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California Budget Crisis

Alternatives to a Bankrupt Prison System

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The so-called war on drugs is responsible for most of the massive uptick in the prison population. Instead of punishing drug addicts, treatment lessens addiction, disease, and the crimes caused by drug use.

Jerry Brown Finds A California Budget That Flies, For Now

William Bradley | Posted 08.29.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The latest round of California's chronic budget crisis is finally coming to an end. It's a significantly better end than in the past. But it's not an ending with finality.

California Lawmakers Pass Budget

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrats and Republicans both found something to dislike in California's newest spending plan, which passed with only Demo...

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 ...

$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?

'Trench Warfare': Jerry Brown's Budget Challenge Ahead

AP | By ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 08.17.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The warning from Gov. Jerry Brown was ominous: If lawmakers refuse to take the necessary steps to resolve California's budget cr...

Jerry Brown's Big Budget Veto, and Where It Goes From Here

William Bradley | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Can Brown get his better budget, the sensible compromise mostly blocked by Republican intransigence? That question probably becomes moot on June 30th. Why? That's the point at which his proposed tax extensions become tax increases.

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.

California Democratic Lawmakers Revive Schwarzenegger Scam To Sell Off Historic State Properties in Order to Save Their Pay

Jamie Court | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Today California's Democratic state lawmakers announced a budget plan to keep their paychecks coming that included one of the worst ideas Arnold Schwarzenegger had since impregnating his kids' nanny.

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...

California Schools In A State Of Emergency

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

I ask you to think long and hard about what the future of California -- and our nation -- will look like if our public schools go down in flames.

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.

Jerry Brown's New Problem

William Bradley | Posted 08.03.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

It's the typical seeming contradiction in attitudes, with a strong overlay of basic ignorance. Welcome to American democracy in the 21st century.

Jerry Brown Returns (Again!) Only to Drop Back Into Stealth Mode

William Bradley | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is back. And not a moment too soon, as California needs to solve its chronic budget crisis and deal with its chronic prison crisis. But will Brown try, once again, to do it all behind the scenes?

A Budget for the Future Is a Budget That Works for All

Judy Patrick | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

We're at a crossroads. We haven't closed California's budget gap, and we haven't addressed the pattern of demanding that our most vulnerable Californians shoulder the lion's share of budget cuts.

Agreeing on What's Best for Kids

Ben Austin | Posted 07.19.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

Parent Trigger is the first law in California history that gives parents real power over the education of their own children.

Thousands Of Teachers Across CA Protest Budget Cuts

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 07.13.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thousands of California teachers rallied in cities throughout the state Friday to demonstrate against the threat of deep ed...

To Balance Budget, Brown To Close 70 State Parks

Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.13.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration announced plans Friday to close 70 state parks in an effort to balance the deficit-plagued state budget. The park...

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...

Report: California's Economy 'More Diverse And Resilient' Than That Of Greece

AP | By JUDY LIN | Posted 07.03.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California and Greece might share enviable weather and postcard-worthy beaches, but their fiscal problems aren't the same. That...

The Republican Plan With Lipstick

Robert Reich | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Republicans figure that if they can't sell the pig, they'll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it's something else. That's the proposal emerging in the Senate from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and also Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri.


LA Daily News | Posted 06.19.2011 | Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other agencies could run out of money to complete the San Fernando Valley's Orange Line bus extension an...

Assessing Jerry Brown's Assessments (And Why He Was in Stealth Mode So Long)

William Bradley | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Even though Brown has spent countless hours with Republican legislators, not to mention all the time he's worked the Democrats to get their half of the compromise, he still doesn't have a budget deal.

California Slashes Free Cars For Legislators

AP | By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 06.14.2011 | Los Angeles

BURBANK, Calif. -- The free ride is over for California legislators. With the state in a budget crisis, a state panel voted Thursday to end the decad...

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...