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LAO report could spur school facilities reform

A new report by California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor puts school facilities funding at the head of the class. Among other points, “The 2015-16 Budget: Rethinking How the State Funds School Facilities” pushes the idea that facilities funding should more closely follow

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Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

  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

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LAO: Bullet train could increase greenhouse gases by 2020 3

  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.

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Budget rule hides where Prop. 30 and Prop. 39 taxes will be spent 13

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

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Has Jerry Brown’s budget deficit become a cliche? 0

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

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Run a restaurant like a school? 0

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

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CA Running Massive Cash Deficit 9

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

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LAO: Brown Numbers Don’t Compute 8

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

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Why Not Use Last Year’s Budget? 0

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

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California Faces Decisive 2012 5

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

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