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Political Inside Game, Outside Game... All in One Day

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You don’t get many political multi-tasking days like this one: heated debate over legislation down to its final day to survive, a new alarm over the state’s finances, and public disclosure of all the campaign cash raised by candidates and … 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Brown Blocks Dems' Budget Shot

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In a move that set the Capitol ablaze with chatter and — depending on your company — either praise or scorn, Governor Jerry Brown today vetoed the budget sent to him less than 24 hours ago by his fellow Democrats. … Continue reading »


Democrats Craft Budget Sans GOP

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We may never know for sure where the point of no return was passed in bipartisan budget talks this year, but it now seems clear that those talks are all but over and that Democrats have a majority vote plan … Continue reading »


Watching the Tax Dollars Come In

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Wednesday 10:49 a.m. update: The last two days since this posting was written have been huge for income tax receipts — almost $1.9 billion in just 48 hours, thus putting the state on a path to possibly exceeding expectations. No … Continue reading »


So Very Much Budget Work To Do. And Soon.

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It’s often said that nothing focuses the mind so much as a deadline. And yet, there are always deadlines around Sacramento that are… well, flexible. But this year, everyone seems to believe the deadline on Governor Jerry Brown’s budget plan … Continue reading »