There hasn’t been much of a post-mortem among politicos about the May 19 election — partially because the state’s fiscal crisis hasn’t allowed time for pondering, but also because it’s seemed pretty darn clear: the voters thought the budget deficit … Continue reading
It seems Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s position at this juncture of the budget deficit debate can be summed up thusly: he’s resolute on the size of the needed solution, but flexible on how to get there. In every way but one, … Continue reading
Pick your analogy… an impression of the gamesmanship now being played, and where where things stand inside the state Capitol on resolving California’s $20+ billion budget deficit. For now, they’re both valid. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we examine … Continue reading
As California’s state budget fracas begins to heat up, it’s getting awfully hard to sort through the numbers, data, and pitches that are being presented to prove particular points. So let’s take a moment to get our bearings. (Note: especially … Continue reading
Arnold Schwarzenegger the optimist was back on display this morning in his brief, and serious, speech to a joint session of the Legislature. But the governor, who’s fond of saying that “he alone cannot lift” the fiscal weights of California, … Continue reading
Welcome to the final month of the 2008-2009 fiscal year for state government, and buckle your seatbelts for what promises to be one of the most unusual — and difficult — summers in state Capitol history.