Budget and Finance

Local governments approve numerous tax increases: Part 1

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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This is Part 1 of a series of stories about tax increases passed throughout California in the November 5 elections. Earlier this month, local governments throughout California passed more than two dozen little-discussed tax increases that will ultimately affect hundreds of thousands (if not milli...

More food stamp cuts coming

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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Last week, expansions ended to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as the Food Stamp program. Food stamp recipients will see their benefits cut depending on the size of their family. A family of four, for example, will face a $36 monthly cut, while a one person househo...

Issues split CA GOP delegation in Congress

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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Typically, congressional delegations can be divided into two camps, Republicans and Democrats. Some smaller states — such as Massachusetts or Rhode Island — are only represented by one party. But more populous states like Texas and Illinois typically bring both Republicans and Democrats to the H...

Sequester cuts likely to remain in place

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This week, for the first time since the end of the government shutdown, budget talks between Democrats and Republicans began. The aim of the negotiations is to avert another government shutdown when temporary funding runs out January 15 and to raise the federal debt ceiling before the nation reaches...

Some CA Republicans move Left on immigration

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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While several California Republican congressmen have reiterated previous support for comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, it is still unlikely that the House will take up a bill on the matter anytime this year. A few days ago, Rep. Jeff Denham of Modesto became the first Republican to...

State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling concluded that the California High-Speed Rail Authority would break state law if it proceeded with construction of a small first portion of the state's bullet-train project without having full funding in place and completed environmental...

BART strike is a teachable moment

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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Reactions from the press and public to the BART strikes this year have been overwhelmingly negative. In one of the safest Democratic strongholds in the U.S., there is serious talk of outlawing future BART strikes. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 19: “That discussion ha...

A Tale of Two States, CA and NV: Part I

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a new pact with Nevada, effectively conceding to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s demands that California be more open to economic development along the beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline. It was a rare moment of agreement — created through deft political maneu...

GOP lawmakers deliver key votes for tax extension

Monday, October 21st, 2013
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  how to get your ex back Last month, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a $2.3 billion tax extension. The measure, authored by a Central Valley Democrat, passed both houses of the legislature with overwhelmingly Democratic support. Yet, the multi-billion dollar tax extension, a Democ...

CA legislators join vote to end federal shutdown

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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The 16-day federal government shutdown is over, and America’s borrowing limit has been raised following an 81-19 vote in the Senate and a 285-144 vote in the House. President Obama signed the measure into law shortly after midnight. The fight to use the debt ceiling and continuing resolution as...