Monthly Archives: July 2010

Podcast: Waiting To Exhale

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There are a lot of folks holding their breath these days, just waiting for that new budget deal. Um, don’t. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast (yes, we’re back), we check in on the not-so-speedy budget negotiations and the many … Continue reading »


Budget +29: Does California Have A Rainy Day Fund?

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As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hits the road to talk to groups around the state about the stalled budget talks here in Sacramento, he keeps telling audiences that California has no reserve “rainy day” fund. It’s a statement that, one assumes, … Continue reading »


A Climate Campaign?

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If you’re a backer of Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign and you read tonight’s new statewide poll, you’ve got to be saying to yourself: can he make this campaign about climate change? Okay, maybe not a campaign exclusively about the issue. … Continue reading »


Budget +28: A Tax Swap?

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Consider this the first real leak from the seemingly stalled budget negotiations: a proposal being bandied about to raise most income tax rates in California while lowering sales tax rates, erasing between $2 billion and $3 billion of the deficit. … Continue reading »


Untangling The Local-State Knot

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Talk to enough veterans of the world of California government and you come to realize that one key element in ‘fixing’ what ails the state may be trying to untangle the complicated, and often dysfunctional, relationship between cities and counties … Continue reading »


Budget +26: Kinder, Gentler PR

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has never been one to miss an opportunity to stoke the fires under the feet of legislative leaders when it comes to the now annual summer budget impasse. And that held true this morning in Los Angeles — … Continue reading »


November Props Pros & Cons

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Unusual alliances… pointed and sometimes personal arguments… and independent analysis — all can be found in the newly released draft documents for this November statewide ballot guide.


Money (Not) In The Bank

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As we wait for yet another state budget impasse to be resolved, there’s one sure bet: the final deal will include assumptions about money that never materialize. Why is it a sure bet? Because they’ve been used in just about … Continue reading »


Budget +16: Paychecks Proceed

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There are going to be a lot of sighs breathed after today’s court hearing on whether most state employees will get minimum wage on August 2 — sighs of relief from workers and, perhaps, sighs of frustration from the administration … Continue reading »


Meg's Booklet: The November Edition

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The gubernatorial campaign of Meg Whitman has a new edition of their much publicized (and probably very expensive) policy booklet ready for the fall election. And while it’s being marketed as a more targeted look at her plan to create … Continue reading »