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With Hands Tied, A Salary Freeze

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If you voted for Proposition 112 in June 1990 and thought that you’d created an independent commission with full control over the salaries of state lawmakers… think again. After a much ballyhooed flirtation with cutting the pay of legislators and … Continue reading »


Tonight's Jackpot Winner: Wall Street?

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Ah, where to begin? Governor Schwarzenegger’s new budget proposal reminds me of the old adage that journalists have used so much that it’s become a badge of honor in our profession: if people on both sides of something are mad … Continue reading »


While I Was Away...

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Well, nice to see nothing much happened while I was away on a weeklong trip back east. Good thing there were no, ummm, political bombshells. Just a note to say things will be back to normal here on the newsblog … Continue reading »


PPIC: Willing To Accept Taxes?

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The great parlor debate of 2008 in state Capitol circles has been whether Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget and its across-the-board cut in every sector of government is really a Trojan horse of sorts for some kind of eventual tax increase. … Continue reading »


PPIC: Not So Fast, Hillary and Mac

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Finally, some presidential politics to talk about in this PPIC poll… and warning signs for supporters of John McCain and Hillary Clinton that the two pols may face an uphill battle here. The poll shows 61% of voters now have … Continue reading »


Auditor: Chiro Board Violated State Law

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A damning report is out this morning chronicling the activities of the State Board of Chiropractor Examiners — a report that flatly says that board members broke the law. The report released by California State Auditor Elaine Howle doesn’t say … Continue reading »


"Punish Sacramento"

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Governor Schwarzenegger kicked off his latest road show this morning in Fresno, talking budget reform and striking a curious balance between defending elected officials and criticizing them. The governor’s event with Fresno Mayor Alan Autry and others had a familiar … Continue reading »


Budget Reform... Reformed?

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Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger was trying to right one of his wrongs from 2005 on the subject of political map drawing. Next week, he’s expected to resuscitate another one of the 2005 “year of refrorm” issues: a constitutional amendment to … Continue reading »


Legislative Analyst To Retire

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The leader of the one independent, nonpartisan place for state budget and fiscal information says she will step down later this year after 32 years of state service. Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill released a short notice this morning announcing her … Continue reading »


Grab Bag: New Taxes? No Limits?

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On this hump day, while the nation is riveted by the goings on at the statehouse that’s 2,852 miles away from Sac Town (hello Albany), here are a few items that… granted… may not be able to compete for intrigue … Continue reading »