Monthly Archives: June 2008

Tax Credits and the Budget Debate

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Budget discussions this year keep coming back to the issue of tax credits and tax loopholes, and closing some of each to help resolve the state’s $15 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins on Tuesday. There are more … Continue reading »


Prison Hot Potato

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If you only remember two things about the crisis in California prisons, might I suggest the following: (1) the prisons are overcrowded and in the crosshairs of the federal courts, and (2) the prison system is apparently in need of … Continue reading »


One Deadline Comes & Goes

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Early summer is deadline season at the state Capitol. Legislation must move out of policy committees, the state budget is supposed to be enacted, and… in an election year… legislators and the governor must act to place proposals on the … Continue reading »


The One Word Change

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The ongoing saga of whether some reproductively intact pets in California should be spayed or neutered goes on, after today’s approval by a state Senate panel of controversial legislation on the subject… but approval that came only after the change … Continue reading »


Amended Bills: Pet Sterilization, Porn Tax

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With the looming deadline for legislation to clear policy committees in the state Capitol, some of the more noteworthy bills of the two year sesssion are being either tweaked or virtually rewritten. Two of the bills that are newly modified … Continue reading »


The Pros and Cons of Spending Caps

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With all of the talk this week, and this budget season, about a new constitutionally mandated cap on state spending, we decided to take a wider view of the issue. On this morning’s edition of The California Report, I reported … Continue reading »


Court Receiver Ups The Ante, Again

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Henry Hill: “You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.” Tommy DeVito: “What do you mean I’m funny? You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me… but I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m … Continue reading »


The Problem Is The Problem

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On the surface, the pitched PR battle waged today between Democrats and Republicans seems like it’s flavored with a dash of the same old spin. But in reality, it goes to the heart of the literal budget problem that’s plagued … Continue reading »


Redistricting: Ballot Measure #11

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A long November ballot for California voters just got longer, as Secretary of State Debra Bowen has certified a proposal to strip legislators of the power to draw their own political districts. The redistricting proposal was penned by representatives of … Continue reading »


Working The Book, Day 3

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It’s sayings like the one above that go to the heart of how the sausage is made under the statehouse dome here in Sacramento. So let me decipher. The “book” is officially the Conference Committee Agenda, the unreasonably thick document … Continue reading »