The best-paid state legislators in the U.S. get their first raise in six years, will make $95,291 a year.
State to get multibillion dollar cash surpluses in next fiscal years, but cautions against spending.
Al Jazeera America says a sealed federal affidavit claims State Sen. Ronald Calderon accepted more than $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent.
Siskiyou residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation and overregulation.
Gov. Jerry Brown is giving in to the federal judges whom he’s fought all year over the solution to fixing California’s overcrowded prisons. Brown battled to throw out a court order requiring California to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of system capacity by the end of the year. When the judges stuck to […]
State Controller John Chiang yesterday announced an update to his “Government Compensation in California” website. The database of state worker salaries is fun for the entire family, especially if the family likes to sit around complaining about how much government workers make. (A not insubstantial demographic, if recent and not-so-recent news reports are any indication.) Chiang’s […]
Gov. Jerry Brown has made paying off California’s $27 billion “wall of debt” a top priority. But one of the largest creditors that the state owes money to is actually itself. A report released last week by the Department of Finance shows 132 loans taken out from special government funds over the past decade add […]
Update 2:20 p.m.: And one more time … From the Sacramento Bee … Gov. Jerry Brown will support a bill reversing a proposed weakening of the California Public Records Act, apparently resolving the controversy that has swept over the Capitol in recent days. Update to the update to the update on this story 12:10 p.m.: […]
By Francesca Segrè and Dan Brekke First Amendment activists and advocates of open government are furious about legislation sent to the governor that could make public records harder for news organizations and the general public to get. Currently, the California Public Records Act requires local government agencies to respond to requests for public records within […]
Politicians, like college students and journalists, are motivated by deadlines. It often takes the ticking clock of a constitutional deadline or expiring statute for lawmakers to hammer out deals. This year’s state budget negotiations have been the exception to that rule. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez struck an […]