Posts Tagged ‘John Chiang’

State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Ca-HSR

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...

State can offload retiree health costs on Obamacare

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

June 8, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the best reasons to snort with derision over Gov. Jerry Brown's claim to have whipped the state budget into shape is his decision to simply ignore the crisis posed by cost of unfunded health benefits for state retirees. This is from state Controller John Chiang in...

Yet another computer fiasco in home of Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Feb. 9, 2013 By Chris Reed Friday's news that state Controller John Chiang had fired the second contractor hired to upgrade the state government's computer payroll system for incompetence and poor work -- a few years after the first contractor was fired for the same reason -- is an amazing comment...

FTB tax grab an acid test for ‘business-friendly’ Jerry Brown

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Jan. 26, 2013 By Chris Reed There's finally some mainstream media coverage of the astounding decision of the Franchise Tax Board to rewrite a tax break and go after profits accumulated by some business owners that date back to 2008. The U-T San Diego story by Chris Cadelago only makes the money gr...

Tax board attack on business: Do governor’s appointees just tune him out?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Commentary Jan. 18, 2013 By Chris Reed That California is extraordinarily hostile to business is accepted as a given by just about everyone who is an executive, manager or small-business owner in the state.  But Democrats and some in the media routinely challenge this assumption, and some genuin...

Two Critical Budget Dates Approaching

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013 By John Seiler On PBS NewsHour yesterday evening, Gov. Jerry Brown enthused about his new budget: "The budget is fixed. I inherited a $27 billion deficit. That's what it was two years ago. "And that's gone. This budget will be balanced. Now, is the world absolutely safe from any cont...

Much required of Democratic Legislature

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dec. 14, 2012 By Joseph Perkins I met Darrell Steinberg last week. The state Senate president pro tem said that he and his fellow Democrats recognize the awesome responsibility that comes with the supermajorities they now enjoy in both chambers of the Legislature. To which I say, facta, non verba...

CA state budget goes off the cliff

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012 By Chriss Street California State Controller John Chiang announced that total State revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8 percent, below budget.  Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create th...

Controller Chiang pounds California municipalities

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012 By Chriss Street California State Controller John Chiang announced that the cities of Milpitas and Morgan Hill illegally tried to convert hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate, cash and investments that were required to be turned over to the State of California after  Gov. ...

Calif. sales tax revenue nosedives 33.5%

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Aug. 14, 2012 By Chriss Street We were severely criticized last week by the left and the right for publishing, "Calif. default risk turns Gov. Brown into a capitalist." The report highlighted that Gov. Jerry Brown is steamrolling environmentalists and regulators to generate more state tax revenue...