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Schools chief already wants to extend Prop. 30 taxes

Only one year into Proposition 30’s five-year life, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has already called for an extension of the 2012 ballot initiative. Set to expire in 2018, it was sold to voters as a temporary tax.

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Gov. Brown's budget largely ignores massive debt

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

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CA lawmakers back in the saddle again

SACRAMENTO — After a nice long winter's rest, the California Legislature is back in the saddle again. And they hit the ground running, immediately bringing back many bills that did not pass in 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem

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‘Arena derangement syndrome’ afflicts Sacramento

Call it “arena derangement syndrome,” or ADS. It afflicts cities trying to use taxpayer money for new sports arenas or stadiums. It’s now threatening the validation of 35,000 ballot initiative petition signatures that would halt the proposed subsidy of a new

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How will Brown budget proposal address pensions, taxes, debt?

California's budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus — and

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Discrepancies found in Brown aides’ FPPC reporting

Several recent CalWatchdog.com stories about some of Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointees have looked at reports filed on conflicts of interest and financial disclosure. Specifically, Form 700 is a Statement of Economic Interests required of “designated” government employees, meaning the governor’s

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2014 brings new laws regulating CA businesses 11

In 2013, California’s Legislature busied itself passing more than 800 new laws. In the coming weeks, CalWatchdog.com will report on the many affecting businesses in 2014. Overtime for nannies and domestic workers The “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” Assembly Bill 241,

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Sacramento arena lawsuit dribbles forward

There was no fast break at a recent court date concerning a suit by Sacramento activists opposed to tax subsidies for a new arena. The activists are Issac Gonzalez, James Cathcart and Julian Camacho. CalWatchdog.com attended the Dec. 19 hearing before

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New CA labor secretary Lanier has background in the Legislature

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

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Group charges City of Sacramento with arts funding bias

A scathing new report accuses the City of Sacramento of favoritism, bias and fiscal irresponsibility in its distribution of funding for the arts. The study, published by the Latino Arts Network of California, a statewide group of California Latino arts

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