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Upbeat LAO report lacks key focus: CalSTRS bailout cost
The Legislative Analyst's Office released an analysis of state revenue this week that suggests the state won't suffer when temporary tax hikes expire. This is from AP: SACRAMENTO -- A steadily improving economy will buffer California's budget from a drop in revenue expected when temporary tax hikes...
Pension crisis divides CA Dems on UC tuition hikes
A 14-7 vote Thursday by the full University of California Board of Regents made it official: Golden State Democrats are deeply divided on tuition increases, thanks to the intractable politics of underfunded pensions. On one side are Democrats who favored the increases, including UC Preside...
CA budget worse despite $2 billion new revenue
  California's budget picture is sort of like that old Sandy Dennis high-school movie, "Up the Down Staircase." Going up: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor just reported tax receipts jumped $2 billion over projections in the fiscal 2014-15 budget the Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Bro...
What about that ‘global warming’?
No wonder environmentalist extremists changed "global warming," as in AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to "climate change." The Northeast has been blanked by record cold and snow that makes it easier for us to put up with California's high taxes, absurd regulations, absurdist poli...
Jerry Brown about to annihilate UC president on tuition hikes
Aficionados of California politics are going to be in for a fun exercise over the next month or two. Gov. Jerry Brown is absolutely going to annihilate UC President Janet Napolitano in their fight over her proposal to get UC regents to commit to five years of annual 5 percent tuition increases unles...
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