On-going, comprehensive coverage of California's budgeting process for fiscal 2013-14, from Governor Brown's initial and revised proposals, to expert analysis and lawmaker reactions, to debate, more revision and eventual passage.
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Many California Democrats and progressive groups want to reinvest in programs devastated by years of budget cuts now that the state’s revenue outlook has improved.
California’s non-partisan budget analyst says the state’s structural deficit is gone. The new projection: a surplus of more than $2 billion by the end of the current fiscal year next June.
State Sen. Ron Calderon issues a statement prompted by the bribery allegations against him in a leaked FBI affidavit - but doesn't address the allegations themselves. Also, October turned out to be a strong month for state budget revenues.
California programs and services wouldn’t take a big hit from a federal government shutdown, at least not at first. But state budget watchers still say California has a lot to lose from the standoff in Washington.
After nearly two weeks of sniping back and forth, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg have reached a deal on their competing prison plans in response to the federal court order that requires California to reduce overcrowding.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that increases the rights of transgender students at public schools. Also, a Republican lawmaker wants Brown to call a special legislative session on prisons. And California revenues had a slow July.
A second agency has upgraded the state of California’s credit rating. Fitch Ratings now gives California an “A” – up from an “A-minus.”
California’s new education funding formula sends more dollars to disadvantaged students – with new strings attached.
California homeowners who saw their property taxes plunge along with their homes’ market values during the recession could get some sticker shock when their next tax bill arrives. The bad news for homeowners is good news for state and local budgets.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to overhaul a controversial tax break for companies that hire workers in low-income communities. He also signed a key labor pact and a measure to provide health care to the working poor.
Governor Jerry Brown’s labor deal with California’s largest state workers union is now all-but-official. SEIU Local 1000 says 90 percent of its members voted to ratify the contract.
For the second year in a row, California is charging rural homeowners a special fee for fire protection. The bills are coming a bit later than planned, but they are on their way. he fee's critics are as angry as ever and still hope to overturn it.
S&P: New Calif. Budget a Mixed Bag
Mon, Jul 01, 2013
The Standard and Poor’s rating agency likes most of what it sees in the new California state budget. But S&P analyst Gabriel Petek says the spending plan takes a step backwards by not paying down as much debt as Gov. Jerry Brown originally proposed.
Brown's Budget Guru Stepping Down
Fri, Jun 28, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget guru is resigning after more than three years as head of California’s Finance Department. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.
Budget's on the Books: Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan
Thu, Jun 27, 2013
California's new state budget is now law. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the $96 billion general fund spending plan for the fiscal year that will begin on Monday, with very few line-item vetoes.
Brown Wins Enterprise Zone Elimination in Narrow Assembly Vote
Thu, Jun 27, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the controversial Enterprise Zone tax break has squeaked through the Assembly with the bare minimum two-thirds vote.
There was a sense of celebration as Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget today, especially among health care advocates.
Senate Approves Restoration of Records Act
Mon, Jun 24, 2013
The California Senate has passed an Assembly bill that would roll back changes to the state’s Public Records Act.
Trial Courts Welcome $60 Million Bump
Mon, Jun 24, 2013
California’s trial courts are set to receive an extra $60 million in the new state budget that takes effect next month. The money is designated to help improve access to courts that have slashed hours and resources or shut down completely.
Calif. Public Records Act to Remain Intact
Thu, Jun 20, 2013
After a week filled with controversy over a provision in the state budget package that would have gutted the California Public Records Act, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders all say they support short- and long-term fixes.
Lawmakers Scramble to Undo Change to Public Records Act
Wed, Jun 19, 2013
After an angry outcry from the public and press, California state lawmakers are backtracking on provisions that would weaken California’s Public Records Act.
California Beginning to Implement New Way of Teaching
Mon, Jun 17, 2013
The days of tedious memorization and multiple choice tests may soon be a thing of the past for California students. The state is beginning to implement an entirely new way of teaching known as the common core curriculum.
Calif. Legislature Passes State Budget Bill
Fri, Jun 14, 2013
The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill – one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate will continue Saturday on some of the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.
New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians
Fri, Jun 14, 2013
California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. A small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them.
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