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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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Entrepreneurs fret over CA business climate

Although California’s economy is finally picking up after seven years of recessionary blues, many small business owners continue to feel government is hurting more than helping them. That was one of the messages from entrepreneurs at a Feb. 11 hearing

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Alleged CA budget renaissance: Yet another hole in narrative 4

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

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Another reminder of Jerry Brown’s, Mac Taylor’s irresponsibility 13

This Los Angeles Times story should infuriate anyone familiar with Gov. Jerry Brown’s claims that the state is on firm ground financially — and absolutely appall anyone who knows that alleged watchdog Mac Taylor of the Legislative Anayst’s Office gave

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CalSTRS hearing underscores Mac Taylor’s destructive happy talk

An Assembly committee hearing Wednesday on the immense underfunding problems facing the California State Teachers’ Retirement System also illuminated another strange problem in Sacramento: the emergence of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor as a civic arsonist. As John Myers reported, one

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State finances: LAO’s own report on CalSTRS demolishes LAO’s happy talk

I’m still struggling to make sense of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s bizarrely upbeat report last month on state finances that predicted budget surpluses for years to come — but barely mentioned the state’s huge unfunded liabilities for retiree pensions and

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LAO’s cheerfully nutty budget report: Pension crisis? What pension crisis?

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has among the best reputations of any state agency. But after the release of Wednesday’s bizarre LAO budget analysis and accompanying press conference by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, I don’t know why. I groused about it

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LAO confirms insanity of Mac Taylor’s November happy talk 4

March 21, 2013 By Chris Reed In November, to the amazement of many journalists who have admired the independence and thoughtfulness of the Legislative Analyst’s Office over the years, LAO boss Mac Taylor gave an amazingly sunny take on the

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Gov. Brown, legislators fight over Prop. 39 funds for schools 3

Feb. 3, 2013 By Dave Roberts Gov. Jerry Brown declared at the start of his State of the State address, “We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget.” But in recent legislative hearings, the Legislative Analyst’s Office charged

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LAO Whitewashes Gov. Brown’s Rosy Budget

Jan. 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” from the Broadway musical Gypsy, should be Gov. Jerry Brown’s new theme song. His 2013-14 budget proposal, released last Thursday, was full of happy news, good times a projected

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