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California Budget

Four Billion Beams of Moonlight

Adam Kleinberg | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Adam Kleinberg

I'm utterly fascinated by how Governor Jerry Brown has chosen to position the new California budget that was just passed. It could have been slightly more transparent and less appealing.

A New Community College Crackdown

| Erica Perez | Posted 09.10.2011 | San Francisco

This story comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Erica Perez The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today will consider a p...

California Slashes Services For Poor, Elderly, Disabled

Posted 09.02.2011 | Impact

The just-passed California budget is expected to leave next year's government with a multibillion dollar deficit. But the legislation also includes ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, economic tremors continued to rattle the world. In Greece, despite ongoing protests, the government passed harsh austerity measures. Closer to home, California passed a budget with deep cuts to social safety net programs and the state's once-vaunted higher education system. And, in Minnesota, a budget impasse forced the government to begin furloughing state workers and shutting down services, including state parks -- just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Minnesota Republicans, who rejected Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's revenue proposals, are obviously not familiar with the new Harvard study, which found that kids who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to become Republicans later in life. One less 4th of July picnic in the park; one less future Bachmann voter.

California Master Plan (1960-2011)

Lars Walton | Posted 08.31.2011 | College
Lars Walton

The loss of the Master Plan will leave a major void in the State of California. It is expected that the State will experience a shortage of 1 million college graduates by 2025.

No Budget? No Paycheck!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without getting too far into the weeds of the California budget process, here's what just happened.

Jerry Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan. "We've ...

We Are Each Other's Keepers

Judy Patrick | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

What if we believed, and acted as if, we have a responsibility for one another and that together we must work to leave a healthy state for our children and our neighbors' children?

Brown: Prop 13 Faces Challenge If Budget Talks Fail | Posted 08.23.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Thursday that if the budget talks with Republicans break down, the initiative fight that would follow would not be limited to ...

$4 Billion Since 1978 -- Time to Cut California's Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
James Clark

How many dangerous individuals could we have locked up permanently and taken off our streets over the last 33 years if we hadn't executed 13 people?

Jerry Brown's Radical Proposal That Voters Make Choices and Accept Consequences

David Paul | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics
David Paul

The Golden State has now endured literally decades of budgetary trials and gimmickry, but for all the rhetoric about decline and bankruptcy, California's problems are political, not economic.

California: Where the Democratic Governor Triangulates Against Democrats

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry's triangulating.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Democratic Budget Plan

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed a Democratic budget plan approved by the Legislature, warning that if he fails to get ...

First Time Since 1986 That CA Legislators Passed Budget On Time

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Matt Drange | Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Matt Drange California lawmakers raced up to the deadline Wednesday to send a budget proposal...

Facing Loss Of Pay, Dems Scramble For Alternative State Budget | Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.14.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento-- Facing a Wednesday deadline for passing a budget or forfeiting pay, Democrats in the Legislature are quietly drafting a sp...

VIDEO: Governor Brown Releases Video On California Budget Vote

Posted 08.13.2011 | Los Angeles

Via LAist: Only days before the California budget is to be voted on by the state legislature, Governor Jerry Brown has released a video about his fisc...

Mass Incarceration Undoes California (And the Rest of Us Too)

Locke Bowman | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Take away the fiscal emergency, and the California prison case would never have reached the Supreme Court. Instead, there'd be a boom in prison construction.

State Controller: Lawmakers To Lose Pay If Budget Not Passed By June 15 | Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.03.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento -- California lawmakers will start losing their pay in two weeks if they don't complete a balanced budget, state Controller ...

Jerry Brown Not Giving Up On Tax Hikes To Balance Budget | Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento-- Gov. Jerry Brown, facing mounting pressure to walk away from his stalled budget plan, is refusing to yield and will seek t...

LAUSD's 'Disgraceful,' 'Weird' Interrogation Of School Librarians | Hector Tobar | Posted 07.13.2011 | Los Angeles

In a basement downtown, the librarians are being interrogated. On most days, they work in middle schools and high schools operated by the Los Angel...

State Tax Revenue Already $2 Billion Above Forecast | Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.05.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento -- State officials are reporting an unexpected $2-billion surge in tax receipts that will help lawmakers close the remaining...

POLL: To Save Education, Voters Support Raising Taxes On Wealthy

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Chase Davis | Posted 06.28.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Chase Davis Fear of teacher layoffs and other cuts to public schools is leading a majority of Cali...

California Budget: Tax First, Vote Later?

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.12.2011 | Los Angeles

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez signaled a shifting strategy for Democrats in the state budget stalemate Tuesday, dismissing talk of a spending plan ba...

Brown Takes Tax Plan To GOP Strongholds | Anthony York, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.09.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Riverside -- Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a two-day swing through heavily Republican areas Friday to sell Californians on his plan for m...

Why California Is Broke, and What We Can Do About It

Bob Samuels | Posted 06.07.2011 | Los Angeles
Bob Samuels

as California has led the way in the high-tech global economy, its corporations have used new technologies to simply avoid paying state and federal taxes.