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Despite $59.7 million error, key Prop 30 education account gets OK’d in audit

A key provision from a 2012 ballot measure that taxed top incomes to fund education was recently given a clean bill of health by the state controller’s office, just in time for voters to consider a 12-year extension of the program. The

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CA Analyst warns against budget spending spree

  With California’s state budget in the best shape in years, Democratic legislators are eager to open the spending spigots. But they were cautioned at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing Jan. 15 that the good economic times could end as

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It’s alive: Anti-tax cut bill returns 0

March 28, 2013 By Dave Roberts It’s alive. Similar to a bill narrowly defeated last year, SCA 6 is by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. Taxpayer advocates fear the bill could make it difficult, perhaps impossible, to cut or limit taxes through the initiative process.

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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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Parcel tax push: School finance debate must not ignore scandals 1

Jan. 17, 2013 By Chris Reed If we are going to have a debate about school finances in California because of the Legislature’s interest in making it easier for school districts to get parcel taxes approved to boost their budgets,

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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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Prop. 30 would make budget roller coaster more scary 38

Nov. 2, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi You probably have seen the photograph of the Casino Pier Roller Coaster on the New Jersey shore inundated by the ocean and in shambles from the impact of Hurricane Sandy. In Sacramento, Calif. on

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Chris Reed talks Props 30, 38 on National Public Radio 1

Oct. 5, 2012 CalWatchdog contributor Chris Reed was on “Which Way, L.A.?” on KCRW on Thursday to talk about why Propositions 30 and 38 deserve to fail.  KCRW is one of the most popular NPR stations in the nation. Reed

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CA debt much larger than reported 17

May 29, 2012 By Katy Grimes Reports of California’s debt usually just include the $17 billion budget deficit. But California also owes the federal government $14 billion, and public schools $10 billion. While California sputters under  the massive debt, legislators

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Will Crashing Real Estate Kill Prop. 13? 0

JUNE 1, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A demogogue is a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. And a demographer is someone who studies the characteristics of human populations, such as

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