Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Gov. Brown advances apparently balanced budget

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown today advanced a budget proposal that apparently is balanced for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. It would spend a record $106.8 billion on the general fund, which is up a hefty 23 percent from the $86.8 billion of his first budget three years ago, for fiscal 2011-12. ...

CA lawmakers back in the saddle again

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- After a nice long winter's rest, the California Legislature is back in the saddle again. And they hit the ground running, immediately bringing back many bills that did not pass in 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Assembly Sp...

Spendaholics Anonymous?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

State legislators are pledging they won't spend all the windfall of new revenue produced by the economic recovery and the Proposition 7 tax increase. AP reported: State lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the second half of their two-year session, one that is expected to be marked ...

How will Brown budget proposal address pensions, taxes, debt?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

California's budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus -- and maybe voters even are ready for higher taxes. "We now fin...

‘Since voters are so stupid, let govt. make all decisions’

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
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The pabulum voters are being fed has escalated to new heights… or lows as the case may be. In a letter to the Sac Bee editor today, a reader claimed Alexis de Tocqueville would have supported Sacramento City Council's decision to forge ahead with the publicly subsidized arena without a vo...

Update: Critics charge SF/Oakland Bay Bridge still unsafe

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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New questions have arisen about the subject of several stories I wrote last spring about the construction debacles on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge repairs. In May, I covered a report of the concerns of engineer Yun Chung. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck with 6.9 magnitude an...

Ugly dust up over GOP Assembly health care site

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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The California State Assembly website, Covering Health Care: A California Resource Guide, has become something of a media kerfuffle. But many of the messages coming from the media and social media, are false and misleading. "Helping You Navigate Federal Health Care Changes," the website home pag...

CARB update: Powers expanding beyond AB32

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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Irish wit Oscar Wilde once quipped, “The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” He died in 1900, but he would have recognized the California Air Resources Board. Under AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, CARB was charged with overseeing the lower...

Covered CA throws a party – only 10 sign up

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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This week California’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, Covered California, rented the Sacramento Convention Center, and opened its doors to the public for a sign-up party, complete with balloons and press. CBS 13 reported 1,500 people showed up to apply and enroll in person. The hea...

Sacramento arena proponents make desperate weekend robo-calls

Monday, November 18th, 2013

My weekend was interrupted with yet another robo-call. But unlike other robo-callers, this outfit actually left a message... a jaw-dropping message. Never mind that I have an unlisted home phone number. "This is an urgent call from  DowntownArena.org," the message said. The caller claimed "...