Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

Gov. Brown's budget largely ignores massive debt

Friday, January 10th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1, with spending sharply higher than last year, despite promises of fiscal restraint. The governor’s $155 billion total spending plan increases the general fund spending ...

New CA labor secretary Lanier has background in the Legislature

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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David Lanier has his hands full.  Formerly Gov. Jerry Brown's legislative affairs secretary, on Nov. 6 the governor gave him the nod to be the California's new secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Lanier takes charge more than three months after the meltdown of the computers ...

California: worst for small business

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It's common knowledge that small businesses create most new jobs. Now this bad news for California: "California has landed on another naughty list, ranking as the state with the least friendly policy environment for small businesses, according to report from an advocacy organization. "The Small B...

EDD employees nap, watch TV, surf net, while claims stack up

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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My three-part series about the Employment Development Department computer system upgrade has some in the agency wanting to unload. Apparently EDD officials' explanation of the newly updated $100 million computer system "glitches," and claims of understaffing, aren't the whole story, according to som...

Employment Development Department computer system not yet fixed

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
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This is Part 3 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Part 2, EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31, is here. Three months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unempl...

EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31

Monday, December 9th, 2013
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This is Part 2 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Just after the Labor Day weekend, the California Employment Development Department released a $100 million computer upgrade. It crashed. Without warning, 150,000 jobless Californians were cut fr...

EDD responds to questions on computer glitches

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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This is Part 1 of a series. Obamacare's computers aren't the only government systems struck by major glitches. Two months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unemployment benefits, the EDD remains overwhelmed...

Thanks, Dan: Cal Watchdog themes now Walters’ favorite talking points

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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For a year, Cal Watchdog contributors and staffers (and a Cal Watchdog alum) have been pretty much alone in pointing out two extremely relevant statistics that demolish Gov. Jerry Brown's and the media's narrative of the Golden State bouncing back from the Great Recession. One statistic, from the...

CARB update: Powers expanding beyond AB32

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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Irish wit Oscar Wilde once quipped, “The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” He died in 1900, but he would have recognized the California Air Resources Board. Under AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, CARB was charged with overseeing the lower...

CA still worst run state in the nation; Sacramento’s stadium obesssion

Monday, November 25th, 2013
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For the third year in a row, California has been named the worst-run state in America, by 24/7 Wall Street. Is it any wonder? With at least 10 California cities on the verge of municipal bankruptcy, a $24 billion budget shortfall in 2012, including a mid-year shortfall of $930 million and $8.2 bill...