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Restive Democrats cautioned on budget surplus

A new report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office prepared the ground for fresh political combat in Sacramento over what to do with California’s budgetary surplus. Although “much of the predicted surpluses” could be skimmed off “for serious emergencies,” the San Francisco Chronicle

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Alleged CA budget renaissance: Yet another hole in narrative

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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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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New law needed to simplify CA budget 13

Nov. 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Every year state Senator Joe Simitan, D-Palo Alto, holds a contest for his constituents to submit ideas for new laws.  Simitan boasts that 18 submittals have been enacted as new laws since 2001.  Well, here’s

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Prop. 31 would have ended California’s republic 9

Nov. 9, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi How could all of the following so-called impartial ballot guides miss a key controversial component of Proposition 31 that would have ended the original republican form of local government in California? * The California

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Leg committee hearing: Prop. 30 a loser 18

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on the propositions on the November ballot. Oct. 8, 2012 By Dave Roberts Proposition 30 is either a vital lifeline for budget-ravaged schools and social services. Or it’s unnecessary taxation

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Brown Pushes Cap & Trade Pension Grab 10

JAN. 11, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Call it pension “entrap and raid” —  instead of environmental “cap and trade.” Gov. Jerry Brown is floating an idea to divert $1 billion from the auction of pollution credits under California’s Cap and

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