March, 2011

Brown Endorses Pension Reform

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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 "...

IJ Calls For GOP To End RDAs

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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 Justic...

Gov. Brown Faces Tricky Budget Options

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Negotiation Break Down, Budget Talks End

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Card Check Bill Passes Senate

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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 subm...

Spending Actually $121 Bill Higher

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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 fisca...

Bring Out the Budget Scissors

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
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 ...

Is the Budget Kabuki Dance Ending?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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 ...

Green Energy Bill Headed to Gov.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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 prev...

Parent Trigger Wins Court Fight

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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...