Tag Archives: Legislative Analyst

Budget +43: Impasse Yes, Furloughs No (For Now)

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It’s a tired old adage that “It’s always darkest just before dawn,” and yet that’s the usual course of summer budget impasses here at the state Capitol. Just when the problem seems most unfixable, a deal is struck and everyone … Continue reading »


Money (Not) In The Bank

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As we wait for yet another state budget impasse to be resolved, there’s one sure bet: the final deal will include assumptions about money that never materialize. Why is it a sure bet? Because they’ve been used in just about … Continue reading »


Open Meeting Rules Optional?

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An little noticed item in Governor Schwarzenegger’s revised budget is a great example of how efforts to craft a balanced state spending plan have truly become equivalent to searching your couch for spare change. The proposal: stop requiring local governments … Continue reading »


The Budget Deficit & Renting The Future

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You probably don’t need any reminders of just how bad the options are for resolving California’s state budget woes. And yet, one section in today’s new analysis of a plan to sell state office buildings and then lease them back … Continue reading »


Leg Analyst: Guv's 'Odd Couple' Too Odd

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“We recommend rejection of this proposal.” That’s about as simple as it gets in Capitol budget terms, and that’s the bottom line of the Legislative Analyst’s Office after examining Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s novel proposal to link funding for prisons with … Continue reading »


In-Home Care Analysis Weighs Costs vs. Compassion

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Few government programs in California seem to be more often embroiled in budget fights than In-Home Supportive Services, the important but costly effort by state and local officials to provide help for hundreds of thousands who have trouble caring for … Continue reading »


Tax Commission Plan = $10 Billion Drop In State Revenues?

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Governor Schwarzenegger used his State of the State address last week to urge the Legislature into acting on reforming the state’s tax system, while also jabbing lawmakers that a bipartisan commission’s ideas had “disappeared” somewhere under the Capitol dome. Well, … Continue reading »


LAO: Chances of Getting Arnold's DC Wish List "Almost Non-Existent"

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The Legislature’s non-partisan cadre of analysts has weighed in on some of the big assumptions and proposals in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new budget plan. And while many of the ideas are looked upon favorably, one glaring exception is the Guv’s … Continue reading »


Cash Is King

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July 12, 2007 seemed to be an unremarkable day here in Sacramento. It was a Thursday with a pleasant un-summer-like high temperature of 85 degrees. The budget was almost two weeks late, though that certainly wasn’t surprising. But that day … Continue reading »


$21 Billion Deficit Now, Worse Later

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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 »