Category Archives: CA Budget

Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State

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If there’s one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity… all at the same time. The governor’s roughly 20 … Continue reading »


Analyst Urges Legislators Think Hard on Brown's Tax Plans

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Governor Jerry Brown’s quest to have voters approve a multi-million dollar tax increase is key to his plan for balancing the state’s books. But might the uncertainty of winning that election force deep spending cuts now by officials who will … Continue reading »


The Whip Snaps at High Speed Rail... and More

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For the man whose Central Valley hometown is supposed to be an anchor point in the first construction phase of high speed rail, Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems intent on doing everything he can do block the project. And given McCarthy … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: Tax Talks, Supremes and Signatures

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We may complain that there’s no rest for the weary, but political junkies would be disappointed if the tasty morsels of news came to an end with the unveiling of a new state budget. Right? If your answer is yes, … Continue reading »


Surprise! The New State Budget

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The unveiling of a governor’s state budget every January is an annual, and well rehearsed, ritual: budget decisions are made in late December, budget goes to the printer, gubernatorial staffers privately brief some stakeholder groups (some who leak to the … Continue reading »


Speaker Perez: Fix Water Bond. And More.

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As the Legislature returns to Sacramento, the leader of the lower house is sounding confident but cautious on some of the more challenging issues in year ahead. And so the headlines from an interview with Assembly Speaker John Perez in … Continue reading »


Panel: High Speed Rail Plans Not Fully Cooked

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A panel of independent reviewers says that without more certainty on funding and operations, any start to construction of a high speed rail system “represents an immense financial risk to the state of California.” The new report is further proof … Continue reading »


California Supremes Rule, Redevelopment is History

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In a ruling that is no doubt sending shock waves through city halls across California, the state Supreme Court has ruled that only half of a state budget proposal diverting redevelopment dollars is legal. That split decision means that more … Continue reading »


Brown Announces Some, Not All, Budget Trigger Cuts

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California’s Latin-fluent governor, as he likes to do, invoked the ancient language when asked what he would say to millions of the state’s citizens impacted by about $1 billion in automatic, and immediate, budget cuts. “Nemo dat non habet,” said … Continue reading »


Brown May Have Found Tax Sweet Spot, Says Poll

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A new statewide poll suggests Governor Jerry Brown may very well start out his initiative campaign to raise taxes with a bit of a tailwind, though it offers clues on how that breeze could still switch directions. First, the headline … Continue reading »