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Controller John Chiang Halts California Legislators’ Pay

June 21, 2011 | 12:08 pm

Controller John Chiang Halts California Legislators’ Pay

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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 […]

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June 20, 2011 | 4:47 pm

Will State Legislators Have Their Pay Withheld?

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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 […]

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Redistricting Commission Releases New Political Maps: View the Maps, Webcast, Live Tweets

June 10, 2011 | 9:50 am

Redistricting Commission Releases New Political Maps: View the Maps, Webcast, Live Tweets

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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 […]

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Jerry Brown on Budget, Polarized Political Culture, and ‘Tiny Number of Minds’ Who Understand the Process

June 9, 2011 | 2:48 pm

Jerry Brown on Budget, Polarized Political Culture, and ‘Tiny Number of Minds’ Who Understand the Process

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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 […]

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Democratic Bill Would Let Locals Tax Themselves

May 5, 2011 | 11:52 am

Democratic Bill Would Let Locals Tax Themselves

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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.

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April 28, 2011 | 11:00 am

Analyzing Yesterday’s PPIC Poll in Terms of Californians’ Support for Taxes and Schools

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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 […]

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Track State’s Incoming Tax Revenue at Controller’s Web Site

April 21, 2011 | 9:24 am

Track State’s Incoming Tax Revenue at Controller’s Web Site

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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 […]

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April 12, 2011 | 3:43 pm

California Teachers Plan Protest Modeled After Wisconsin’s

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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 […]

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March 15, 2011 | 1:14 pm

Budget Vote Called for Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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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 […]

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What Does Jerry Brown’s Threat About an “All-Cuts Budget” Mean? John Myers Explains

March 2, 2011 | 2:17 pm

What Does Jerry Brown’s Threat About an “All-Cuts Budget” Mean? John Myers Explains

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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 […]

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