01/25/17: Executive Actions on Immigration, Budget Woes in Oklahoma City
January 24, 2017•44 min
Coming up on today's show: The latest news from Washington, D.C. with The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich, who discusses President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders including his plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and halt immigration from Muslim nations. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett discusses his efforts to transform Oklahoma City and revitalize its downtown area. President Trump signed an executive order reopening the door for construction of the Dakota Access pipeline from North and South Dakota to Illinois, and ordered the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth and a tribal attorney considers what these latest actions will mean for the tribes of the Dakotas. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are grappling with a 900 million dollar budget shortfall. The crisis is impacting the lives of Oklahomans across the state. Oklahoma Representative Leslie Osborn is the chair of Oklahoma’s House Appropriations Committee and discusses efforts to correct the state’s budget shortfall. Emily Wendler, a reporter with KOSU in Oklahoma City, discusses the tough choices local public schools are facing as they grapple with a funding crisis. And Don Wentworth, a former public school principal, discusses the significant challenges for public schools from the perspective of an educator. Leo Guevara, a Mexican immigrant and small business owner in Oklahoma City discusses his concerns about the immigration policy promises of President Donald Trump and how it's already impacting his business. Subscribe to The Takeaway's podcast using iTunes or your favorite podcast client so you'll always have the latest episode. Get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.