Tag Archives: 2011 Budget

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 »


Court Freezes Redevelopment Revise

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In the six weeks since Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget into law, you’d be hard pressed to find a time period where the plan has been more rattled than now. The latest tremor came this afternoon, when … 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 »


Amazon Tax Suspended If Referendum Qualifies?

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Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. If that opinion … Continue reading »


To the Referendum!

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The initiative may the most popular form of direct democracy in California, but 2012 has the potential for the spotlight to be recast on one of the lesser known of the powers created a century ago: the referendum. This morning, … Continue reading »


Budget Lawsuit #1: Redevelopment

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Local redevelopment officials and leaders of several California cities took aim — as expected — at the newly inked state budget this afternoon, suing the state for its plan to revamp redevelopment agencies and redistribute billions of dollars to state … Continue reading »


Podcast: Sue Me Summer

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Now that the budget is wrapped and the Legislature has gone on summer vacation, things are all said and done in Sacramento, right? Not so fast. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines the soon-to-come battles over the budget and its … Continue reading »


Amazon Tax Referendum Filed

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With the state budget not yet two weeks old, the first of what could be multiple challenges to its underpinning policies has been issued: a petition for the voters to overturn the new law requiring sales tax collection from online … Continue reading »


State Poised to Lose Indian Casino Cash?

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As legislators ratified a new state budget last week, it’s doubtful that many of them considered the dangers to that budget posed by the final legal smackdown of California’s attempt to get a cut of millions of dollars in tribal … Continue reading »


Notebook: From Estimates to Secessionists

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For most of the last decade of my life, I’ve spent the Independence Day weekend either waiting for the phone to ring about a budget deal, or camped out in a Capitol hallway awaiting a budget deal. This year, a … Continue reading »