Tag Archives: 2011 Budget

Podcast: Happy New Year

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Your idea of a fun day in July may be sitting poolside with a cold drink. But in Sacramento, it’s celebrating the passage of time… in fiscal terms, that is. And this year, unlike so many others, the budget is … Continue reading »


Budget: Good or Bad, It's Done

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171 days after Governor Jerry Brown proposed a spending plan to the Legislature, Brown sat at a table in his Capitol office and signed a compromise on-time version into law, one that adheres to most of his suggested cuts, skips … Continue reading »


Oh, What A Night

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If the 2011 state budget fight holds any lesson, any takeaway, perhaps it’s this: California may be diverse, but it’s politics are divergent. Differences that elsewhere are celebrated have, in Sacramento, bred dysfunction. And the guy in the corner office … Continue reading »


Brown Joins Dems In Budget Deal

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Assuming Democratic legislative leaders have their ducks in a row, by Tuesday night the 2011 budget fight could be one for the record books, after confirmation today that Governor Jerry Brown has closed party ranks on a budget that is … Continue reading »


Does California Need A Budget Cop?

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The one thing that the recent debate over who gets to call a California budget balanced has shown… is that perhaps the old system has finally run its course. For generations, legislators and governors promised that the state’s fiscal plan … Continue reading »


Podcast: Spare Some Change?

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Who says legislators aren’t doing a better job these days of spending less of your money? After all, they are spending almost $49,000 a day less. That’s their missing salary and per diem payments, of course. This week’s Capital Notes … Continue reading »


Does Brown's Budget Have a Pulse?

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Shortly after Senate Republicans, even those who have been negotiating with Governor Jerry Brown, told reporters that they wouldn’t vote to conditionally extend Brown’s tax package, the so-called “bridge” plan, the leader of the Senate’s majority party offered the quote … Continue reading »


Legislators Lose Pay. See You In Court?

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Given the hard-to-be-lower approval ratings of the California Legislature, there’s likely to be a lot of cheers around the state today from Controller John Chiang’s decision to cancel the salary and expense payments for the 120 men and women who … Continue reading »


10 Days to Go, Yes, But $10 Billion?

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The historic veto of the state budget by Governor Jerry Brown may have set the stage for some drama in these final few days before the new fiscal year. But even though the governor insists that his tax package is … Continue reading »


Politician Pay: All Eyes on Controller

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If you think that this week in Sacramento will be dominated by the aftermath of the historic budget veto or the negotiations needed between the two political parties, you’re wrong. All eyes are going to be on the state’s chief … Continue reading »