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John Myers

John Myers is Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED Public Radio and "The California Report," heard daily on 23 public radio stations across the Golden State.

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Tax Initiative Deal In the Works, Gathering Signatures Would Be Pricey

March 14, 2012 | 10:21 am

Tax Initiative Deal In the Works, Gathering Signatures Would Be Pricey

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Source: Kqed By all indications, there’s now a d├ętente in the works that would head off the otherwise expected November ballot clash between Governor Jerry Brown and liberal activists over a tax increase. Multiple sources confirm a compromise is being crafted that would adhere in some ways to Brown’s existing initiative — mainly, by still […]

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Jerry Brown Files Ballot Initiative For Higher Taxes

December 5, 2011 | 2:39 pm

Jerry Brown Files Ballot Initiative For Higher Taxes

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For a governor who took office with more actual experience than virtually any elected leader in modern times, the long-awaited announcement of a budget-related initiative seems to mark the official end to Act I of Jerry Brown’s return to Sacramento. In his inaugural speech on January 3, Brown said the following: “The budget I propose […]

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November 17, 2011 | 9:06 am

LAO Says Budget Shortfall Will Require Automatic Cuts, But Brown Administration May Have Final Say

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The annual fiscal forecast of the Legislative Analyst’s Office is always interesting to budget wonks, but never so consequential to the services used by millions of Californians as it is this year. That forecast, released yesterday, projects the state will take in $3.7 billion less revenue than the budget signed by Governor Jerry Brown, thus […]

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Calif. Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

November 10, 2011 | 2:35 pm

Calif. Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

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SAN FRANCISCO — The crux of the legal fight waged this morning in front of California’s seven Supreme Court justices seems to be who controls the fate of local redevelopment agencies: legislators or voters? And even then, is that fate a zero sum game — that is, must the agencies continue to exist exactly as […]

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Reformers Eye November 2012 For Fixing California Governance Crisis

November 8, 2011 | 9:16 am

Reformers Eye November 2012 For Fixing California Governance Crisis

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Efforts to reform California’s system of government — a system that virtually no one denies is dysfunctional — have been percolating for the last few years, but have never actually reached the boiling point. Now, reformers hope they can finally turn up the heat in time for the November 2012 ballot. To do so will […]

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New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

November 3, 2011 | 2:50 pm

New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

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There’s a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber when assessing two new and explosive initiative proposals to rework the pensions of public employees in California. Why do the proposed ballot measures go after the pension system for current workers? Because that’s where the money is. That quote, of course, […]

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Analysis: Final Decision by Guv on Scores of Bills Saw Brown Paddling Both Left and Right

October 10, 2011 | 8:26 am

Analysis: Final Decision by Guv on Scores of Bills Saw Brown Paddling Both Left and Right

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown’s self-described “canoe theory” seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the test this past week navigating Capitol waters thick with hundreds of pieces of legislation. For […]

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September 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm

Reporter’s Notebook: Bill-o-Rama!

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California’s state legislators have gone home, leaving in their wake hundreds of bills either ratified or rejected. They have also, for the time being, shut down their interparty warfare operations… which gives us a moment to open up a raft of questions about why things played out the way they did these last few weeks. […]

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Brown Vetoes Yee Helmet Bill, Simitian Bill on Cell Phone Penalties; “Not Every Human Problem Deserves a Law”

September 7, 2011 | 10:49 am

Brown Vetoes Yee Helmet Bill, Simitian Bill on Cell Phone Penalties; “Not Every Human Problem Deserves a Law”

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It was a veto message that, if not for the famous signature at the bottom, sounded like the guiding principle of a conservative Republican governor. “Not every human problem deserves a law,” it said. Of course the author of that statement is not a Republican, but rather Democrat Jerry Brown. And it’s one of several […]

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Redistricting Process Ends — Analysis

August 1, 2011 | 10:49 am

Redistricting Process Ends — Analysis

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There are two, and only two, options left at this point for the political districts in which Californians will reside for the next decade: the current maps from the state’s citizens redistricting panel or as-yet-to-exist maps drawn by judges. And that second option — judicial intervention — only will happen if opponents prevail in court, […]

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