Brown's Address: Egypt on the Pacific? 7

JAN. 31, 2O11

By JOHN SEILER

In his State-of-the-State address today, Gov. Jerry Brown compared Republican legislators’ refusal (so far) to put taxes  on a special election ballot in June to the longstanding thwarting of democracy in Egypt. Apparently he didn’t read my Sunday blog that made a more apt comparison to Egypt:

the Brown Family Dynasty has been running California for decades.Read more

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Nestande's Hilarious Hypocrisy 0

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, released a statement following the governor’s State of the State speech that left me with a pain in my side from laughter: “I look forward to working with the Governor to pass honest solutions to balance the budget, reform Sacramento and get Californians working again. I stand firm in my commitment not to raise taxes, which is a critical component of the Governor’s plan to solve the $25.4 billion budget gap.… Read more

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Brown's Full-Court Tax Hike Press 5

JAN. 31, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech Monday night was pretty much what anyone should have expected, as the new governor championed his “tough choices” budget and pushed hard for its centerpiece: a public vote on controversial tax extensions. Since his inauguration, Brown has made it clear that he opposes tax hikes, but with one key caveat — unless they come with a vote of the people.… Read more

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Union Ally Paul Cook Eyes Senate 0

Steven Greenhut: The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported today that Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, is running for state Senate, which perhaps explains why Cook was seen last week at a union rally where left-wing unionistas decried budget cuts. Cook was there to save the wasteful Euro-socialist program that turns family members into dues-paying union members who get paid to take care of their own family members.… Read more

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Earth to Brown: Ed Spending Is Up 0

Steven Greenhut: Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan spares education because of the supposedly severe cuts that the state’s public education system has endured in recent years, but this is utter nonsense. A new study released today at a Sacramento press conference by the Pepperdine University Davenport Institute makes it clear that the education budget has been going up for many years.… Read more

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What State Budget Deficit? 0

Katy Grimes: Isn’t California supposed to be overwhelmed right now with an historical budget deficit of $25.4 billion dollars? The word “deficit” usually means that it’s time to make substantial budget cuts.

Yet last week Caltrans representatives asked an Assembly budget subcommittee for additional state money to hire more employees and buy more cars, and many other budget-expanding goodies.

Today, the same Assembly budget subcommittee was presented with more even requests for additional state funds.… Read more

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Redevelopment Is Redistribution 0

JAN. 31, 2011

The future of the state is surely bleak when the mayors of its largest cities actually think that jobs are created by the government, and economic stimulus originates in redevelopment agencies.

Nine of California’s big-city mayors met last week with Gov. Jerry Brown, in an attempt to talk him out of eliminating redevelopment agencies as part of his budget-balancing proposal.… Read more

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Previewing Gov. Brown's State Address 0

JAN. 31, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

With Californians poised to hear Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address this evening, many of them want more details about his recent budget proposals. Brown set the stage with a recent state of emergency declaration amidst the state’s $25.4 billion deficit and rising 12.5 percent unemployment. His speech will try to convince California voters of the need to approve a June ballot initiative extending higher taxes.… Read more

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End Redevelopment 'Luxury'? 6

JAN. 31, 2011

By WAYNE LUSVARDI

We live in a virtual age of images that sometimes doesn’t reflect reality. Redevelopment agencies across the state are blitzing newspapers with online images of a group of elderly persons in a senior citizen housing project watching TV that purportedly would never have been built without redevelopment.  The inference is that shutting down redevelopment agencies is going to cut your aging mom or dad off from affordable senior housing, along with no apple pie and no more watching baseball.… Read more

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Don't say no to bankruptcy option 0

JAN. 31, 2011

Congressional Republicans “should be ashamed of themselves for even suggesting” bankruptcy as an option for California and other debt-plagued states, according to Sacramento Bee Capitol columnist Dan Walters. Unlike municipalities, states aren’t allowed to go bankrupt, but some conservatives have talked openly about changing the law. Walters, reflecting conventional inside-Sacramento wisdom, is aghast at the thought.

Walters quotes state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who argues that “No state needs to declare bankruptcy.… Read more

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