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    12/24/2015 3:54:12 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    12/24/2015 | Self
    A 30.3 billion dollar budget for Pennsylvania's 2015-2016 budget year was suddenly passed by the Republican controlled State Senate last evening. The Republican-controlled House looked ready earlier yesterday to move forward with approval of Democrat Governor Tom Wolf's 30.8 billion dollar plan that increased spending six percent. But the House adjourned amidst pressure from citizens concerned about tax hikes and amid concern over 'ghost votes'. Two Democrats not present at the Capitol Tuesday were counted as YES votes in the crucial 100-99 vote to put Governor Wolf's budget on the table. This new 500 million dollar less budget had been...
  • Walker: Budget will assist small businesses and farmers [Dems sit and pout]

    03/03/2015 1:25:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    NFIB ^ | March 2, 2015
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his budget address in February, presenting a $68 billion, two-year spending plan that he said would “assist small businesses and farmers.” .... watch Walker’s speech
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • California parks officials were looking to spend while shortchanging parks, documents show

    08/19/2012 12:41:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 19, 2012 | Kevin Yamamura
    The state Department of Parks and Recreation routinely searched for ways to spend extra money each June despite facing the threat of park closures and forgoing upkeep at its 278 properties, based on newly released transcripts from an internal investigation. Testimony from 30 interviews with state employees portrays parks administrators who appeared to have the opposite problem from one long described by Gov. Jerry Brown – excess cash left over and not enough ways to spend it. ....The documents depict a department that wanted to keep secret a reserve of its own special funds to hedge against future financial problems...
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by Ľ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...
  • Wisconsin's Property Taxes Drop for First Time in 12 Years

    04/17/2012 1:11:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 16, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Milwaukee, Wisc. - According to Wisconsin's Department of Revenue, property taxes on homes in the state of Wisconsin have decreased for the first time in more than a decade. Governor Scott Walker's pledge to balance the budget without raising taxes was a key plank of his 2010 campaign, and his fulfillment of that pledge will be a major campaign theme leading up to the June 5 recall election. “Our reforms have reversed a decade of property tax increases from previous administrations,” Walker said in a statement on Monday. “For the first time in over ten years, the average property taxpayer...
  • COMMENTARY: For Wisconsin Democrats, recalls are a national fight

    07/07/2011 6:32:52 AM PDT · by Sopater · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | July 5th, 2011 | Kevin Binversie
    For liberals nationwide, the 2012 election starts this summer with nine recall elections in Wisconsin. For liberals, these recalls aren’t just about Wisconsin; they’re about the country’s very future. It’s a national fight that won’t just set the course for Wisconsin, but the course to congressional and presidential victory in 2012 and beyond. Groups, such as We Are Wisconsin, a union front group said to have millions of dollars at its disposal, are coordinating simulated grassroots advocacy. Chief spokesman Kelly Steele holds near daily phone calls with friendly media in Washington, D.C., and other groups to explain the political layout...
  • First Step Toward Fiscal Responsibility [PA]

    06/30/2011 9:23:29 AM PDT · by brityank · 6 replies
    METCALFE MEMO ^ | June 30, 2011 | Daryl Metcalfe, PA State Rep.
    First Step Toward Fiscal Responsibility This year we finally have a state budget that reduces state spending and is on time! Over the past eight years, the Rendell administration’s late budget tactics were used to drive state government spending higher and higher. One of the challenges we faced was a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. The budget deficit was addressed in this year’s budget by reducing spending with no tax increases and even included reductions in the job killing Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. This is the first budget that I have supported in 13 years because it takes the...
  • Colorado Democrats Launch Budget Listen Tour This Weekend.

    03/17/2011 11:36:43 PM PDT · by invaderzim · 9 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 03.18.11 | Hear Us Now
    The Colorado Democrats are going to embark upon a state wide "listening" tour this weekend, the topic is the state budget. They are not happy with Gov. Hickenloopers proposal and they are trying to force their issue. You and I should be at some of the locations to "listen".
  • Colorado Legislature Half-Time Report

    03/01/2011 12:23:32 PM PST · by invaderzim
    03.01.11 | Hear Us Now
    Join David K. Williams (Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Co-founder Gadsden Society of Colorado) as he moderates a discussion with Senator Shawn Mitchell, Representative Donald Beezley, Representative Chris Holbert, Senator Ted Harvey and Nancy Rumfelt of Liberty Watch Colorado, on Saturday March 12th. The conversation will be a review of what has taken place to this point in the legislative session. Perceived success and failures, what might be expected in the remainder of the session and what role you might be able to play. Budgetary concerns are likely to rule the day, but no doubt each panel member...
  • California: Orange County Regional Center is promoting a political rally in Huntington Beach

    02/20/2011 10:36:37 AM PST · by redheadtoo · 9 replies
    Next Tuesday (2-22-11) a political rally is being staged at the Huntington Beach pier. This rally is being promoted by the Regional Center of Orange County. The 21 regional centers in California are private agencies that were set up by an act of the state legislature. Their job is to distribute state money to support programs for people with developmental disabilities. Now the RCOC has become politically active. RCOC has sent e-mails to the programs they support, calling on them to bring their disabled clients to the rally next Tuesday. Since the RCOC is the funding source for these agencies...
  • Richardson Drops Bomb (NM - reveals additional $190 million deficit)

    11/12/2010 4:07:55 PM PST · by CedarDave · 47 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 12, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    New Mexico's budget crunch for the coming fiscal year could be $190 million worse than previously thought, and announcement of the bad news set off another fiery exchange between the outgoing administration of Gov. Bill Richardson and Gov.-elect Susana Martinez. Richardson's finance secretary Dannette Burch said Thursday that Martinez and state lawmakers will face a $450 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year, starting next July 1, just to maintain the state's current level of services. That's a much higher number than the Legislative Finance Committee's earlier projected shortfall of $260 million. There have already been spending cuts in Santa...
  • Smoke and Mirrors in Sacramento (California's latest state budget is a fraud)

    11/02/2010 7:23:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11/02/2010 | Steven Greenhut
    Even before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California’s state budget on October 8—100 days late—it was clear that the deal that made it possible was a kick-the-can-down-the-road deception. As the Los Angeles Times reported before the budget’s legislative passage: “If approved, [the budget] would fall out of balance almost the moment the ink dried.” The paper concluded that legislators had, for the most part, “settled on accounting sleight-of-hand: deferred payments, borrowed money and optimistic revenue assumptions.” Both Republicans and Democrats seemed happy enough with the agreement, relieved that the long ordeal was finally over until a new governor and legislature take...
  • The Legislative Analyst on California’s New Budget — Hate it!

    10/08/2010 7:35:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    California's Capitol ^ | 10/8/10 | Greg Lucas
    It’s official. In the Legislative Analyst’s initial eight-page summary of the budget approved by lawmakers in the early hours of the 100th day of the fiscal year it’s supposed to dictate spending for, the conclusion is that the package is unlikely to balance and certainly won’t improve the state’s chronic gap between spending commitments and revenue. “We estimate that well over two-thirds of the Legislature’s 2010-11 budget solutions are one-time or temporary in nature,” the analyst says in the top right-hand corner of Page 2. “This means that California will continue to face sizable annual budget problems in 2011-12 and...
  • Governator's idea to terminate redundancies is just a start

    07/14/2010 8:08:27 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 5 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 07/14/2010 | Todd Fitchette
    July 1 came and went in Sacramento without so much as a whimper. We Californians are so used to our legislature not doing its job that missing the Constitutional deadline for passage of a state budget was just another day for the Tarnished State. No longer is California "The Golden State." I began calling it "The Tarnished State" several months ago in my blog. As if missing the budget deadline weren't enough, our comedic Governor went on YouTube to call for the elimination of redundancies in state government. Uhm… okay. Many of us have been screaming about this for decades,...
  • $319 million budget void emerges [Louisiana]

    04/15/2010 6:12:08 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 473+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | April 15, 2010 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- Slumping tax collections have punched a $319 million hole in the state budget, a forecasting panel determined Wednesday, giving Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state Legislature less than 10 weeks to decide what mix of spending cuts and one-time revenue sources should be used to fill the gap. In addition to lowering the current-year forecast, the Revenue Estimating Conference, a four-member panel that decides how much the state can spend each year, also lowered the forecast for the 2010-11 fiscal year that begins July 1 by $245 million. State officials have been anticipating another round of midyear...
  • CA: Brown says he wants an 'honest' state budget

    03/03/2010 7:26:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 381+ views ^ | 3/3/10 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Democrat Jerry Brown - acknowledging he's more pragmatic and centrist than when he was California governor three decades ago - said Wednesday that if elected again he will bring Republicans and Democrats together with "business people, union people and tea party people" to produce an "honest" state budget. "It's not going to have anything in it that I'm not sure we can accommodate," he said, adding that to solve California's $20 billion budget deficit, "it's going to take certainly two years - maybe longer," he said. "But I will be patient as needed and I will tell...
  • (Virginia Governor) McDonnell's cuts target schools, state workers

    02/18/2010 5:38:47 AM PST · by La Lydia · 38 replies · 1,022+ views
    Virginia Pilot - Roanoke Times ^ | February 18, 2010 | Julian Walker
    RICHMOND -- Gov. Bob McDonnell went public Wednesday with his recommendations for $2.1 billion in spending cuts...His suggestions include nearly $730 million in reductions to K-12 education, freezing enrollment in a health insurance program for low-income children and pregnant women, and requiring state workers to take as many as 10 unpaid days off and contribute more toward their pensions... "There's no doubt in my mind it will cause hardship for real Virginians," McDonnell said. But he maintained his campaign pledge not to raise any taxes. Reaction came quick from legislators, who now must craft a budget plan... Sen. Janet Howell,...
  • Calif. lawmakers pass plan to balance state budget

    07/24/2009 6:54:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 683+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/09 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lawmakers on Friday approved a complex package of spending cuts, accounting maneuvers and raids on local government coffers to fill California's gigantic budget deficit, providing hope that the state might begin a slow climb out of a deep financial hole. ... The cuts imposed by the Legislature are extraordinary. The deal will mean teachers are laid off, college students will pay more, parks will be closed, and office buildings will be sold off. Lawmakers agreed the scope of the cuts was distasteful, but most said they had little choice. "The only way to do it is to...
  • CA: State budget likely to cancel some benefits of federal stimulus plan in California

    02/14/2009 7:02:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 896+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/14/09 | Dale Kasler
    The federal stimulus plan will shower California with tens of billions of dollars in tax breaks and spending. The new state budget would cancel some of that out. Designed to erase a mammoth deficit, the tentative budget plan would effectively take $30 billion out of California's economy through higher taxes and reduced spending. The plan, set for a vote in the Legislature today, would blot out some of the estimated $80 billion in economic impact that California likely will receive as its share of the federal stimulus package – and blunt the ability of the federal plan to reverse the...
  • CA: Voters may be asked to end state budget impasse

    01/19/2009 8:59:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 625+ views ^ | 1/19/09 | John Wildermuth
    If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calls a special election this year, California voters might be forced to make the hard choices on the budget and taxes that the Legislature won't. State Controller John Chiang said in an interview that he would support putting a tax increase package to voters in an effort to break the long-running legislative stalemate that has left California with a $42 billion deficit and weeks away from delaying refunds to taxpayers and grants to college students and low-income and disabled residents. If Republicans and Democrats can't compromise on budget cuts and tax increases, "they may at least...
  • CA: Borrowing $23.3 billion for state budget won't be easy, analyst says (DOH Alert!)

    01/09/2009 9:06:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 534+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/9/09 | Jordan Rau and Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento -- California may find it hard to borrow the $23.3 billion that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed to ease the state's financial crisis, the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst said Thursday. The spending plan Schwarzenegger outlined Dec. 31 for the next 18 months relies on borrowing $5 billion against future state lottery earnings, $7 billion in new infrastructure bonds and $11.3 billion in short-term borrowing so that the state does not run out of money. Schwarzenegger has depicted his proposal, which he intends to formally submit to the Legislature today, as the only financially responsible solution to a budget...
  • CA: Assembly leader pushes idea of state budget bailout from D.C. (Karen Bass(ackwards) liberal Dem)

    11/20/2008 8:58:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 358+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/20/08 | Jim Sanders
    Assembly Speaker Karen Bass touted Uncle Sam as a realistic savior Wednesday for California's multibillion-dollar budget shortfall – but critics say the tactic could backfire by raising false hopes. "I'm still concerned that some folks are looking at this in isolation and not in its national and international context," Bass said of a projected budget gap of $27.8 billion over two years. Rather than Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's approach of bridging the gap by roughly a 50-50 formula of tax increases and program cuts, Bass said it's realistic to turn to federal officials for a bailout that would avoid cuts. "I...
  • CA: Lawmakers approve budget -- finally

    09/19/2008 6:12:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 157+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/19/08 | Amy Chance
    Lawmakers closed a budget deal tonight that all had reason to dislike. With Republicans still opposed, the Senate voted 22-14 and the Assembly 41-30 to approve the final fix of the long overdue package. Republican leaders supported the budget deal reached Thursday, but no GOP members voted for the bill. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is expected to sign the budget next week, said the spending plan is "an improvement" over earlier versions, but still fails to solve California's structural financial problems. "Unfortunately the Legislature was unable to make the hard decisions to end our structural deficit, but this budget is...

    02/24/2008 10:53:11 AM PST · by stickman20089 · 43 replies · 156+ views
  • CA: In closing state budget gap, vast sums are off-limits

    02/18/2008 7:30:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 125+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/18/08 | Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO -- The state is about to pump half a billion dollars into teaching children to roll sushi, juggle pins and master new dance forms, even as spending cuts threaten to erode instruction in reading, math and other fundamentals. That's because the sum scheduled to be spent on such after-school enrichment next year is off-limits for anything else. State law dictates that cooking classes continue even if some calculus courses could be canceled. In good economic times, voters have passed ballot initiatives that devoted billions of dollars to novel social and recreational programs, such as the after-school initiative championed by...
  • CA: California defers budget deficit (most red ink is to be pushed ahead with borrowing.....)

    02/16/2008 12:17:34 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 110+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2008 | Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    The governor is due to sign off on the plan today, cutting school and healthcare funding. But most of the red ink would be pushed forward with accounting maneuvers and borrowing. Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press State Senator Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, gives a thumbs-up as he votes in favor of one of the measures of a package of emergency spending cuts.************************* SACRAMENTO -- The Legislature passed a package of emergency budget measures Friday, which lawmakers touted as swift, responsible bipartisan action that averts a cash crisis and erases nearly half the state's $14.5-billion deficit. But their move would not...
  • CA: After primary, state budget problems back at center stage

    02/06/2008 6:44:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 42+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/6/08 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    LOS ANGELES – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told voters the Indian gambling agreements that passed Tuesday would help California close its budget gap. The fact is, the four compacts only get the state budget back to what the governor started with a month ago – a $14.5 billion budget hole. The real dirty work of cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in classroom funding and popular state programs is just beginning. Tuesday's primary cleared one potential land mine before lawmakers' Feb. 23 deadline to make emergency cuts. The agreements allow four Southern California casino-operating tribes to add 17,000 slot machines in...
  • Schwarzenegger hopes to model state budget process after Arkansas

    01/12/2008 1:42:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 148+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/12/08 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California should be more like Arkansas when it comes to putting money in the piggy bank. The governor proposed a constitutional spending limit this week that his administration said originated, at least in part, with a conversation between Schwarzenegger and former President Bill Clinton about finances in Clinton's native state. California should follow Arkansas, Schwarzenegger said, with a budget process that hordes money in good times to cover shortfalls in bad ones, and triggers automatic spending cuts when the economy turns south. Unlike California, Schwarzenegger said, Arkansas only taps its savings to cover deficits. That's not...
  • John Corzine and New Jersey's Costly Immigration Burden

    08/30/2007 8:26:51 AM PDT · by trappedinnj · 10 replies · 607+ views
    City-Journal ^ | August 29, 2007 | Steven Malanga
    Governor Corzine’s plan to hook more immigrants up to public benefits makes no sense. 29 August 2007 It’s hard to imagine a politician with lousier timing than New Jersey governor Jon Corzine. The day before the execution-style killing of three Newark students by several illegal immigrants—at least one sporting a long rap sheet—Corzine formed a commission to study ways of providing immigrants with greater access to public services. In announcing the panel, the governor said nothing about the state’s estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants, and the panel included no experts on law enforcement or national security who might recommend how the...
  • California budget impasse imperils health reform, other policies (WooHooo! Good News!)

    08/11/2007 12:24:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 558+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/11/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    This was to be the year of big ambitions in California politics. In January, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, ever eager to put his stamp on outsized ideas, proposed a $12 billion overhaul of the state's health care system. It would provide universal coverage and give relief to the state's 6.5 million uninsured, a bold plan he hoped would become a national template. At the same time, he wanted a $5.9 billion makeover of California's complex network of reservoirs, pumps and canals to help the state weather future droughts and accommodate an ever-expanding population. And to increase competition for legislative seats, the...
  • CA: E-mail slip-up is a curious twist in state budget standoff (Gub's office says Ooops!)

    08/04/2007 9:42:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 508+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/4/07 | Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO — Whoops. An attempt by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff to show grass-roots GOP support for his call for a quick passage of the state budget backfired this week when an administration e-mail chain was inadvertently shared with the media. The e-mails revealed that a statement backing the governor released under the name of a Republican Party committee member was, for the most part, drafted not by the committee member but by the governor's office. Some things the statement said about the Republican lawmakers who have been blocking the budget's passage for more than a month were not so nice....
  • CA: Two-thirds vote requirement for budget gives GOP rare leverage

    08/03/2007 5:31:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 257+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/3/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    Environmental requirements in San Bernardino County. Transportation projects approved by voters last fall. Such mundane matters have little to do with California's annual budget, but they are among the chief reasons the spending plan for the current fiscal year is almost seven weeks overdue. The reason: California's requirement that the budget pass with a two-thirds vote in each house. It is one of only three states to have the requirement, which gives minority Republicans a rare chance to exert influence. "Quite frankly, there are a few places to which we can leverage those kind of policy issues, and this is...
  • CA: Lone Senate Republican to support budget is one of few moderates (Abel Maldonado)

    08/02/2007 7:43:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 412+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    The lone Senate Republican who voted for the long-delayed, $145 billion state budget is one of the few GOP moderates left in an increasingly fractured Legislature. Sen. Abel Maldonado, a farmer from Santa Maria, was the only one of 15 Senate Republicans to vote for the spending plan Wednesday night, leaving it one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to send it to the governor's desk. "I look at myself as an independent," Maldonado said in an interview Thursday. "I've always been independent. I vote my district. If it's good for my district, I'm going to vote aye. If...
  • CA: "Pass It And Move On" (Schwarzenegger: ".. and get on to the next thing.")

    07/26/2007 6:22:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 214+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 7/26/07 | John Myers
    That's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's message to the state Senate, as the 26th day of the budget impasse comes... and goes... with no spending plan in place. Schwarzenegger held a news conference this afternoon on the fiscal fight at the state Capitol where he seemed to play the role of The Motivator more than the role of... well... you know. "Pass it and move on and get on to the next thing," he told legislators, "because there's a lot of very, very important issues that we want to tackle." Schwarzenegger focused his attention on the impacts to state government of a...
  • CA: Senate struggles to reach budget deal as GOP insists on cuts (All-nighter ahead)

    07/20/2007 8:09:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 408+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/20/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    The state Senate leader on Friday said the package of tax credits the Assembly approved to win passage of a state budget was "dead on arrival," leaving the fate of the $145 billion spending plan in doubt. The announcement left Senate Republicans and Democrats searching for agreements on spending cuts and possibly reforms to environmental regulations so they could seal a deal on California's overdue budget. The fiscal year began July 1, and lawmakers were scheduled to begin their summer recess Friday. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata called a floor session even as he and Senate Minority Leader Dick...
  • CA: Assembly OKs slimmer state budget - GOP senators want more cuts

    07/20/2007 1:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 314+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/20/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Moving to break a three-week deadlock, the Assembly approved a slimmed-down state budget shortly before midnight yesterday that faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Senate Republicans have been holding out for deeper spending cuts than those approved by the Assembly. The Senate Democratic leader complained that the Assembly also is considering about $500 million in tax breaks for special interests. The budget that passed 60-11 on a bipartisan vote cuts $1.3 billion from the $104.4 billion general fund in the original Democratic budget, which is $700 million short of a $2 billion cut sought by Senate Republicans....
  • California lawmakers aim for Friday vote on state budget

    07/19/2007 8:28:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 212+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/19/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    Legislative leaders on Thursday rushed to close a deal on the state's $140 billion spending plan before lawmakers' summer recess, which is supposed to begin Friday. While a final deal remained elusive, lawmakers met throughout the day and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, called a floor session for 8:15 p.m. He was scheduled to brief Assembly Democrats on the status of budget negotiations immediately before the session. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, scheduled a floor session for Friday night, and aides in his office said they did not expect a breakthrough Thursday. The four legislative leaders have...
  • CA: New state budget, old dysfunction

    07/12/2007 6:38:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 925+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/12/07 | Editorial
    Our view: California's fiscal condition even worse than it appears It wasn't supposed to be like this. By this stage in the Schwarzenegger administration the budget was to be balanced and state spending under control. That the "Governator," whose starring role in epic films was his primary qualification, squandered an epic opportunity for reform can't be denied, but there's plenty of blame to go around. In case you've been enjoying your summer instead of following state politics, here's an update: The state missed the June 30 deadline for passing its $100 billion-plus budget, and all sides ---- the governor and...
  • State budget still spends too much (Schwarzenegger opts for status-quo, not reform California needs)

    05/15/2007 9:52:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 563+ views
    North County Times ^ | 5/15/07 | Editorial
    Gov. Schwarzenegger came to office in 2003 promising to "blow up the boxes" and offering a vaguely supply-side agenda. On Monday, he announced his annual May revision of his fiscal year 2007-08 budget, and nary a blown-up box could be seen. Rather, the governor has decided to keep most of the bloated state budget's boxes intact, and thus mollify the moderate middle of the electorate. The governor is anticipating that next year's General Fund -- funded by income, corporate and sales taxes ---- will be $103.8 billion, up slightly from earlier estimates. This year's General Fund was about $102 billion,...
  • CA: State budget takes gamble on casinos

    01/22/2007 9:55:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 214+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/22/07 | Peter Hecht
    Governor's spending plan counts on approval of new tribal deals, but Democrats want changes. --- TEMECULA-State lawmakers are warning Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not to pin his hopes of balancing the state budget on a massive expansion of Indian casino gambling. The admonishment, delivered last week at the state's largest tribal gambling convention, offers a potential preview of a second blistering legislative battle over agreements that would allow five of the state's richest tribes to add up to 22,500 slot machines. Schwarzenegger negotiated compacts last year for casino expansions -- of between 3,000 and 5,500 new slot machines each -- for...
  • CA: Republicans take skeptical view of state budget

    01/11/2007 9:22:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 300+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/11/07 | Nancy Vogel
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger described his agenda this week as a litany of things all Californians want: affordable health insurance, clean air, snarl-free highways. But he may have to battle his fellow Republicans to get them. Outlining that vision ... , Schwarzenegger was interrupted 21 times by applause, nearly all of it from Democrats. --snip-- Republicans were noticeably less enthusiastic, and afterward expressed deep concern about the huge amount of money the governor wants to borrow, and his willingness to levy businesses, to achieve his goals. They are a minority party in the Legislature, but Republicans will be needed...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger makes the cut

    07/06/2006 9:49:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Last week, the governor signed a $131 billion budget amid a chorus of bipartisan congratulations. With state revenues higher than expected, and the governor positioning himself for a re-election bid in the fall, there was relatively little of the acrimonious negotiations that normally accompany the hammering-out of the state's spending plan. But the governor did do a bit of trimming before signing his budget deal. He used his line-item veto authority to cut $112 million in state funds from the budget. The state lost out on another $63 million in federal matching funds that would have accompanied the higher spending...
  • Pigs at the Trough

    07/06/2006 7:38:54 AM PDT · by ZULU · 30 replies · 993+ views
    July 6, 2006 | ZULU
    Currently,the State of New Jersey is in budget crisis. Almost alone among the 50 other states of the Union, they are running in the red instead of having a budget surplus. Why? Aside from the previous reign of Chrissie Whitman, who radically cut state taxes WITHOUT a concomitant reduction in state expenditures, AND reduced the government employee contributions towards the pension system; the succeeding reign of spendthrift Democrat McGreevey, who INCREASED state payroll and expenditures without increasing revenues; and the following reign of Senator Codey which pretty much mirrored McGreevey's pattern, New Jersey now is in fiscal crisis. To understand...
  • Kaine Left Wanting as Va. Budget Approved

    06/29/2006 8:34:30 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 33 replies · 626+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/29/06 | Michael D. Shear and Rosalind S. Helderman
    RICHMOND, June 28 -- The 2006 General Assembly gave final approval to the state budget and went home Wednesday, leaving behind a first-year governor who presided over the worst stalemate in the legislature's history while failing to make good on his promise to ease traffic congestion for Virginians. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) confronted an issue that has bedeviled state leaders for two decades: how to finance billions of dollars in road and transit construction. His plan for tax increases to finance those improvements, presented six days into his term, stalled after he misread the resolve of his adversaries and...
  • CA: Lawmakers on track to pass $130.9 billion state budget -*UPDATE*- Legislature passes budget

    06/27/2006 7:15:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 397+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/27/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    SACRAMENTO State lawmakers were poised to approve a $130.9 billion spending plan Tuesday that uses a tax windfall to fund one of the largest-ever increases for California schools and sets aside billions to pay down debt and build up reserves. Leaders of both parties say they expect it to pass with the required two-thirds vote, setting the stage for California's first on-time budget in six years. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said if it passes, officials will work around the clock to complete the governor's line-item review of the budget bill in time for him to sign it before midnight Friday,...
  • CA: Vote on state budget set for tonight - 10% boost for schools OK'd by negotiators

    06/27/2006 9:14:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 227+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/27/06 | Ed Mendel
    <p>SACRAMENTO – The Legislature is scheduled to vote tonight on a $131 billion state budget that contains a 10 percent boost in school funding after legislative leaders and the governor agreed on the sweeping plan yesterday.</p> <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not only gets much of what he wanted in the spending proposal, but as he runs for re-election he also might get a rare on-time budget, one that is in place before the new fiscal year begins Saturday.</p>
  • CA: State budget deadline likely to be missed again

    06/14/2006 8:27:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 286+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    After early hopes that California might have its first on-time budget in 20 years, lawmakers Wednesday failed to bridge differences over funding health care for the children of illegal immigrants and settle on a plan to pay down state debt. Lawmakers from both parties said they plan to continue negotiating Thursday - the constitutional deadline to pass the budget - but no vote on the proposed $131 billion spending plan is scheduled. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, criticized Republicans for the delay, saying the party had gone looking for reasons to hold up a vote. Republicans' attempt to block...
  • CA: "We're Not Gonna Get There" (20th straight year state budget may not pass by deadline)

    06/14/2006 7:21:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 216+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 6/13/06 | John Myers
    That's the assessment today of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-LA) on the chances of a budget vote tomorrow. Nunez now says, barring a late breaking deal with Republicans, he will not bring the new state budget up on the Assembly floor. That would result in the 20th straight year of no new budget by the state constitutional deadline of June 15. In a briefing with reporters, Speaker Nunez essentially accused Republicans of trying to find something they don't like in the conference committee's $101 billion dollar spending plan for 2006-07. "No one can say this is not a responsible budget,"...
  • CA: State's budget approval process gets early start

    06/11/2006 9:09:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 164+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/11/06 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – A two-house committee approved a new state budget of roughly $131 billion yesterday, setting the stage for Senate and Assembly votes this week that could produce the first on-time budget in two decades. But Democrats sent the new spending plan to the legislative floors despite opposition from Republicans, with the apparent hope that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would help negotiate agreements on remaining differences. Republican legislators, whose votes are needed for the two-thirds approval of both houses required to pass a budget, made it clear that they want changes made in the plan that was approved by the committee....