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California Budget Problems

Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More Than Construction

Ellen Brown | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Brown

Funding infrastructure through bonds doubles the price or worse. Costs can be cut in half by funding through the state's own bank.

Baked Goods to Balance the California State Budget

Judy Patrick | Posted 08.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

Supersized tax loopholes coupled with the belief that increasing corporate taxes will jeopardize the economy are costing California. There are wise revenue solutions. Our elected officials just need to be willing to identify them and take a stand.

Jackie Ginley

How A City's Affordable Housing Loans Became A $10 Million Mess

HuffingtonPost.com | Jackie Ginley | Posted 11.18.2011 | San Francisco

Reporters Bob Porterfield and Jackie Ginley are exploring the financial challenges facing Hercules for The Huffington Post and Hercules Patch. Read th...

Jackie Ginley

City's Affordable Housing Initiative Spent Nearly $50 Million, Produced Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jackie Ginley | Posted 11.17.2011 | San Francisco

Reporters Bob Porterfield and Jackie Ginley are exploring the financial challenges facing Hercules for The Huffington Post and Hercules Patch. Read th...

California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-owned Bank

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.16.2011 | Los Angeles
Ellen Brown

California, like North Dakota, is resource-rich. A state-owned bank will allow it to capitalize on its resources to full advantage, by providing the credit needed to realize its potential.

Jackie Ginley

Hercules Municipal Utility Has Drained City Coffers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jackie Ginley | Posted 10.16.2011 | San Francisco

Reporters Bob Porterfield and Jackie Ginley are exploring the financial challenges facing Hercules for The Huffington Post and Hercules Patch. HERC...

New California Budget Relies On 'Rosy' Economic Outlook

AP | By JUDY LIN | Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a budget just before the start of California's new fiscal year, a rare on-time package that includes a c...

Brown Signs Rare On-Time California Budget

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 08.30.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a rare on-time budget a day before the start of California's fiscal year, a package tha...

Facing Loss Of Pay, Dems Scramble For Alternative State Budget

latimes.com | 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...

State Controller: Lawmakers To Lose Pay If Budget Not Passed By June 15

latimes.com | 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 ...

State Tax Revenue Already $2 Billion Above Forecast

latimes.com | 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...

State Lawmakers Make Big Cuts, No Progress On Special Election

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Indicating they have gone as far as they can for now, California lawmakers on Thursday took a break from budget votes after...

Doomsday Scenario: Democrats Warn Of Worst-Case Budget Cuts

California Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch By Sam Pearson Classrooms packed with more students. Fee increases as much as 10 percent at public...

Poll Finds Voters Support Extending California Taxes For Schools

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A majority of California voters agree with Gov. Jerry Brown's approach to closing the state's $25.4 billion budget deficit over...

California's Failed Experiment

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

Over time California's experiment in direct democracy has actually empowered rich interests to advance their agendas and circumvent the legislature.

California Leaders Turn To Washington For Budget Help

San Francisco Gate | Wyatt Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California's political leaders, who are facing the daunting challenge of closing an estimated $20.7 billion budget deficit this year, are looking to W...

State Budgets: Times Are Tough All Over

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan J. Demas

When we're taxing candy, brothels and pot, we know our states are having difficulty balancing the budget.

California Employees Forced To Take Day Off Without Pay

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California drivers who needed to renew their licenses or registration found no one to help Friday at the Department of Moto...