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THE NOONER for January 9, 2014
Good morning. It turned into a crazy evening last night for policy wonks as the summary of the governor's proposed budget was leaked ahead of Friday's scheduled press conference. This marks the second time in the Brown Administration that a spending plan made the rounds early. The release led to a rescheduling of the formal release, with three press conferences rescheduled to today.
Patient Zero of the leak has not been identified, and some even speculate that with the haste and ease of rescheduled press conferences, it might have been purposeful (I'm told it was not). Why have headlines like "Brown's budget proposes paying down state debt," "Jerry Brown's budget plan proposes cautious spending, paying down debt," "Gov. Jerry Brown proposes paying down wall of debt, continues calls for restraint" on a Saturday rather than a perfect January Thursday? Regardless of the intent beyond the leak, Capitol wonks are just happy that the weekend can be spent with football instead of spreadsheets.
For those with responses for your subject area, feel free to send them to me at email@example.com. This morning I'll be brief, as I need to dive into details for community colleges, which overall seem very positive.
WHOA: "State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California's cash balance, receipts and disbursements in December 2013. Revenues for the month totaled $10.6 billion, surpassing estimates in the state budget by $2.3 billion, or 27.7 percent. Total revenues for the fiscal year-to-date were $2.5 billion ahead (6.4 percent) of budget estimates."
Here's the LAO's analysis of December revenues, which uses a different methodology but also shows the December surge.
CD36 (Coachella Valley): "I'm 90 percent in," [Ray] Haynes said Wednesday, Jan. 8. "I don't want to say absolutely I'm running without triggering the legal requirements. (But) the likelihood is very high."
AD40 (Redlands): Candidates for 40th Assembly District receive endorsements [Niel Nisperos @ IVDB]
AD44 (Ventura): Candidate Irwin addresses questions of party affiliation [Anita Bitong @ Thousand Oaks Acorn] - Jacqui Irwin: "I've been registered as a Democrat since I was 18. A lot of people don’t know what my political affiliation is. I'm a council person in a city that's been more toward Republicans. I think when you’re in a nonpartisan office and you work with everybody, it's good that people don't know what your political affiliation is." Asked if she ever felt conflicted about supporting the opposing party, Irwin responded, "I supported Republican candidates that represented us. If there was a Democrat representing us, I would have supported a Democrat."
LAW AND ORDER: FPPC heads to court over money laundering allegations against Roger Hernandez [Rebecca Kimitch @ SGVN]
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown's $154.9 Billion Budget Will Propose Repaying School Funds, Bolstering Reserves
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will propose reducing the state's long-term debt by more than $11 billion next budget year and fully eliminating it by 2017-18, according to a copy of the budget document obtained by The Sacramento Bee.
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Assembly Budget Leaders React With Cautious Optimism To Brown Plan
SACRAMENTO — The top Democrat and Republican on the California Assembly budget committee both reacted with cautious optimism to Gov. Jerry Brown 's budget proposal Thursday, while calling for greater investments in their parties' divergent priorities.
Jerry Brown's $107B spending plan leaked
The $107 billion general fund plan provides billions more to K-12 schools and the state's public colleges and universities and includes a whopping $11 billion to pay down a $25 billion headache that officials at the Capitol call the "Wall of Debt" - money owed to schools, special state funds and Medi-Cal that was withheld during the recent budget crisis. "The Budget proposes a multiyear plan that is balanced, pays off budgetary debt from past years, saves for a rainy day, and makes wise investments in education, the environment, public safety, infrastructure, and California's extensive safety net," the governor's proposal says. -- $11 billion toward a $25 billion debt the state accumulated from loans taken from special funds, unpaid costs to schools and deferred payments to state worker pensions and Medi-Cal. Money in the 2014-15 budget is not directed toward any part of the unfunded pensions, including the growing $80.4 billion unfunded teachers' retirement system, but the administration said it plans to work with the "Legislature, school districts, teachers, and the pension system on a plan of shared responsibility to achieve a fully funded, sustainable teachers' pension system within 30 years." The governor's budget will now be mulled over by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, which has been calling for investing in communities hurt by the recession, as well as universal transitional kindergarten.
Gov. Jerry Brown To Propose Billions In New Spending
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @ latimes.com
A blueprint of the governor's budget includes billions of dollars for schools, healthcare and other programs.
Don't Look For Raises In Jerry Brown's January Budget Proposal
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Although millions of dollars in state employee pay raises ride on estimates of government revenue in 2014-15, Gov. Jerry Brownâs budget proposal Friday wonât give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on across-the-board compensation hikes.
Jerry Brown's California Budget: Pay Down Debt; More Money For Schools
A news conference by California Gov. Jerry Brown is underway as he releases his latest budget plan. The proposed budget details how Brown plans to use the state’s improving economy to fuel billions of dollars in new spending while helping to pay off debts and save money for a rainy day.
Jerry Brown's Budget Leak Excites Some, Disappoints Others
The news media rejoiced when digital copies of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed spending plan leaked Wednesday afternoon, pushing up the governor's presentation by 24 hours.
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Give the Attorney General credit for writing a straightforward title to the new measure: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. PENSION AND RETIREE HEALTHCARE BENEFITS.
State budget: Gov. Jerry Brown proposes paying down wall of debt, continues calls for 'restraint'
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will propose a $106.8 billion budget on Thursday that seeks to pay off a big chunk of the state's long-term debt while making modest investments in public schools, health care and the troubled bullet train, according to a copy of the budget leaked to the media on Wednesday.
Don’t look for raises in Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Although millions of dollars in state employee pay raises ride on estimates of government revenue in 2014-15, Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Friday won’t give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on across-the-board compensation hikes.
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DWP Union Chief Snubs Auditors Tracking $40 Million In Spending
Jack Dolan @ latimes.com
Brian D'Arcy, leader of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's largest union, failed to appear at a meeting Wednesday morning to begin explaining how more than $40 million in ratepayer money was spent by two non-profits he co-manages.
Senator Gaines Responds To Governor Brown's 2014-2015 State Budget
At a time when we should be seriously buckling down and tightening our belts, the Governor has taken the rosier budget outlook as license to charge ahead with a spending spree. Creating new programs based on funding that is not guaranteed in the future is a recipe for disaster.
AM Alert: Jerry Brown takes budget pitch across California
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
In what has become an unlucky pattern for Gov. Jerry Brown, his budget proposal leaked early last night. It is the second time in three years this has happened. In 2012, the governor's proposal was inadvertently posted to the Department of Finance website before it was formally introduced.
Petitions At The Epicenter Of The Sacramento Arena Debate
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Bins hold petitions for the Sacramento arena issue at the Sacramento County Department of Voter Registration and Elections offices.
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FPPC investigating Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’s campaign for money laundering
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
California’s political watchdog agency is investigating whether money laundering took place during Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’s 2010 campaign and is fighting with his lawyer to get access to bank records, according to a filing this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
L.A. City Controller Issuing Subpoenas As Standoff Over DWP Heats Up
Jack Dolan @ latimes.com
City Controller Ron Galperin aims to get Brian D'Arcy, leader of DWP's largest employee union, to show where $40 million has gone.
State School Board Seeks Compromise On Spending Rules
The state Board of Education appears to be playing King Solomon — splitting the baby — as it contends with competing demands on how to implement the state's new program of giving extra money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English-learner students.