Monthly Archives: July 2008

And In Other Capitol News...

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You mean there was other news today besides the governor’s executive order on state employee pay? * DON’T BORROW IT HERE: Chalk up another group that’s ratcheting up the anger over possible plans to balance the budget by tapping into … Continue reading »


Guv's Pay Decision: Who, How, Ever?

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Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing of an executive order to delay full paychecks for tens of thousands of state workers, and to layoff temporary workers is now… old news. But there’s more to the story. To wit… * ARNOLD VS. JOHN: It … Continue reading »


Perata Attempts To Squelch Borrowing Buzz

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 29 — The hallmark of a good horror movie is that just when everyone thinks they’ve stabbed, or strangled, or mutilated the monster to death… he rears up again, scaring the bejeebers out of everyone. In budget … Continue reading »


"I Think The Law Is Very Clear"

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It appears that it’s full steam ahead for Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to issue an executive order on Thursday holding back all but minimum wage for as many as 200,000 state employees. But Controller John Chiang, the guy who actually writes … Continue reading »


The Elusive Budget Jackpot, Part II

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 28 — For more than a year, the California Lottery has been a tempting, and theoretical, treasure chest for lawmakers in search of a government cash infusion. But there’s no guarantee that the treasure chest actually has … Continue reading »


No Pay Cut... For Now

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 27 — Late word that Governor Schwarzenegger will not sign an executive order today to slash the pay of state workers down to minimum wage, but now intends to do so by week’s end. “Thursday marks the … Continue reading »


The Elusive Budget Jackpot, Part I

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 27 — With this year’s budget negotiations continually coming back to some scheme, any scheme it seems, to extract money from the California Lottery, some context seems to be in order. On this morning’s edition of The … Continue reading »


Monday

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Look for updates on the budget impasse and more again next week. I’m out of the state visiting family for the weekend. Apologies, too, for the missing podcast this week…


Guv Ups the Budget Ante?

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 22 — If there was ever any doubt that Sacramento is a “company town,” then all you needed to hear was the collective Munch-like scream this afternoon after news broke that Governor Schwarzenegger is considering an executive … Continue reading »


Voters: Pols Not Up to the Task?

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BUDGET DAY PLUS 22 — The old joke, in various forms, is that if a politician wants a friend, he or she should get a dog. That’s good advice for state legislators and Governor Schwarzenegger if today’s Field Poll is … Continue reading »