A "Comprehensive" Budget Deal Is... ?

March 3, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget · 1 Comment 

KQED/John Myers

The leader of one of California's most influential interest groups dipped his feet oh so carefully into the budget debate for the first time this morning, hinting that current talks of mixing cuts and taxes just might... might... be worth eventual support.

But he was careful to never explicitly say so.
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Judge Strikes Prop 25's Taxes Reference

August 5, 2010 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Budget, Elections · 1 Comment 

Photo: Getty Images

Everyone involved in asking voters to either approve or reject the November ballot measure making it easier for the Legislature to pass a budget knows one thing: the voters won't make it easier to raise taxes.

And that's why they're duking it out over the title and summary of Proposition 25. This morning, a judge removed a sentence from the title of Prop 25 that says it won't affect the supermajority vote for a tax hike, calling that sentence "misleading."
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Budget Initiative Battle Line: Fees

March 30, 2010 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Budget, Elections · 4 Comments 

If you follow California politics, you're well versed in the pros and cons of reducing the legislative vote for a new state budget to a simple majority of each house. But should the issue make it to the ballot this fall, you might see opponents focus on one specific budget process: the raising of fees, which critics like to say are just another word for taxes.

It's a complicated issue, and one that shows just how eternal the fight seems in California over the way the state budget is crafted and implemented.
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