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THE NOONER for March 19, 2012

Good morning from the beautiful winter wonderland that is Yosemite. 

In the fastest turnaround that I've seen, if not ever, the attorney general's office granted the compromise tax measure a title and summary late Friday. The title is the same as the governor's original plan: "Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment." Here's the estimated revenue from the LAO:

Old: $4.8b-$6.9b
Compromise: $6.8b-$9b

2013-14 through 2015-16
Old: $5.5b-$6.9b
Compromise: $5.4b-$7.6b

Old: $3.1b-$3.4b
Compromise: $5.4b-$7.6b

Old: $0
Compromise: $5.4b-$7.6b

Old: $0
Compromise: "lesser amounts"

The quick turnaround of the measure was a huge benefit for the governor and proponents. Ordinarily, a title and summary can take 40 days, and the AG's office typically uses the entire window to avoid accusations of favoritism. 

Even so, it is rumored that initiative petitions will hit the streets today at a bounty significantly higher than the $1-$1.50 paid for tax petitions just a couple of weeks ago. With only about six weeks to collect signatures, the price goes up.

Joe Mathews tweeted yesterday "should you quit your job to circulate petition for @JerryBrownGov & CFT initiative? It's on street tomorrow at $3 per sig."

That'll cost about $3.3 million for the 1.1 million or so signatures the effort will need. The governor's committee reported $210,000 on Saturday, including $125,000 from Aera Energy, a Bakersfield oil and gas producer that fears an oil severence tax.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York cover the deal on the Capital Notes podcast.


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Policy hearings get into full steam this week, with fifteen committees meeting, giving a first read for dozens of bills.

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Analyst Sees $2 Billion Less In Brown Tax 2.0
John Myers @
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Ed Mendel @
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California's Right Is Left Aside
George Skelton @
The deal to combine two competing tax-hike initiatives was cut between the left and far left.

Food Policies On The Table
Torey Van Oot @
From artisanal breads and homemade jams to gluten-free goods, some of the year's most buzzworthy food movements are sprouting under the Capitol dome.

Budget analyst leery about Jerry Brown's in-home care cutbacks
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Delta Pipe's Impact On Water Bills Could Sink Plan
Wyatt Buchanan @
Of all the unanswered questions about a plan that could result in a giant pipeline to move water out of the Sacramento River, and under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, perhaps the biggest is how high...

House GOP's Ryan To Unveil New Budget
Rosalind S. Helderman @
A year ago, embracing Ryan’s budget with its deep spending cuts and a proposal to privatize Medicare, became a badge of loyalty for conservatives. Democrats, meanwhile, used the plan as a political cudgel, accusing the GOP of working to end the retiree health program.

The Caucus: For Conservatives on Health Law, It's 'Repeal or Nothing'
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How Brown, union agreed on new tax hike proposal
Anthony York @
The governor feared that his plan would fail if the two competing measures appeared on the ballot. The California Federation of Teachers had sought talks since November.

Metropolitan Water District Wages Costly War With Nature And Age
Michael Hiltzik @
The Metropolitan Water District is refurbishing parts of the Julian Hinds Pumping Plant near Joshua Tree National Park, vastly extending the useful life of some equipment, but also driving up water bills in Southern California.

Thousands Of Qualified Candidates Wait For Shot At A State Job
Jon Ortiz @
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Candidate in D.A. race files suit over Trutanich ballot descriptions
Louis Sahagun @
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Lower CalPERS Return Rate Threatens Local Coffers
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No on Prop. 28: Term Limits and the Federalist Papers
John Hrabe @
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The Caucus: Debates on 'Obamacare' and 'Romneycare' Return
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Ian Duncan and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau @
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John Hoeffel @
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State's 49th Assembly District Home To Changing Demographic And Multi-ethnic Coalition
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S.F. Mayor Lee Looking At Way To Oust Mirkarimi
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @
As San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi heads to court today to end to his legal troubles, he's facing another potential challenge. For the past week, Mayor Ed Lee has been in consultation with City Attorney Dennis...