Tag: Darrell Steinberg
Pressure mounts on Senate’s Democratic leadership to expel Sen. Rod Wright, who awaits sentencing.
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 […]
by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would take steps to regulate the sale of medical marijuana under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, restricting cannabis dispensaries that federal prosecutors say have grown out of control. California voters first supported legalizing marijuana to treat illness in 1996, but federal prosecutors recently […]
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 […]
After a serious failure to communicate, the Dems appear to all be singing from the same prayer book now. To balance the budget, Darrell Steinberg, John Perez and the Guv have announced a deal that relies on better revenue projections and potentially triggered cuts if those rosier number don’t materialize. Find reports about the deal […]
Fans of Democrat-on-Democrat verbal sniping take note: Here’s the video of yesterday’s extraordinary joint press conference by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez slamming Jerry Brown after Brown’s veto of the Democrat-crafted budget bill.
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.
KQED’s John Myers recorded Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s comments yesterday on Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s suggestion, made in front of the Bay Area News Group’s editorial board, that any additional cuts to the budget start in the districts of Republicans who refuse to vote for putting tax extensions on the ballot. Here’s what Steinberg said […]
Democrats threaten to target cuts in GOP legislators’ districts (Sacramento Bee) With no agreement in sight on how to close the state’s remaining $15.4 billion deficit, some Democrats are discussing targeting GOP districts with steeper cuts if legislative Republicans will not vote for a solution that includes taxes. “You don’t want to pay for government, […]
According to the Sacramento Bee, one measure of progress in the budget negotiations is the Darrell Steinberg moodmeter. If so, we may be in trouble. The Democratic Senate President Pro Tem talked to reporters at the capital today and said this: “Just for myself, if these guys don’t start moving and moving fast, I’m prepared […]