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California Owes Itself $4.6 Billion

July 24, 2013 | 11:25 am

California Owes Itself $4.6 Billion

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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 […]

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Amid Growing Open Records Controversy, Mayors Promise To Comply With Law

June 19, 2013 | 1:21 pm

Amid Growing Open Records Controversy, Mayors Promise To Comply With Law

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Update Thursday: The Governor and Legislature have now backtracked on pushing the Public Records Act changes through. Original post There’s a growing controversy in Sacramento over a bill on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would change California’s open records laws. The language, contained in one of the so-called trailer bills that lawmakers passed alongside the […]

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California Lawmakers Pass Budget With Plenty Of Time To Spare

June 14, 2013 | 3:41 pm

California Lawmakers Pass Budget With Plenty Of Time To Spare

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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 […]

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Enviro Groups Slam Budget’s Cap-And-Trade Funds Diversion

June 12, 2013 | 6:00 am

Enviro Groups Slam Budget’s Cap-And-Trade Funds Diversion

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The budget deal finalized by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders Monday night borrows $500 million from California’s cap-and-trade auction revenues, as Brown proposed last month. That’s bad news to environmental groups. California League of Conservation Voters CEO said in a statement that the funds grab was “a particular insult to voters.” Bill Magavern, policy […]

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Budget Deal Reflects Unfamiliar Problem: How to Spend a Surplus

June 11, 2013 | 5:20 pm

Budget Deal Reflects Unfamiliar Problem: How to Spend a Surplus

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It’s certainly easier to reach an agreement when you’re negotiating how to spend extra money rather than where to cut funding. A full five days before the June 15 deadline for passing a state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg reached agreement Monday on a $96 billion […]

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Governor’s Budget Move on Cap-and-Trade Angers Environmentalists

May 24, 2013 | 8:33 am

Governor’s Budget Move on Cap-and-Trade Angers Environmentalists

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Governor Jerry Brown has spent a lot of energy focusing on the dangers of climate change lately. Speaking to a group of scientists Thursday, he warned, “it’s over” in five years, unless the world steps up efforts to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that are warming the atmosphere. But while Brown is preaching action on […]

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Perez Pushes Rainy Day Fund and Scholarship Plan

May 9, 2013 | 5:30 am

Perez Pushes Rainy Day Fund and Scholarship Plan

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California’s state government may be turning the corner from a painful recession, but Assembly Speaker John Perez is already thinking about the next one. The Los Angeles Democrat wants to start setting aside money in a rainy day fund, so legislators aren’t faced with deep spending cuts the next time the economy goes south. That’s […]

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Education Funding Fight Leads To First Budget Rift

April 26, 2013 | 3:25 pm

Education Funding Fight Leads To First Budget Rift

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Gov. Jerry Brown is framing it as an epic battle, while Senate Democrats say it’s more like a polite disagreement between friends. Either way, the education plan introduced by Senate Democrats this week, along with Brown’s strong opposition to it, is shaping up to be a major battle in this year’s budget negotiations. Brown made […]

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Calif. Underestimated Number of Prisoners Sent to County Jails Under Realignment

July 5, 2012 | 1:01 pm

Calif. Underestimated Number of Prisoners Sent to County Jails Under Realignment

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by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 250 more criminals will serve their time in county jails instead of state prisons each year under a new California law, a sharp increase from the state’s original projections. The corrections department said Thursday that it miscalculated the effect of changing where some criminals serve […]

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February 25, 2011 | 11:09 am

Video: Jerry Brown Confronts Republicans on Budget

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The California Channel has posted the full video — Part 1 and Part 2 — of the extraordinary exchange in Sacramento between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Budget Conference Committee yesterday. The video in Part 1 starts at 9:10. Jerry Brown starts speaking at 11:15. KQED’s John Myers was at the meeting and wrote up […]

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