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THE NOONER for May 15, 2012

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Good morning. Crazy day for me still as I dive into the details of the May Revise for a couple of webinars I am doing today for our community colleges, so this will be a quickie. 


The governor released his revised budget yesterday, and the Legislature has exactly one month to pass a budget before facing paycheck interruptus. The budget closes a $15.7 billion shortfall by reducing expenditures $8.3b, increasing revenues $5.9b, and other maneuvers ($2.5b). Few state programs would be spared some level of cuts.

THE BIGGEST LOSERS (whether or not the tax measure passes):

  • State employees, who would face a 5% furlough and a 4-day, 9.5/hour workweek.
  • Courts, which face a $544 million cut, mostly from a grab of cash reserves held by local courts.
  • Cities, as the governor proposes grabbing $1.4 billion in cash assets "owned" by redevelopment successor agencies and using the money to fund Prop. 98 for K-12 and community colleges.
  • Poor people, who would see $1.3 billion in combined cuts to Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, IHSS and other health and human service programs.

THE TRIGGERS - If the tax measure in November fails, the following budget cuts would be triggered:

  • Proposition 98 (K-12 schools and community colleges): $5,493 million
  • University of California: $250m
  • California State University: $250m
  • Developmental Services: $50m
  • Local Water Safety Patrol: $10.6m
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: $10.6m
  • Flood Controll: $6.6m
  • Fish and Game: Non-Warden Programs: $2.5m
  • Park Lifeguards: $1.4m
  • Fish and Game: Wardens: $1.0m
  • Department of Justice: $1.0m
  • Park Rangers: 0.1m

Clearly, politics were not part of the trigger solutions. ;-)

KUDOS: Over $80,000 net was raised last night at the My Sister's House gala at the Crest Theatre. West Sac mayor Christopher Cabaldon returned as emcee, and highlights included Dennis Mangers as Pavarotti, Richard Pan as the Village People cop, and Darrell Steinberg as Bobby Sherman crooning to his wife, "Julie Do You Love Me." Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye was honored, ending a difficult day in which the governor proposed deep cuts to the courts. 

95616: Love or hate Davis, you have to admit that Li'l Wolk is a damn good up-and-coming pol

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State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Jason Hodge (Support) $17,300 05/13/2012 05/14/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Joe Coto (Support) $36,103 05/12/2012 05/14/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Joe Coto (Support) $5,000 05/09/2012 05/14/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Richard Roth (Oppose) $35,000 05/12/2012 05/14/2012
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate Julio Perez (Oppose) $13,641 05/14/2012 05/14/2012
Doctors Of Optometry For Better Health Care, Sponsored By The California Optometric Association Political Action Committee Dr. Jennifer Ong (Support) $19,627 05/14/2012 05/14/2012


Jerry Brown's Plea To Voters: 'Please Increase Taxes Temporarily'
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for closing California's $16-billion funding gap includes 4-day state workweeks and Medi-Cal cuts. He warns that cuts will be even more severe if voters reject tax hikes on the November ballot.

Jerry Brown Aims New Budget At Tax Vote
Dan Walters @
Whatever the deficit may truly be, Brown's revised 2012-13 budget is as much a political document as a fiscal one, clearly aimed at persuading voters to approve new sales and income taxes next November.

Lawmakers, Others React To Gov. Jerry Brown's Budget Revision
Dan Smith @
The reaction to Gov. Jerry brown's budget plan is rolling in. Here's a sampling from prepared releases:

Jerry Brown Releases Revised Budget To Close $16-billion Gap
Gov. Jerry Brown released a $91-billion budget proposal that sharply cuts health and welfare spending, reduces state payrolls by 5% and freezes construction of new courthouses.

Governor eyes more cuts as Calif deficit swells
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
California's sputtering economic recovery is putting a heavier-than-expected drag on state tax revenue, leading Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to propose deep budget cuts across an array of government services and warn again that even more cuts are ahead if voters reject his tax-hike initiative in November.

Senate OKs Bill To Increase Fines For Cell Phone Use While Driving
Torey Van Oot @
California motorists caught violating the state's rules on using cell phones behind the wheel could face bigger fines under legislation approved by the state Senate today.

K-12 Schools Spared, For Now
In his revised budget, Brown is proposing massive reductions in the budgets for courts, as well as state worker furloughs and punishing Medi-Cal cuts to hospitals and nursing homes. Because state revenues have fallen, Brown also could have cut Proposition 98 funding for this year by nearly $800 million. But that would have been impractical this far into the year, so instead he is proposing to redesignate the overappropriation as a prepayment toward settling up a debt to schools under an agreement that Gov. Schwarzenegger made with the California Teachers Assn.

State Worker video: Darrell Steinberg says worker cuts need to be 'collaborative'
Dan Smith @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said the 5 percent cut to state workers suggested by Gov. Jerry Brown can clear the Legislature, but only if employee unions and the administration can agree.

California Gov. Jerry Brown: Voters Must Choose Between Taxes And Fewer Crucial Government Services | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
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Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers have a month to get California budget right
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a budget last year that was built on a rickety foundation of false hopes. If that wasn't apparent at the time, it is now that the budget deficit has ballooned to $15.7 billion, up from Brown's $9.2 billion estimate from only four months ago.

Governor seeks more cuts
Judy Lin @
California's sputtering economic recovery is putting a heavier-than-expected drag on state tax revenue, leading Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to propose deep budget cuts across an array of government services and warn again that even more cuts are ahead if voters reject his tax-hike initiative in November.

Greek president proposes a government of technocrats
Anthee Carassava @
ATHENS -- In the latest twist to Greece’s lingering political crisis, President Karolos Papoulias on Monday proposed a government of technocrats to stave off a repeat round of elections that could jeopardize the country’s fate in terms of the shared European currency.

Brown Proposes 4-day Week For State Workers
Wyatt Buchanan @
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed significant cuts to state courts and state worker pay - including reducing state employees' workweek to four days - to help close a $15.7 billion gap between revenue and expenses for California'...

Optimistic Projections Led To Dramatic Surge In California Budget Deficiit
Kevin Yamamura @
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that the state budget deficit had grown by a remarkable 70 percent since January, but fiscal experts said the economy had little to do with it.

Gov.: $17 Billion More For Schools With New Taxes
Orange County educators will need to prepare budgets that anticipate losing $5.5 billion in statewide school funding in 2012-13 – about $700 million more than previously anticipated – under a worst-case scenario outlined by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday

Calif. gov. urges budget cuts amid $16B shortfall
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
California Gov. Jerry Brown called on state lawmakers to embrace austere cuts and urged voters to approve tax hikes in outlining a revised budget Monday.

Jerry Brown defends using housing money for budget
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown this morning defended his proposal to use $410 million in proceeds from the national mortgage settlement to help solve California's budget deficit, offsetting other costs.

Analysis: Gay marriage decision not working in Obama's favor so far
Paul West @
WASHINGTON -- It’s been one week since President Obama, prodded into action by Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on a Sunday talk show, granted Robin Roberts of ABC News an interview in which he revealed his personal policy shift on gay marriage. Whether or not Obama’s decision, and the way it was handled politically, will make a difference on election day is still anyone’s guess — and may always be. Parsing reactions by millions of individual voters, particularly on an issue that ranks far below other concerns for most Americans, obviously involves a measure of guesswork.

AM Alert: Can Jerry Brown pass a budget without 'fairy dust'?
Amy Chance @
As California absorbs the magnitude of the newly estimated budget deficit, Dan Walters wonders whether voters will demand a gimmick-free spending plan. Kevin Yamamura hosts a live chat today on the state budget at noon today.

Rallies In California Protest Social Service Cuts
Carolyn Jones @
Sara Gonzales, who's unemployed and raising her grandson, said she'd be devastated without CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work program for families that Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cutting on Monday. But she worries...

California Budget Cuts: 'all Courts Are Going To Feel The Pain'
Kimi Yoshino @
State judicial leaders warned Monday that the proposed cuts for the California courts may jeopardize public access to the justice system.

Romney marches closer to nomination as Nebraska and Oregon vote
Kim Geiger @
With Mitt Romney essentially the last Republican presidential candidate standing, the former Massachusetts governor will inch closer to officially clinching his party’s nomination Tuesday when voters head to the polls in Oregon and Nebraska.

Take death penalty repeal off California ballot, court is urged
The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal Monday to remove from the November ballot a proposal to abolish the death penalty in California, arguing it violates the state's "single-subject rule" for initiatives.