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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Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. If that opinion holds, it may raise the stakes for a budget written with an expectation of at […]
Audio: John Myers discusses budget on KQED Radio Assuming Democratic legislative leaders have their ducks in a row, by Tuesday night the 2011 budget fight could be one for the record books, after confirmation yesterday that Governor Jerry Brown has closed party ranks on a budget that is missing the one thing Brown has seemed […]
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 serve in the Assembly and Senate. But inside the big domed building just down the […]
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 in place to send to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday. No election in 2011, no […]
Given the Senate’s Democratic majority, it’s not surprising the bill moved forward. The bigger question, though, is what impact it might have on the budget stalemate.
In fact, much of this morning’s debate over SB 653 seemed to be more about state than local budgeting. Steinberg’s bill is both simple and clever: local governments — a county, city, even a school district — would be able to impose a number of taxes which are now the exclusive province of the state, as long as the voters approve.
For months, Governor Jerry Brown’s political strategy to get his cut-and-tax budget plan approved has been to make public schools the poster child for what would happen without additional tax dollars. A new poll suggests that while the strategy has some merit, it also has some pitfalls. The statewide public poll from the Public Policy […]