Honest, Painful Budget Finalized 0

Katy Grimes:  By lunch time today, Gov. Jerry Brown finished signing the rest of the budget bills reducing state spending by an additional $15 billion, and creating a $500,000 million reserve.

Without a news conference or any pomp and circumstance, Brown’s office put out a press release announcing the budget details.

“This is an honest but painful budget that returns California’s General Fund spending to levels unseen since the 1970s.… Read more

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Hemp pilot bill passes Senate 0

Ali Meyer: On June 29, the Senate passed Sen. Mark Leno’s bill SB 676, which authorizes a pilot project for growing industrial hemp, a marjuana-related plant that provides useful products without the psychoactive properties of marijuana.  The bill defines “industrial hemp” as an agricultural field crop limited to the non-psychoactive varieties of the plant Cannibis saliva L, having no more than 3/10 of 1 percent THC.… Read more

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Rex Hime paves way for split rolls 0

Steven Greenhut: Rex Hime is president of the California Business Properties Association, a trade group representing commercial property owners, and someone who is adamantly opposed to the split-rolls tax, which would remove Prop. 13 protections from commercial property owners. Yet Hime and his association’s position on another issue — the Internet sales tax — can actually pave the way for the higher taxes he opposes.… Read more

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Brown Signs Punitive Amazon Tax 25

(This is an updated Washington Examiner story from June 29.)

JUNE 30, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

With the California legislature having just passed a flawed budget full of accounting tricks, budget gimmicks and money grabs, one area of small business is about to be taxed right out of business — just so that the state can fill a budget hole instead of making necessary and substantive cuts.… Read more

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Union backs union candidate! 0

Steven Greenhut: Here’s a dog-bites-man story from Orange County, where liberal Republican Todd Spitzer, a staunch union ally who foisted unsustainable pension benefits on the county as supervisor, just was endorsed by a law-enforcement association (union) for his new run for the seat. Per the Spitzer camp: “The Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys has given Todd Spitzer their ‘enthusiastic endorsement’ in his campaign for County Supervisor in the 3rd district.… Read more

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Skelton: Tax, Tax, Tax, Tax, Tax 0

John Seiler:

In his column on the budget disaster, L.A. Times columnist George Skelton continues with his perpetual mantra: tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax….… Read more

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Pension Iceberg Will Sink State Budget 14

JUNE 30, 2011

By WAYNE LUSVARDI

Imagine you’re a passenger on the ill-fated RMS Titanic luxury liner on its 1912 maiden voyage. But the Titanic had no warning of an iceberg lurking below the ocean surface — unlike the Pirate Ship California that can detect with modern sonar a huge iceberg of pension debt looming ahead that could sink the state government.… Read more

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Brown Upholds Farm Worker Secret Ballot 1

JUNE 30, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

After months of protests, lobbying and speeches, on March 31, César Chávez Day, the California Senate passed SB 104 to eliminate secret ballot elections for farm workers voting on unionization.

And Tuesday night, in a move that surprised many, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. In his veto message, the governor wrote: “I am not yet convinced that the far reaching proposals of this bill — which alter in a significant way the guiding assumptions of the ALRA [Agricultural Labor Relations Act] — are justified.… Read more

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Cal Biz Climate Ranks Pathetic 32nd 0

JUNE 30, 2011

By JOSEPH PERKINS

The Legislature passed a budget this week that assumes $10.6 billion in higher tax revenues flowing into the state’s coffers next year.

That sum includes not only the $6.6 billion Gov. Jerry Brown projected in the budget proposal he submitted last month, but also $4 billion on top of that the Legislature’s Democrat majority projected in the budget the governor just signed.… Read more

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