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
Note: This story has been updated from its original verbage to reflect my interview with the president of the CTA. –JM In the days leading up to Governor Jerry Brown’s release of a revised budget next month, the state Capitol … Continue reading
Meg Whitman’s budget plans are about to get a healthy dose of political gunfire from an interest group with plenty of financial ammunition. The California Teachers Association announced this evening that they’re launching a new campaign TV ad attacking the … Continue reading
The headline, rushed online yesterday by news outlets looking for a scoop, makes it clear the state’s budget woes aren’t getting better. Maybe even worse. But deeper inside the new in-depth analysis of the Legislative Analyst’s Office are examples of … Continue reading
Following the well-worn advice that one good turn deserves another, Governor Schwarzenegger has unveiled his own TV ad on the budget deficit debate, four days after the debut of an ad criticizing him for proposing deeper spending cuts. “Sacramento is … Continue reading
The debate over erasing California’s massive budget deficit may now be headed into a new, and particularly bitter phase… as arguably the state’s most powerful interest group hammers Governor Schwarzenegger for his suggestion to further reduce spending on public schools.
With no fanfare, the main campaign in support of the six budget measures on the May 19 ballot has pivoted to a media blitz focused on just two measures… the two with the most state budget money riding on them, … Continue reading
Four of the six measures on next month’s statewide ballot seek to pull money, from various sources, to help plug the state’s immediate and near-term budget hole. One of them, if voters approve, would widen that hole by more than … Continue reading
With the statewide special election now less than five weeks away, the first TV ad of the campaign to pass the budget-related measures is out. And given its backers, it’s not surprising which measures it promotes.
The first campaign ads have been released by backers of the six budget-related ballot measures, sending a simple and expected message to voters: vote yes or things will get worse.