Category Archives: CA Economy

The Great Capitol Capital Gains Debate

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For years, we’ve all talked about how dependent California government is on the taxes paid by the state’s most wealthy. Those dollars, often coming from their investments, can fluctuate from changes in the economy or tax policy. But this year, … Continue reading »


LAO Predicts Trigger Pulled On Budget Cuts

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The annual fiscal forecast of the Legislative Analyst’s Office is always interesting to budget wonks, but never so consequential to the services used by millions of Californians as it is this year. That forecast, released this morning, projects the state … Continue reading »


Brown Touts (Almost) Deal on Jobs

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Governor Jerry Brown was once famous for declaring an “era of limits,” and today’s news conference on a bipartisan jobs agreement brought to mind that classic quip in that the news was, well, limited: Brown’s announcement reached half a deal… … Continue reading »


Budget Revenues Already Shaky

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If Governor Jerry Brown’s first budget is going to survive without even deeper cuts to schools, health care for the poor, and public safety, things are going to have to get a lot better than they were in July. And … Continue reading »


Budget Journos Wooed With Surveys

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The endless news cycle, as every journalist knows these days, demands a steady stream of reporting… and California’s fiscal crisis is no exception. And those seeking to influence the debate know it, too, which is probably why Capitol reporters found … Continue reading »


California's Woes In Perspective

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PHOENIX — For several years, my pilgrimage to the annual gathering of reporters who cover the nation’s statehouses has usually included one or more experts telling the group, “Now if you want to really see a state with problems, look … Continue reading »


Campaign Check: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

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California’s economy is in the tank. 62% of those surveyed in a recent poll said they’re worried about having enough money to pay the mortgage or rent. And about two million people — or more — are out of work. … Continue reading »


Team Meg Doubles Down on Brown and Taxes

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Twelve days before election day and less than twelve hours after a statewide poll showed their candidate trailing, the campaign of Meg Whitman has launched another attack on Jerry Brown on the issue of taxes — claiming he’ll raise $1100 … Continue reading »


Our "Business Exodus" Report Gets New Data

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“The annual net employment change in California due to relocation — a loss of about 9,000 jobs — represents only 0.05% of California‚Äôs 18 million jobs.” And with that, new data today from the Public Policy Institute of California again … Continue reading »


Campaign Check: A Business Exodus?

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By now, it’s become a staple of Meg Whitman’s stump speech in the race for governor. In numerous events, the GOP nominee refers — by name — to large corporations that packed their bags and high tailed it out of … Continue reading »