Posts Tagged ‘Mac Taylor’

Alleged CA budget renaissance: Yet another hole in narrative

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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 partisan, or a journalist/partisan -- would be infinitely m...

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

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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 Brown cover for his myths: "SACRAMENTO -- Whil...

CalSTRS hearing underscores Mac Taylor’s destructive happy talk

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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 of Taylor's...

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

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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 health care. Instead of calling for ...

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

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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 in this U-T San Diego editorial: "Imagin...

LAO confirms insanity of Mac Taylor’s November happy talk

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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 state of California's finances. Here's what I wrote about ...

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

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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 that he raided the Proposition 39 energy fun...

LAO Whitewashes Gov. Brown’s Rosy Budget

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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 balanced budget and an upcoming surplus. C...

Mac Taylor’s goofy happy talk triggers more toxic fallout

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Dec. 4, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's unhinged decision to project budget surpluses in coming years in California could turn out to be the defining moment of his career. The decision of state voters to back temporary sales and income tax hikes last month did little to nothing...

Mac Taylor’s budget happy talk draws more fire — deservedly

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Nov. 18, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's budget report does have plenty of caveats that his somewhat upbeat view of coming years may never come to pass. But Taylor's opening statement about there being a “strong possibility of multibillion-dollar operating surpluses within a ...