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CA Legislature boosts budget up to $156 billion

June 18, 2014 By James Poulos. Convinced that California's fiscal crisis is effectively over, state Democrats led the state Legislature to pass a $156 billion budget. They did so after a round of negotiations that left Sacramento just six hours away from missing the state's constitutional deadline for passing a budget into law by midnight, June 15. With a general fund more than $7 billion larger than last year...

CA added just 5 dams since 1959

New Melones Dam, wikimedia
June 17, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Has California built any dams in the past 55 years as its population has more than doubled – and as a drought rages? Yes – but not by the state. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Water Institute recently stirred the waters about whether California has added any new water storage dams since 1959. The title of his article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “The Number of New Dam...

Chart shows Brown budget follows Gann Limit

Gann Limit 2014
June 16, 2014 By John Seiler. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators are congratulating themselves on passing a budget by the June 15 deadline and keeping a lid on spending. They insist they're avoiding the excess spending that got the state into trouble when past recessions hit in 1990, 2000 and 2007, producing massive deficits that were dealt with, in each case, by large budget cuts and tax increases. The f...

Water conservation success backfires on policy-makers
June 16, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   A longstanding truism when it comes to needed goods such as water systems, flood control or catastrophic earthquake insurance is that the public wants them but does not want to pay for them. This was confirmed anew by a recent USC-L.A. Times poll, which found only 36 percent of those polled were in favor of raising taxes for statewide water system upgrades. A plurality of 46...
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