California Budget Coverage

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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    Gov't Shutdown Could Harm California's Recovering Economy

    September 30, 2013

    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.

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    Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal

    September 9, 2013

    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.

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    Capitol Roundup: Brown Signs Transgender School Bill

    August 12, 2013

    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.

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    Fitch Boosts California's Credit Rating

    August 5, 2013

    A second agency has upgraded the state of California’s credit rating. Fitch Ratings now gives California an “A” – up from an “A-minus.”

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    Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many Calif. Homeowners

    July 15, 2013

    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.

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    Brown Signs Enterprise Zone, SEIU Contract, "Bridge Plan" Bills

    July 11, 2013

    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.

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    SEIU Members Approve State Labor Deal

    July 9, 2013

    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.

  • Bills Going Out for Controversial Fire Fee

    July 8, 2013

    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.

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    S&P: New Calif. Budget a Mixed Bag

    July 1, 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

    June 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.

  • Trial Courts Welcome $60 Million Bump

    June 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.

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    Calif. Public Records Act to Remain Intact

    June 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.

  • California Beginning to Implement New Way of Teaching

    June 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.

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    Calif. Legislature Passes State Budget Bill

    June 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.

  • Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency

    June 13, 2013

    Lawmakers will begin voting on the California budget tomorrow . But Republicans say they’ll also have to vote on several bills they know little about.

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    A New Kind of Budget Fight at the Capitol

    June 10, 2013

    With California’s budget deadline drawing closer and revenues rising, the air around the Capitol is filled with the cries of people calling for the state to restore past cuts. But Governor Jerry Brown is insisting on frugality.

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    Steinberg: Calif. Budget Talks Positive, Moving Forward

    June 6, 2013

    With just over a week to go until the California legislature’s June 15th constitutional budget deadline, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s “relatively confident” a deal will be reached in time.

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    State Worker Unions Rally to Demand Pay Raises from Gov. Brown

    June 5, 2013

    A top California union leader says “the fight is on” now that Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has rejected state worker pay increases in contract talks. The union's new tough talk comes against a Democratic governor they’ve long supported.

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    Courts Hope for Budget Boost

    June 4, 2013

    With revenues in California improving, court advocates say it’s time to start restoring year’s worth of budget cuts to state trial courts.

  • A Barrage of Bills, and Looking Ahead to the State Budget

    May 31, 2013

    California lawmakers are 15 days away from a deadline to pass a budget, and this week they also faced a deadline for passing bills from one house to the other. They took action on hundreds of measures including the minimum wage, and plastic bags.

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    Three Calif. Budget Proposals Now on Table

    May 28, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers now have three budget proposals from which to work towards a final deal. The Assembly spending plan approved Tuesday joins proposals from the Senate and the governor.

  • LAO Expects Higher State Revenues than Gov. Brown

    May 17, 2013

    California’s non-partisan legislative analyst says the revenue projections in Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal are too pessimistic – by more than three billion dollars. That’s already prompting some calls to increase spending.