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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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More
MARCH 31, 2011
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More