Arnold's budget: More cuts needed

I’m working on a longer piece on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2010-11 budget proposal [pdf]. My preliminary thoughts: It’s a start on reducing a projected $19.9 billion deficit. It cuts spending an additional $8.5 billion, shifts $4.5 billion in spending, and

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Debra Saunders: Arnold a flop 3

One of my favorite columnists is Debra Saunders of Chronicle. She’s survived the ongoing demise of newspapers, at least so far. Her take on Arnold’s State of the State address is similar to mine (which was published yesterday in our

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What about Bob? 0

Last night FlashReport posted this item saying State Senator Bob Dutton (R, Riverside, San Bernardino) will be the next Senate Republican Leader. “This is great news as Dutton is a solid conservative who will provide strong leadership for his caucus,”

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40,697 new commandments 0

H.L. Mencken once quipped, “Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, at least there are only ten of them.” Politicans, considering themselves gods, naturally seek to improve upon the Almighty’s work. Last year alone, state governments imposed 40,697 new

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State of the State 0

The Governor is talking proudly about America’s war veterans and his recent trip to Iraq to visit the troops. Glad he spoke of the need to take care of the returning veterans. This was a speech of optimism, it was

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State of the State 0

The Governor just addressed the unfairness of some states getting sweetheart deals on health care, while California pays for it. He is talking about his optimism for California. I didn’t know that in 2008, California attracted more venture capital than

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State of the State 0

“The worst is over the the California economy.” That statement cause a few raised eyebrows in the room. Interestingly, the overflow room did not fill up, but people are still trickling in. Is it my imagination, or is the Governor’s

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State of the State 0

The Governor, addressing the legislature, said they closed a budget gap of $60 billion last year. Announced that last night they passed major educational reform — “Parents now have the means to get rid of incompetent principals…” Now on to

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State of the State 0

Governor Schwarzenegger introduces his family, several dignitaries, and gets a thumbs-up from Speaker Hertzberg. But the special guest is Sara Granda, the young disabled woman who overcame her disabilities to graduate from law school and pass the bar. She receives

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State of the State 0

Speaker Bass asks everyone to take their seats. She welcomes first lady and her family. The first lady is looking lovely in a purple suit. Bass introduces the elected officers. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is announced. He takes a purposeful stroll

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