Posts Tagged ‘budget’

More money, problems for CA high-speed rail

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Proponents of California's much-ballyhooed high-speed rail got a big boost in the state's new budget. But in every other area where the struggle for its fate is playing out, the project is facing an array of daunting roadblocks. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's staunch support, Sacramento legislat...

CA Legislature boosts budget up to $156 billion

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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 l...

Chart shows Brown budget follows Gann Limit

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Gann Limit 2014

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 def...

Brown submits May Revise budget

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown submitted the May Revision of his 2014-15 budget proposal with a mixture of line-item revisions. Most  were budges that only moved the budget slightly. The fiscal year begins July 1. Over his January budget proposal, Brown increased the overall General Fund operating b...

Alleged CA budget renaissance: Yet another hole in narrative

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The readiness of the Sacramento and East Coast media to accept the narrative that Gov. Jerry Brown is a genius who has solved California's previously immense budget problems is everywhere. An accountant -- as opposed to a journalist or a partisan, or a journalist/partisan -- would be infinitely m...

‘Transportation justice’ in CA helps the poor buy electric cars

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The year 2014 sees California helping poor people buy electric cars, what's called "transportation justice." SB 359 is by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. It approved a loan for $30 million to help finance low-income residents to transition away from older, higher-polluting vehicles...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...

State of the State: Gov. Brown seeks ‘fiscal restraint’ — and more spending

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2014 State of the State this morning. It was largely a recap of his recent 2014 Budget proposal press conference, but shorter. As Brown often does, he first took on his critics: "It occurred to me that these critics – who have long recited our s...

BOE building gremlins linger in ‘sick’ building

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

There must be gremlins living in the Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento. What else could explain burst water pipes, flooding, mechanical problems, bats, mold, and falling glass? BOE employees have complained for years of safety hazards and moldy, smelly, and even dirty pr...

Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

The new year brought the implementation of complex new state legislation passed in 2013 dealing with toxic waste in California. Businesses also must prepare for yet more legislation that was enacted in 2013, but will become effective in 2015. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control conve...