It is not often that the phrases “California budget” and “good” are spoken in the same conversation, let alone the same sentence. And though the Golden State’s budget looks rosier these days, it is not time to stop working toward a stronger fiscal future. Read More
As California’s Legislature churns toward Friday’s deadline for a new state budget, the macro-issues are well known, such as whether health, welfare and child care services should be slashed by billions of dollars to close the deficit.
However, other aspects of the budget wrangle go largely unnoticed, such as the march into secrecy — or, more accurately, sneakiness. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District will plan for a worst-case scenario after Gov. Jerry Brown issued a budget proposal that makes school funding contingent upon voters’ approval of a tax increase.“How could we plan on what we don’t know?” Superintendent Carlos Garcia asked at the school board’s first official meeting of 2012 on Tuesday. “We have to make plans, and the only thing we can plan for is the worst-case scenario.” Read More
Few, if any, California legislators can remember a summer not dominated by a political stalemate over a late and unbalanced state budget.
Indeed, last year the budget remained unsettled until October. Then it was enacted with a patchwork scenario that almost immediately fell apart. Read More
Cities across San Mateo County are analyzing whether their redevelopment agencies can afford the annual payments mandated by new state laws or whether they will be forced to close. Read More
California legislators — who seem unable to come up with an honest balanced budget, who always seek tax increases, and who won’t pass even modest reforms to the state’s unfunded pension system or to anything else, for that matter — want to blame the government’s problems on voters, rather than themselves. Read More
The California Legislature just passed a budget. Less than 24 hours later, the governor vetoed it, leaving many scratching their heads why Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a budget from his own party.
“For the first time in history, the state budget has been vetoed,” Brown said in a news conference. “That’s big, and it sends a powerful message that all of us have to do more, we have to rise to a difficult but higher level.” He added, Read More
As California’s budget battle continues, Republicans and Democrats have engaged in a rhetorical battle regarding the relative merits and demerits of our lovely state and one of the nation’s other growing mega-states, Texas. This debate started after a legislative delegation made up mostly of Republicans went eastward in April to meet with Lone Star officials to learn about job growth and has re-emerged as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is mentioned as a potential GOP presidential hopeful. Read More
Now isn’t this fun? The California Legislature’s Democrats push a chewing-gum-and-baling-wire budget through in near-record time, claiming that it’s balanced and meets the rarely observed June 15 constitutional deadline for action.
One day later, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown rejects it as unbalanced and unworkable — after hinting three days before that he might sign such a budget. Read More
When former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s spectacular betrayal of his marriage was discovered, some pundits tried to make it connect to his failings as governor, but one has nothing to do with the other.
Mostly, when Schwarzenegger failed, it was not because of his own lapses. California’s political structure generates failure regardless of who occupies the office. Read More