Category Archives: CA Budget

Republicans Urge Spot (Budget Bill) Removal

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They are 18 words, repeated over and over in 80 pieces of legislation, ones that provoked a testy debate this morning under the Capitol dome: “It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget … Continue reading »


Analyst Sees $2 Billion Less In Brown Tax 2.0

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Governor Jerry Brown is no doubt happy that his modified tax increase initiative has already received its fiscal vetting, less than 48 hours after being formally introduced. But that vetting doesn’t settle on an estimate of how much tax revenue … Continue reading »


Tax Initiative Deal Struck, Gathering Signatures Will Be Pricey

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2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Governor Brown confirmed to reporters in southern California this afternoon that a deal has, in fact, been reached on a November tax initiative. As such, this posting includes updated information and has a slightly tweaked headline from … Continue reading »


Brown's Tax Is Ahead, But Why Not By More?

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A brand new statewide poll shows Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase initiative slightly ahead with voters. And that’s no doubt a good thing if you’re the governor. But a more interesting question, it seems, is why isn’t it ahead … Continue reading »


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 »


Simple Tax Initiatives, Not So Simple Impacts

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“We have a message that is pretty simple and pretty powerful,” Molly Munger told a group of political reporters after a recent appearance in Sacramento promoting her education tax initiative. Similar words have also been used by backers of another … Continue reading »


Dems Day 2: Brown Passes on Tax Pitch

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SAN DIEGO — Well, so much for the notion that Governor Jerry Brown would use his big speech at the California Democratic Party convention to pitch his November tax increase initiative. In a speech running a little more than 11 … Continue reading »


Another Shot at Tax Break Democrats Love to Hate

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For the last several years, Democrats have been relentless at trying to undo a hotly debated tax incentive for large corporations that was signed into law as part of the 2009 deal. And now they’re launching another shot. The 2012 … Continue reading »


Brown Appears Unsuccessful at Blocking Other Tax Measures

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Somewhere out there is a crystal ball that can tell us whether multiple tax increase initiatives on the November ballot means voters will reject all of them en masse. But until that clairvoyant device shows up, we’re left to wonder … Continue reading »


Budget Dreams and Dangers of Facebook's IPO

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In the world of state budget writing, the past is often prologue. And that’s why news of a tech company’s dazzling initial public offering is nothing new in Sacramento, and why there’s both hope… and caution. And the bottom line: … Continue reading »