Tag: John Myers
Click here for our Sacto Bureau Chief John Myers’ live Twitter coverage of Chiang’s decision and the response from legislators. Fun times for the California legislature. Constant fighting, dismal approval ratings, a vetoing governor, and lousy pay. And by lousy I mean non-existent. Because Controller John Chiang has decided to withhold the salaries of state […]
Update June 21: The answer is “yes.” When the legislature slipped Governor Jerry Brown a budget just under the wire, lawmakers thought they had met the requirement under Proposition 25 to keep getting paid. That law, passed by voters in November, withholds legislator pay for every day after the June 15 constitutional deadline that there […]
Release the bounds! The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has posted the first draft of redrawn maps for state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts. First draft of maps Watch a live webcast here Current congressional district maps here Our Sacramento Bureau Chief, John Myers, will be tweeting about the new maps and also […]
Jerry Brown on Budget, Polarized Political Culture, and ‘Tiny Number of Minds’ Who Understand the Process
John Myers, KQED’s Sacramento Bureau Chief, talked to Jerry Brown yesterday over the phone about the status of budget negotiations. One current sticking point: In order to balance the budget, Brown wants what he’s calling a “bridge tax,” a temporary extension of taxes set to expire July 1, before an election on their final status […]
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.
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 […]
The State Controller’s Office has a web site up at which you can track the personal income tax revenue we taxpayers have been sending in. According to the site, Governor Jerry Brown’s “latest budget estimate projected personal income tax receipts would total $6.841 billion in April.” For those with a rooting interest — like everyone […]
John Myers has a post up at Capitol Notes about a big protest California teachers are planning at the Capitol next month: In the days leading up to Governor Jerry Brown’s release of a revised budget next month, the state Capitol is going to be the scene of a major protest by teachers… one that […]
KQED’s John Myers reports that Assembly Speaker John Perez has called a vote on the budget, tomorrow at 1 p.m. He writes: The Assembly has called a 1pm Wed floor vote on the budget package, but there’s no deal. Key staffer tells me the $12 billion in cuts *can* be passed Wed without approval of […]
Last week, at an extraordinary appearance before the Budget Conference Committee in Sacramento, Jerry Brown, speaking to Republicans, said something that at first I didn’t understand. I want to make one thing clear, and that’s another reason I came here. If we don’t get the tax extensions, I am not going to sign a budget […]