by Laird Harrison and Jon Brooks Take that, California-fiscal-situation-basher Mitt Romney. It’s not just Gov. Jerry Brown who thinks the state’s future looks bright — or at least brighter. California’s improved budget has prompted Standard & Poor to upgrade its rating of the state’s long-term debt from A- to A. But don’t start pushing for […]
CalPERS, the California state employee retirement program, has suspended its practice of hiring salaried employees for second jobs within the agency, it has announced. The agency may process retirement applications more slowly as a result, it said in a news release on Friday. The announcement came after the Sacramento Bee published an article about the […]
by Spencer Michels When you are the governor of California – first in the 1970s, then again starting in 2011– and when your father was governor before you (Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, 1959-1967) – speculation about family ties is bound to crop up. In the case of Governor Jerry Brown, who is about to turn […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California’s spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by 7 percent, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a $97.6 […]
Released today: The Attorney General’s “Report of Investigation into Discrepancies in Financial Reports Submitted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.” The audit of the California state parks department sheds light on why senior officials covered up an unreported funding surplus of as much as $29 million for a decade or more. The report […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown checked off most of the items from his 2012 to-do list. He persuaded a majority of voters to pass his tax initiative in November, pushed changes to the public pension system through the Legislature and put California on stronger financial footing. Now the Democratic governor can turn his […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) State employees engaged in bribery, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, received improper overtime payments and were wrongly reimbursed for thousands of dollars in travel expenses, including one scheme that cost two state agencies more than $227,000 in lost payments, California’s state auditor reported Tuesday. In her annual whistleblower report, state Auditor Elaine […]
There I was, sitting in a post-election briefing. The slide advanced to a pie chart of how general fund revenues for California are spent.
That’s when my mouth dropped open. Education had a slice of the pie that, well, startled me.
So I ask you, dear reader: What percentage of California’s general fund expenditures go to K-12 education? Or, if this is easier: how about K-12 plus higher education?
I did an unscientific survey around the KQED office, and I got a fascinating range of responses. Once you’re ready with a number you can click below to get the correct answers.
No, really. That’s not from a fake Twitter feed or anything. Here’s the report, released today by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The LAO says there is actually light at the end of the budget tunnel, and this time it’s not an oncoming train. The highlights: 2013-14 projected deficit at $1.9 billion (Last year’s November projection […]
A man stands in front of Moving Forward funded billboards on San Pablo Avenue in Richmond. Moving Forward spent nearly $700,000 on three candidates. (Tawanda Kanhema/Richmond Confidential) At 5:30 a.m., voters were just trickling into the polling booths at the Palo Alto Fire Department on election day. (Photo: Sasha F. Arijanto /Peninsula Press) The U.C. […]