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John Myers

John Myers is Senior Editor, California Politics & Government for KQED News. He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades. He previously served as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED and most recently as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC). In 2014, he was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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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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Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company Qualifies

July 26, 2011 | 9:44 am

Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company Qualifies

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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 […]

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The Budget Deal Explained

June 28, 2011 | 9:04 am

The Budget Deal Explained

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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 […]

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Legislators Lose Pay. See You in Court?

June 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

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 serve in the Assembly and Senate. But inside the big domed building just down the […]

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June 14, 2011 | 6:14 pm

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 in place to send to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday. No election in 2011, no […]

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Democratic Bill Would Let Locals Tax Themselves

May 5, 2011 | 11:52 am

Democratic Bill Would Let Locals Tax Themselves

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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.

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April 28, 2011 | 11:00 am

Analyzing Yesterday’s PPIC Poll in Terms of Californians’ Support for Taxes and Schools

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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 […]

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