Posts Tagged ‘Legislative Analyst’

Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Revenge of the Jedi

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Cali...

LAO: Bullet train could increase greenhouse gases by 2020

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

  Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to spend the lion’s share of cap-and-trade auction revenue on the high-speed rail project won’t help the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report. It could actually make things wo...

Budget rule hides where Prop. 30 and Prop. 39 taxes will be spent

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Nov. 16, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A little known new accounting rule buried in the fiscal 2012-13 California state budget now will make it virtually impossible for the public to track where and when the tax revenues from Propositions 30 and 39 will be spent. Prop. 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion...

Has Jerry Brown’s budget deficit become a cliche?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

May 15, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Has California’s legendary structural budget deficit evolved into an overworked and obsolescent cliche? This is a question to be asked of Gov. Jerry Brown announcement yesterday that the state general fund budget deficit has ballooned to $16 billion from the previ...

Run a restaurant like a school?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

April 2, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- California's public schools continue to lay off teachers, in a process that is as convoluted and illogical as one would expect in a bureaucratic system in which the needs of the students falls fairly low on the list of priorities. That's my takeaway f...

CA Running Massive Cash Deficit

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

JAN. 12, 2012 By CHRISS STREET The California state government’s general fund is running a staggering cash deficit of $21 billion on an $88.5 billion budget. The number comes from Controller John Chaing just-released financial statement for December 2011. The bad news came in the face of strong na...

LAO: Brown Numbers Don’t Compute

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

JAN. 12, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal contains more smoke than a forest fire. More mirrors than a funhouse. And more empty promises than a presidential candidate's platform. So much for his solemn pledge, in his Inaugural Address a year ago, "No more smoke and mirrors on...

Why Not Use Last Year’s Budget?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

John Seiler: Is California sliding into the Pacific Ocean? Are there riots in the streets? Are Californians starving to death? None of the above. Then the solution to the state budget problem is simple: Just rinse and repeat the fiscal 2011-12 state budget, which ends June 30, for the following y...

California Faces Decisive 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

BY JOHN SEILER JAN. 4, 2012 It's fun to gloat about our great weather when calling freezing relatives Back East on New Year's Day. And some good things are keeping the sun shining this year. Silicon Valley's global technology dominance will continue in 2012. Despite the foolishness of the state, ...

School Funding Reform Skewered by CTA

Monday, July 11th, 2011

JULY 11, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI In California, all good ideas for school reform seem to end up in the corner wearing a dunce cap. Back on May 3, I reported on promising development in state Assembly Bill 18, a proposal by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) to shift from school fund...