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AirTalk Elections Interview: California State Controller

Voters cast their ballots at a Masonic Lodge on June 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Voters cast their ballots at a Masonic Lodge on June 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
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A nearly $200 billion state budget was approved by the governor for next year and the person who’ll be keeping track of that cash is on the ballot this coming November.

The state controller is the state’s chief fiscal officer, and has the power to look into every dollar spent by California.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Betty Yee who has been controller since 2015, is up for re-election. Her platform includes retirement security, fighting climate change and improving housing affordability. Her challenger is the Republican Konstantinos Roditis, a businessperson whose platform includes opposition to the high-speed rail and the repeal of the gas tax increase.

Today, we hear from both candidates about their visions and plans for the position.

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Betty Yee, Democratic State Controller since 2015; she tweets @BettyYeeforCA

Konstantinos Roditis, Republican candidate for California State Controller; former City Commissioner for the City of Anaheim; he tweets @KonRoditis

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