Tag Archives: California Budget

Court Says Furloughs, Budget Cuts OK

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Two nasty legal fights over Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2008 and 2009 budget actions are now history, with the governor winning both battles today in the California Supreme Court. But on the furloughs, future governors should be careful not to read … Continue reading »


Campaign Check: Brown's Budget Plans

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Here’s a shortcut for thinking about what Jerry Brown has, so far, said he would do about the state’s budget crisis if elected governor on November 2: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, I’m not kidding. The … Continue reading »


November's Ballotapalooza

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Political consultants. Arnold Schwarzenegger. California’s congressional Democrats. BP. The forever warring California Legislature. Consider these some of the key early players worth noting in the ten measures that made it onto the November 2 statewide ballot, each of which received … Continue reading »


Soda Pop & Oil Erase The Deficit?

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Assembly Speaker John Perez and his fellow Democrats are lining up behind a budget deficit fix that mixes soda pop, crude oil pumped out of the ground in California, and cold hard cash from Wall Street investors. Seriously.


Podcast: Under Pressure

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Cue the David Bowie/Queen rock classic. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines the wild week that was in the race for governor and in the early skirmishes over the state’s ever-bleeding budget. On the election front, the midweek poll makes … Continue reading »


The Audacity of Austerity

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“We cannot afford what’s going on here.” That comment, one of many over the course of a half hour long interview, seems to exemplify the real core of Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor — a campaign that will go down … Continue reading »


Whitman: $10-15 Billion in Waste, Fraud, Abuse

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Meg Whitman may be a newcomer to politics, but she seems eager to reopen a very long running debate about how much taxpayer money is being used properly… and how much is being wasted. In a one-on-one interview today, the … Continue reading »


Final Budget, Familiar Battlelines

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Eighteen minutes. Four questions from reporters. And with that, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a beeline for the door Friday afternoon, a bit of a demeanor of frustration even as he delivered remarks full of bravado and tough talk about what he … Continue reading »


Podcast: Ouch!

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This week’s Capital Notes Podcast, a little late in arriving due to the afternoon release of a revised budget, is full of pain… $19 billion in tough decisions about state government programs and the folks who depend on those programs. … Continue reading »


Podcast: Sticky Wicket

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Things are getting complicated as May unfolds, from the race for governor to the soon-to-be fought battle over another state budget crisis. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we look back at last week’s GOP gubernatorial debate (which is now … Continue reading »