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California Must Recommit to Preschoolers in Next State Budget

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

This year's legislative session featured bills signed by Governor Brown that will usher in sweeping changes for California -- and it also included at least one significant missed opportunity with the veto of Assembly Bill 47, the Preschool for All Act.

Progressive Lawmakers Nudge Brown To The Left On Social Services Spending

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 15 (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Monday approved a budget with $2.2 billion more in spending tha...

California Transportation Department Sees $5.7 Billion Yearly Funding Gap

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

By Robin Respaut May 11 (Reuters) - California needs an additional $5.7 billion per year to maintain its roads, according to a 10-year...

'Kafka's' Immigration Trials Spark State and National Response

Sara Warner | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

Those media images of children being held in prison-like camps and facing Justice Department judges without legal help may have shown some of America at its worst, but we have also become a nation in response.

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

John Hrabe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

There's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty. Under total Democratic control, California has just approved $420 million in corporate tax breaks for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Even Businesses Want To End This Tax Loophole

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

It's a most improbable union -- but California progressives and the state's business community have come together in support of closing a commercial p...

Governor Releases Record California Spending Plan

AP | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's tax windfall lifted Gov. Jerry Brown's spending plan to a record level Tuesday, but the Democratic governor c...

The Calif. Governor's Approval Ratings Are Ridiculously High

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

In a sharp turnaround from the past several years, Californians are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown for his management of the state and his prop...

Verdict Is In: California Courts Hellish

Sara Warner | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Isn't it funny when you totally agree with somebody, but for totally different reasons? The D.C. based American Tort Reform Association released a report on Tuesday designating California as the nation's leading "Judicial Hellholes," and cited Los Angeles for being its hell-raising center.

Having it All: The Absurdity of the False Choice Frame for Pensions

Dave Low | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Dave Low

The most recent alarmist language from pension opponents is that Californians must make a choice between providing a secure retirement for our state's seniors and paying for every other social service and progressive cause.

$4 BILLION Floating Around

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 09.23.2013 | Los Angeles

More than $1 billion is pouring into the coffers of cities, school districts and other public entities across Los Angeles County, as the state redistr...

California's Recidivism Problem

Harriet McDonald | Posted 07.31.2013 | Los Angeles
Harriet McDonald

Two years after the United States Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its severely overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 inmates, the state is still trying to figure out how to comply.

Aaron Sankin

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.16.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The late rapper Notorious B.I.G. may have been have hailed from New York, but his immortal maxim, "mo' money, mo' problems" has surfa...

A Blueprint for California's Budget

John A. Perez | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

With the Governor's May budget revision being announced this week and the Legislature working to pass a final budget by June 15, these are some of the issues Assembly Democrats will be focusing on to make sure our state takes the critical steps we need.

Prop. 13: Now Is the Time

Tom Ammiano | Posted 06.15.2013 | San Francisco
Tom Ammiano

When people say it's not yet time to fix Proposition 13, it make me think now is the time. They say now is not the time, because powerful interests are still against reform, not because it isn't a good idea.

When The Cat's Away...

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 06.09.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — California sends tomorrow's technology, Hollywood blockbusters and terrific pinot noir to the world. Now, the governors of Utah an...

Aaron Sankin

California's Prop 30 Funds May Not Actually Go To Schools | Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.03.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- When a majority of California voters approved Proposition 30 last year, they did so under the assumption that the $6.8 billion per ye...

Reducing Roadblocks for Business in California

John A. Perez | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
John A. Perez

Ensuring California's economic recovery keeps moving forward is something Democrats, Republicans, business leaders and elected officials can all agree on.

The Inspiring Thing Most Californians Believe

Ventura County Star | Timm Herdt | Posted 04.03.2013 | Los Angeles

For the first time in six years, a majority of Californians think their state is headed in the right direction, a sentiment that has produced a record...

The Conservative Culture War on California

James Peron | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
James Peron

A fiscally sane agenda is needed for California, but as long as Republicans or conservatives package it by stereotyping Mexicans, the young, gays, "coastal elites," or whoever else they wish to drag into their damned "culture war," it doesn't have a chance.

Legislative Analyst: California Budget Is Balanced

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 03.16.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After years of cutting education and social services to close deficits, California's budget is finally in balance as long as sta...

Initial Response to the Governor's Budget

Judy Patrick | Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

Yesterday, Gov. Brown released his budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. We believe that our State budget is a statement of what we value and it is our job to ensure these values are preserved and enhanced.

Five Things To Know About The New California Budget

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.12.2013 | San Francisco

Highlights of the California budget plan Gov. Jerry Brown released Thursday: ...

Call Him Mr. $850 Million Surplus

AP | JUDY LIN and JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 03.12.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a p...