal laws. that opened the door for how many other immigrants to play that card and get out of jail. host: let's hear from someone in maryland. this is julia in baltimore. guest: good morning. the three-year limitation on benefits from social security when a person. it is not filed within three
years, they lose the benefits. the windfalls tax provision has been an issue for years. the person that cannot get social security because of a pension. host: let's go to carol in tennessee. caller: how are you this morning? in regards to every state, people are being affected. they raise the health insurance part of your social security. it doesn't even balance out. i realize our vote is like money. it has value. if it didn't have any value, people would not be fighting to keep us from voting.
we must continue to fight for our right to vote. them trying to keep us from voting shows how valuable are vote is. it is just like money. it has value. if it didn't have any value, people wouldn't be trying to keep people from getting a bottle of water. host: that was carol in clarksville, tennessee. major issues facing your state. this is jim in georgia. caller: good morning. i just want to say you are not the topic not see. you might be the inquisitor. are you there? host: yes. caller: in georgia, we have this camp fellow in office.
unfortunately, i didn't vote for them. i only voted for them because i could not bring myself to vote for somebody who wanted to take the confederate memorial off stone mountain. there is that. i don't know the woman that was running would have been any better. host: do you mean stacey abrams? caller: yes. i have studied her record. i'm not impressed with her. i am just not going to give her a pass because she's african-american. i am not going to do that. she probably is very well educated and has good programs. i think i would vote for her. host: what is the pressing issue in your state? caller: it's coming up for
election soon. i heard on another radio program the spending on this gubernatorial race in georgia may exceed $1 billion. there's that. i don't want to get sidetracked. i want to focus on camp. i think he's a big danger to our republic in that he does in fact subvert. he does subvert the vote. he's not allowing these ballot drop boxes and things like that. i think -- i can't believe people voted. i didn't know any better a couple of years ago. on reelection it, i can't see people voting for this guy. host: that was jim in georgia. governor kemp is running for
reelection. one of the things he talked about was the state of health care. >> i told george and i would focus on bringing an innovative solution to our health care challenges. not just expand a broken government program. that's why a worked alongside members of this body to craft the patient's first act. that would create access to our most vulnerable while lowering costs for millions of georgians. today, we see the benefits of that plan across the state. when i signed the act in 2019, gorge had only for health insurance carriers offering plans. today, we have nearly tripled that number with 11 carriers offering plans.
in 2019, only 26% of georgia counties had more than one carrier offering insurance. now, 98% of all counties have more than one carrier. that means expanded choice and lower costs. the states 100 39 million dollar investment in georgia access included in my budget is helped reduce premiums by an average of 12%. that is $850 in annual savings for georgians on the marketplace today. in rural counties where prices were highest, choices were few and options for care were limited. this has contributed to premium reduction from 25% to over 30% in some counties. host: we will hear from ron in
california. caller: california is a mixed bag as everyone knows. we do have a lot of people leaving to go to texas because the price of gas is $2.97. here's the good and the bad. the good about california is we are going to a mail-in voting system. that means we will have to be sure everyone is registered to vote properly. then they won't have to drive anywhere, they won't have to wait two or three hours in line to vote. they won't have to do any of that nonsense. people don't understand. you're not just voting for the president and vice president. we were voting all the way down the ticket.
you are voting school boards. you are voting the local sewage boards. all of these things have to be voted on. in california, we have initiatives. we wind up with maybe 10 initiatives that have to be voted on. if you actually are sitting the pamphlet, you have to read and actually discover what you were going to vote for. this can't be done in the voting booth. we have drop boxes now. that's good. i'm going to get off the voting thing. host: i want to go to another caller. thank you for your input. go ahead. caller: good morning. if you listen to republican
politicians, if you listen to c-span, there is a constant drumbeat, the border is out of control. i'm just wondering, what evidence is there that the border is out of control. i haven't seen any evidence at the border is out of control. have you seen any evidence the border is out of control? i suspect what's going on is fox news, which is a very dubious source, is saying the border is out of control. host: is this an issue in your state or not? caller: i live in suburban washington dc. i don't see any evidence the border is out of control. host: i am going to stop you
there. before we go to scott, one more governor. this is ralph northam of virginia. he used part of the speech he gave wednesday to talk about criminal justice reform. >> too often, our punishments and practices have their root in a more discriminatory and unfair past. i know some of you clapped on this one. that's why we have made marijuana use legal in the commonwealth of virginia. i want to thank senator lucas, delegate herring for their work on this, which is complicated. that's why we have ended the use
of the death penalty in virginia. the first southern state to do so. it was applied unfairly. we couldn't rely on the system to get it right. thanks to delegate mullen and many others who worked on this for years. i want you to look at the martinsville seven. black men, seven black men who were convicted of rape and sentenced to death by an all-white jury. in virginia, it was almost entirely black men who were sentenced to death for rape convictions. it was clear these seven men were executed because they were
black. i was glad to acknowledge that wrong in some measure by granting them a pardon earlier this year. our administration has restored the civil rights and voting rights for nearly 126,000 people and issued more than 1100 pardons. host: that was earlier this week. his last day of work as the governor of virginia. it was the first day for a publican glenn youngkin. his ceremony takes place today. we will show it to you tonight. one more call, this is from scott in georgia. go ahead. caller: i live in georgia as you said. i live in rural south georgia. i love coming to atlanta quite a
bit. i've done it for years and years. the number one issue is one simple thing, lawlessness. i have noticed over the past two years when i am in atlanta. after 4:00, you can't walk on the streets anymore without being accosted, somebody approaching you, they are generally age 14 or 15. they are standing in the streets, they are trying to sell water bottles. they don't care about you. they will hit your car. they will approach you on the street. there is no respect. there is no police anywhere. if you need to go to bed early
in a hotel and you are up past 11:00, there is dragracing in the street. there are no police anywhere. you have private security guards in these shops. you do not feel safe at large. host: that is scott in georgia, finishing off this section. i appreciate all of you that participated. typically, we tell you about our podcast series. we will be joined by matthew sitman. we will get more of the insight from him when washington journal continues. >> weekends on c-span are an
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