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California Budget Crisis

California Economy Confronts Fiscal Armageddon

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheldon Filger

Schwarzenegger demonstrated uncharacteristic candor when he addressed a joint session of the California legislature and accurately outlined the brutal reality underlying California's dire fiscal crisis.

Schwarzenegger's Budget Battle II: Another Bad Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With the sequel to last February's budget battle ready for release it's only a matter of days before "those who have too little" get a beating once again from the richest ruling interests in the state.

Governor Schwarzenegger's Proposed Cuts Hurt Elderly, Disabled, Hungry Most

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

At noon on Sunday mornings the church I attend in downtown Oakland distributes about 100 bags of food. Those who line up to receive these bags are usu...

California Tax Strategy -- An Open Letter to Governor Schwarzenegger

Gary S. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Wolfe

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger: California is faced with economic catastrophe. Only new sources of untapped revenue (with corresponding reduction in e...

Our Golden State

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Amy Ephron

As a native Californian and a conservationist, the idea that our State Parks may not remain open past summer has sent me off on a wild fury of exploration.

States Resorting To Extreme Measures In Budget Crisis

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Hawaii, state employees are bracing for furloughs of three days a month over the next two years, the equivalent of a 14 percent pay cut. In Idaho, ...

Schwarzenegger Bull Testicle Gift Doesn't Go Over Well

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As lawmakers wrangled last week over how to plug California's giant deficit, the governor who once called them "girlie men" sent the state Senate lead...

California College: Up in Smoke?

Shira Tarrant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shira Tarrant

CSU faculty have two choices: accept furlough or face layoffs. The first option is bad; the second is worse. This is not only a labor issue for CSU faculty. This is an issue about the health of the nation.

California Can No Longer Kick the Can Down the Road

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Single mothers living below the poverty line do not need additional help. Libraries and school lunches are a waste of the public's resources. And low income students, you're out too. Deal with it.

California Wants To Cut Legal Aid Attorneys For Poor

AP | DEBORAH HASTINGS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawyers for the poor, who say they already are stretched to the breaking point by huge caseloads and dwindling staff, face layoffs across the country ...

California's Death Throes: A View From Sacramento

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

A grassroots movement working within Democratic Party structures might break the cycle of abuse the Republican minority has inflicted upon the state.

John Hodgman: We Must Sell California To The Church Of Scientology (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

John Hodgman proposed solutions to the California budget crisis last night in a new segment called "You're Welcome." He suggested repealing the anti-m...

Newsom Budget Figures Don't Add Up

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Gavin Newsom wants to be Governor, but his analysis of the state budget mess is the last thing progressives need right now -- and calls into question whether he's ready for prime time.

Federal Stimulus: California Funds Haven't Hit 'Real Economy' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 2 (Bloomberg) -- California public-works official Bob Beaumont says the $2.1 million he may get from President Barack Obama's stimulus plan "isn'...

Punishing the Poor

Joel Bridgeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Bridgeman

Governor Schwarzenegger must be trying to live up to his image as the "Terminator". His proposed solution to handle California's fiscal mess is to cu...

Schwarzenegger Would Close 220 State Parks To Cut Deficit

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget cuts could mean the closing of up to 220 state parks, among them the home of the world'...

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.

Can Reagan Save the Golden State (from the GOP?)

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

What today's Republicans ignore is that while Reagan talked the conservative talk, he governed as a pragmatist.

How the Prop 8 Ruling Will Help Gay Marriage

Carlos Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos Watson

I believe the ruling will hasten national acceptance of gay marriage. Let me explain.

But Governor, You Can Create Money! Just Form Your Own Bank

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

An injection of new money from a system of publicly-owned banks on the model of the Bank of North Dakota could thaw the credit freeze and bring spring to California's markets once again.

California Needs a New Constitution

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

If Arnold and the Democrats can waste state money holding failed ballot initiatives and "special elections" they can set aside a little cash for a Constitutional Convention.

Krugman: California Ruined By GOP, Rest Of Nation May Follow

New York Times | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California, it has long been claimed, is where the future happens first. But is that still true? If it is, God help America. The recession has hit ...

Obama To California: We Can't Bail You Out

Los Angeles Times | Peter Nicholas and Richard Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California needs to solve its financial crisis by itself and should not expect an emergency bailout from the White House, an array of Obama administra...

Pauline Beck: Obama Walked Day In Shoes Of Worker Who Now Faces Big Wage Cut Because Of Obama Decision

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In August of 2007, candidate Barack Obama did a high profile "walk a day in the shoes" of California homecare worker Pauline Beck. The SEIU's video ...

The Governator Gets It Wrong Again

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

Why did Schwarzenegger use a referendum to solve the budget impasse? Putting complex budget questions to a popular vote acknowledges the dysfunction of the legislative process.