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What Happened to Tuition-Free College?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Senator Bernie Sanders wants it. Until the Vietnam War, most public colleges and universities had it. So what happened to our tuition-free public universities and colleges?

California Jolt: State Upends How It Funds and Runs Education

Joan McRobbie | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

It's hard to find stories of "upheaval" in the way states structure the machinery of public schooling. Wrangling interests tend to allow only a little...

Tax Revolt Could Haunt Texans

Kevin Price | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
Kevin Price

People love tax cuts. They see them on the ballot and they will gleefully vote for them, often without thinking twice about their consequences. Rece...

Despite Water and Climate Controversies and Urgings for Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts, Jerry Brown Scores High in New Polling

William Bradley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts.

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...

California and the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Although it is not described that way so much anymore, California may be a good indicator of what the US will look like in the next decades.

How Jerry Brown's California Budget Revision Is Playing

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Championing what he calls "prudence, not exuberance," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday rolled out the annual "May Revise" of his proposed California state budget. How's it playing? Oh, and what's the play?

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.

Jerry Brown's New Budget for Post-Crisis California: Discipline Begets Opportunity

William Bradley | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

California's generation-long chronic budget crisis is over, but, while the sun is shining, metaphorically speaking, happy days aren't here again. (To reference the Democratic Party's New Deal theme song.) Not just yet.

Jerry Brown Rides a Wave With National Implications

William Bradley | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown's Proposition 30 revenue initiative, which consists of temporary hikes in income taxes for the wealthy and a quarter-cent sales tax for all to stop education cuts and stabilize the long-reeling state budget, is a big win that may point to a path forward for national Democrats.

Why Stockton, California, Is Bankrupt, And Your Town Isn't

Bloomberg View | Josh Barro | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: The Stockton City Council yesterday approved a petition for bankruptcy, the largest of a city in U.S. history. Municipalities all o...

California's New Tax Revolt

Robert Cruickshank | Posted 10.02.2011 | San Francisco
Robert Cruickshank

Services are being destroyed, and the California Dream is fading with it. With unemployment at 12%, opportunity is being scaled back -- and made more expensive.

A Progressive Tax to Save California: How Unions Can Push Governor Brown to do the Right Thing

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Bob Samuels

There are four progressive solutions would balance the California budget without resorting to drastic cuts in needed services.

Tax Cuts From '70s Confront Brown Again In California | ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The last time Jerry Brown was governor of California, voters passed Proposition 13, drastically slashing local property taxes and constraining lawmake...

Brown Slams Prop. 13 On First Day In Office

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

On his first full day on the job, Gov. Jerry Brown walked right up to the third rail of California politics. As he headed into a meeting with local go...

It's the Initiative Thing, Stupid! -- Why It May Not Matter Whether Brown or Whitman Wins

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Politicians in California have long been afraid to make tough decisions out of fear that their job contract will be cut abruptly short by a proposition or a recall. Hardly a way to run a state.

Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good, (Berkeley, California: Heyday Books, 2010), pp. 261. (Book Review)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph A. Palermo

R. Jeffrey Lustig has compiled (and contributed) to an amazing set of useful essays that examine the many maladies plaguing California's politics and public institutions and provide food for thought that points to possible remedies.

The Best Job Training Is a Job

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stan Sorscher

The best job training is a job. Education is part of the answer -- I am all for education. However, education, training and re-training do not cause new jobs to appear, particularly when new investment is heading overseas.

On Prop 13 -- Time to Amend and Correct

David C. Bohnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David C. Bohnett

Proposition 13 has been an unmitigated disaster for California. A serious dialogue about amending this out-of-date roadblock to restoring the state's fiscal health is long overdue.

A Number Crunching Mom's Crusade Against Tax Inequity -- And Toward Solving the School Funding Problem

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Jennifer Bestor doesn't sound like a radical, but she has methodically peeled back a veil that clouds the inequity caused by the way California taxes commercial property

California - A Crisis of Confidence?

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Zach Friend

It must be nice to be a billionaire. Over the last few weeks, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has inundated California airwaves with an unprec...

Little Support for Uncomfortable Remedies for California Budget Woes

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

With its constitutionally-mandated spending of 60 percent of the state's General Fund, lawmakers in California fight over the remaining 40 percent using a diminishing set of gimmicks to tout a budget deal.

Who Ruined California?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

California has a budget crisis that will drastically change the quality of life in the Golden State. Who's to blame?

Who Should we Blame for California's Failure?

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

How could California, the most populous and wealthiest state in the union, be reduced to such pathetic circumstances? It would be wrong to blame Arnold and only Arnold for what's happened. This is a collective failure.

Are We Stupid?

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

Friends, we have brought this on ourselves. We have allowed greed and prejudice to substitute for reason and sane policy.