Brown Endorses Pension Reform 0

Steven Greenhut: Gov. Jerry Brown has, finally some would say, released a pension-reform proposal. We will analyze this carefully, but it looks like he is simply going after the low-hanging fruit — the abuses rather than the fundamental unaffordable pension formulas. Still, it’s something and his “proposals under development” at least promise to get closer to the root of the problem.… Read more

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IJ Calls For GOP To End RDAs 0

Steven Greenhut: Here is a press release from the Institute for Justice regarding Assembly Republicans’ decision to save redevelopment agencies.

Institute for Justice Calls on California Republicans To Eliminate

Costly and Abusive Redevelopment Agencies

Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice—the nation’s leading legal advocate against eminent domain abuse—is calling on Republicans in the California Legislature to approve a proposal currently before them that would eliminate more than 400 redevelopment agencies across the state.  … Read more

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Card Check Bill Passes Senate 4

Katy Grimes: The “card check” bill, SB 104, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passed the Senate this morning 24-14, after a heated debate.

“This bill would permit agricultural employees, as an alternative procedure, to select their labor representatives by submitting a petition to the board accompanied by representation cards signed by a majority of the bargaining unit,” reads the bill.… Read more

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Spending Actually $121 Bill Higher 0

John Seiler:

The wrangling over the $12 billion in taxes in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2011-12 budget of $86 billion usually ignores something: All the federal tax money California gets. The Bee reports:

The federal government gave California’s state government $120.7 billion in the 2009-10 fiscal year to underwrite education, health services, welfare grants and dozens of other programs, a very detailed new report from the state auditor’s office reveals.Read more

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Bring Out the Budget Scissors

MARCH 31, 2011

By JOHN SEILER

The voters have spoken: Cut the budget even more.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature have spent several months insisting that voters must have the opportunity to approve extensions of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2009 tax increase. The amount would be $12 billion. And the vote must be taken in June.

Now that option looks to be dead.… Read more

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Is the Budget Kabuki Dance Ending? 1

MARCH 31, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

The budget dance between the Republican legislators and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears to have ended. The auditorium lights have been turned back on, the band is packing up but everyone is still awkwardly lingering on the dance floor looking around hoping that someone else makes a move.

California’s budget dance — often called the budget “Kabuki dance” — has been full of drama, but short on results.… Read more

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Green Energy Bill Headed to Gov. 0

MARCH 30, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

A bill that would increase California’s energy costs by $7 billion finally made it through the Assembly on Tuesday. It’s headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

The bill is SB X1 2 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. It had been presented twice previously and has ignited much controversy over the mandated levels of renewable energy produced, as well as the overall cost to the state’s utility ratepayers.… Read more

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Parent Trigger Wins Court Fight 0

MARCH 30, 2011

By BRIAN CALLE

It is no big surprise that, in recent years, California has been far from a leader in public policy and good governance reforms.

Every once and awhile there is an exception. Last year’s exception came when former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislature passed an education reform — the parent trigger — in the face of union opposition which has good potential for giving parents, rather than unions, more control over the direction of their children’s schools.… Read more

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