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THE NOONER for January 18, 2013

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It's the third Friday, meaning we know that California unemployment in December is unchanged at 9.8%.

Happy Friday! As you read this, I'm somewhere over the Lone Star state landing shortly in Austin. It'll be nice to be with my colleagues from other states to spike the football over the budget. The governor's budget for community colleges is the best budget of any across the country, even if we're only restoring about $290 million of the $809 million in cuts sustained over the last four years. That said, it's a whole different conversation, and the governor's call to change funding incentives to focus on student success was already the topic of our national meeting.

Speaking of football, the closing line is as it opened:

  • Niners -3.5 over Falcons (Sunday 12pm on FOX) 

Of course, those budget increases come at a price:

The angst is over not just the elimination of the 50% deduction for gains in qualified small business stock (used largely by entrepreneurs and angel investors), but the fact that it's retroactive to 2008. 

Meanwhile, it's Friday, so we get some aural pleasure from John Myers and Anthony York with the Capitol Connections Podcast. And Paul Mitchell feeds our visual pleasure with a chart looking at partisan registration and turnout over the last three presidential cycles. 

And, finally, Marco Rubio goes for Jennifer Fearing's vote.


Bill Would Let California Teens 'pre-register' To Vote At Age 15
Torey Van Oot @
California teens could submit paperwork to get on the state's voter rolls three years before they are allowed to cast a ballot under legislation introduced in the state Senate this week.

Brown, Perez Tell UC Leaders To Stop Complaining About Budget
Katy Murphy @
Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Assembly Speaker John Perez implore regents to consider broader and more radical budgetary changes, including cutting executive compensation and lowering teaching costs.

University Of Phoenix's Political Tale Runs Full Circle
Dan Walters @
It's now called the University of Phoenix, but originally it was an off-campus arm of California's Saint Mary's College – until it ran into accreditation problems 35 years ago.

California High On Gas Tax, Low On User-financed Transportation
Dan Walters @
California has the nation's third highest fuel taxes, but nevertheless has one of the nation's lowest rates of charging users for highways and other transportation services, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

California Lawmakers Build Pressure Against University Fee Hikes
California lawmakers build pressure against fee hikes

Lawmakers to investigate CalPERS' hourly jobs for managers
Jon Ortiz @
Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and Assemblyman Rob Bonta called news of CalPERS paying salaried employees additional hourly wages "disturbing" in a joint press statement released this afternoon and promised to look further into the practice.

Seeking To Harness Obama's Campaign Resources For A Second Term
Matea Gold @
An ambitious new political organization is being built out of President Obama's reelection campaign, to support his goals on gun control, immigration and the debt.

Brown, Perez tell UC leaders to stop complaining
Katy Murphy @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John Perez tell University of California regents they must contain university costs and tuition.

Florida Governor Backs Changes in Election Law
Amid criticism after the November elections, Governor Rick Scott endorsed changes in election law.

Former patient claims confidentiality breach in Prime Healthcare lawsuit
A former Redding hospital patient has sued the Prime Healthcare Services chain for disclosing her medical files to hundreds of people without permission.

California Entrepreneurs Hit With Retroactive Tax - Business Insider
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Iconoclastic Jerry Brown Goes Back To Square One -
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Lawmakers say they will probe dual jobs of California state workers
Lawmakers promised Thursday to investigate revelations that California's largest public pension fund has paid some salaried managers extra money for second in-house jobs, while other state departments tried to figure out if their employees have similar work arrangements.

Obama campaign will retain assets as new group launches
Matea Gold @
WASHINGTON — A new advocacy organization launched by aides to President Obama Friday will lease the database developed by his reelection campaign, which plans to hold onto such valuable assets for the foreseeable future.

California Schools Asked To Put Moratorium On Controversial Bonds
Dan Weikel @
State's treasurer and schools chief ask districts to avoid capital appreciation bonds until governor and lawmakers can weigh proposals to restrict their use.

In Fresno, The Road To Health Reform Is Bumpy
Lisa Aliferis @
The greater Fresno area may be the most challenging region in California to implement the health care overhaul. Earlier this week a panel of experts gathered at Fresno State to review the issues and consider a path forward. Funding is always a problem, and Fresno is no exception. But in Fresno, collaboration seems to be an even bigger stumbling block.

Jerry Brown Plans To Fight For Immigrant 'Pathway To Citizenship'
Jim Sanders @
Gov. Jerry Brown is thrusting himself into the federal fight over creating a "pathway to citizenship" for millions of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States illegally.

California awarded $674M to build health exchange
California has been awarded a $674 million federal grant to continue developing and building an online insurance marketplace under the federal health care reform law.

Former State Senator Tony Strickland To Become A Fellow At USC Institute » Ventura County Star
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Parents Demand Charter In Lausd’s First Parent Trigger Campaign
Teresa Watanabe @
A high-spirited group of nearly 100 parents descended on the Los Angeles Unified district office Thursday and turned in petitions demanding sweeping changes at their failing school in the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city....

Legislative Leaders Assert Role In Shaping School Finance Plan
John Fensterwald @
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet presented the substance of his plan to reform K-12 school finance, but already he’s in a disagreement with the Legislature over its form.

White House launches campaign for support of gun control measures
Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau @
The administration will use Obama's fearsome campaign infrastructure to try to galvanize backers around an issue that faces a protracted fight on Capitol Hill.

The Caucus: Rubio Outlines Elements of His New Immigration Plan
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says his approach to immigration would include some tightening of enforcement along with proposals to offer legal status to immigrants who lack it.