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THE NOONER for January 10, 2014
Good morning...a quickie this morning as I need to make my way to San Jose...
BUDGET RELEASE: John Myers offers 4 political hurdles facing Brown's budget plan, while Christopher Cadelago reports in the Bee that Department of Finance Director Michael "Cohen's parents had booked a flight for Thursday, and couldn't move it back a day to see their son preside over his first state budget as the governor’s chief fiscal policy adviser."
A reader made this single searchable PDF of the 1,470 pages of budget detail.
CD17 (Milpitas): Twist: GOP Stanford doctor jumps into contentious Silicon Valley House race [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - Allen "Hoffenblum said her entry can only be good news for [Mike] Honda. The congressman is facing a tough challenge from Khanna, who has a 4-1 advantage in cash on hand.
AD36 (Antelope Valley): As accidentally sent to every Nooner reader last night (meant for paid subscribers only), Lou Gonzales yesterday wrote that he was withdrawing from the race to challenge Assemblymember Steve Fox. Gonzales wrote on Facebook "Circumstances beyond my control have risen and leave me no other option than to step aside and suppert a new Republican candidate."
The seat is the best pick-up opportunity for Republicans in the state, and the party must now scramble to find an alternative. I've been told that 2012 candidate and Lancaster councilmember Ron Smith was recently in a car accident and had neck surgery, and thus may not be available.
LA BOS3: Wendy Greuel has decided not to run for board of supervisors. [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "The move dramatically shapes the race for the 3rd District supervisor seat. Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich have announced that they are running. Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver is widely believed to be planning a run, and filed papers last week that allow him to begin fundraising."
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Summary Of California's Outstanding Debts
The Associated Press @ sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:
GOP Candidate Tim Donnelly Slams Gov. Jerry Brown's Budget Plan
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly slashed at Gov. Jerry Brown ’s budget proposal Thursday morning, saying the incumbent was taking a rosy, short-sighted view of the state’s fiscal health that fails to address systemic challenges facing California.
Dems like Jerry Brown's budget but want to spend more
Moments after Gov. Jerry Brown presented his $107 billion spending plan and urged the Democrat-controlled Legislature to help him hold the line on spending, lawmakers called for new spending on social programs. Brown's $107 billion general fund spending plan for the 2014-15 year represents an 8 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year, thanks, in part, to $4 billion in unanticipated capital gains taxes. The proposal calls for an aggressive approach to paying down $25 billion in money borrowed from schools, special state funds and Medi-Cal with an initial payment of $11 billion. There is also $1.6 billion set aside for the state's rainy day fund next fiscal year, with plans to strengthen future savings through a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. California faced a $26 billion deficit and years of anticipated structural deficits when Brown took office in 2011 and promised to turn around the state.
Governor’s Budget Includes $670 Million For Medi-cal; Preserves Provider Rate Cuts | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
The governor’s budget is out and for the first time in years, California is expecting a multibillion dollar tax surplus. The governor is proposing a $8 billion in increased spending, with $670 million earmarked to expanded benefits under Medi-Cal.
Diana Lambert @ blogs.sacbee.com
As California begins to see budget surpluses in the wake of a 2012 statewide tax increase, state schools chief Tom Torlakson is already calling for an extension of Proposition 30 beyond its full expiration in 2018.
Senator Jim Nielsen Appointed as Vice Chair of Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review
California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recommended and the Rules Committee unanimously confirmed Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.
4 Political Hurdles For Jerry Brown's New Budget
John Myers @ news10.net
Gov. Jerry Brown may have not expected to finish up his state budget discussions so early this week -- Wednesday's leak of the documents sped things up -- but he's no doubt glad to have it in the hands of the Legislature.
Budget Details For Calif. Prison, Jail Spending
The Associated Press @ sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
Brown Budget Proposes More Spending But Also Fiscal Restraint
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @ latimes.com
'By no means are we out of the wilderness,' governor says. His $155-billion blueprint could play a big role in reelection bid.
Brown's Blueprint Reflects 12 Percent Hike In Pre-recession Spending
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
California budgets became a thicket of funding shifts, loans and other fiscal maneuvers after the recession gutted the state's tax revenue. Overall, though, state spending would be up 12 percent from pre-recession levels under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.
Transitional Kindergarten Expansion, Early Education Not Included In Governor's Budget Proposal
Lillian Mongeau @ edsource.org
The transitional kindergarten expansion would cost $198 million in 2015-2016 and would top out at $990 million in 2019-2020, when the program is fully implemented, according to the transitional kindergarten bill, Senate Bill 837. While money for the program neednât be allocated in this yearâs budget, bill proponents were hoping for a long-term commitment from the governor to fund a transitional kindergarten expansion.
Rainy-day Proposal Pulls Back From 2010 California Budget Deal
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
The proposed rainy-day fund that is a central part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan would scrap some of the provisions in a measure already on the November ballot.
California Budget Will Test Jerry Brown’s Relationship With Lawmakers
David Siders and Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Asked about a proposal for statewide transitional kindergarten favored by Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown says, “I certainly will listen to legislative leaders and members ... but again, wisdom and prudence is the order of the day.”
Opening Statements Made In Sen. Rod Wright's Voter Fraud Trial
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
But Wright's lead defense attorney said the veteran lawmaker acted properly and was the victim of a "murky" law governing residency rules for candidates and office holders.
Senator Fuller Statement on Governor's Budget Proposal
I also hope to see other important issues such as water infrastructure, pension and health care liabilities addressed as we move forward in the budget process.
Republicans Sorta Like Jerry Brown's Budget. Sorta
Joe Garofoli @ blog.sfgate.com
Are you so jaded about politics that it is physically jarring to hear a politician express anything other than knee-jerk loathing for the ideas of somebody from another party? If you feel that say, listen to the sweet nothings that Republicans whispered Thursday into the ear of Democratic Guv Jerry Brown about his budget proposal.
San Juan Water District Urges Customers To Halt All Outdoor Watering
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
One of the largest water agencies serving the Sacramento suburbs is asking customers to stop all outdoor watering amid continuing drought conditions.
Four Important Public Safety Proposals In Governor Jerry Brown's Planned Budget
Rina Palta @ scpr.org
Governor Jerry Brown's proposed state budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals. Here are four of the most important among them.
Fun With Numbers - Details Of Jerry Brown's Proposed Budget
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
It's time for some fun with numbers -- state budget numbers -- as found in the summary of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed 2014-15 budget:
Despite California Drought, Chances For Water Bond Are Evaporating
Paul Rogers and Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Water agencies around the state have assumed that some kind of measure would go to voters to provide a new river of cash for water projects. But Sacramento political leaders and insiders say Brown, widely expected to seek re-election this year, hasn't committed and has worries it could hurt him politically, particularly as polls have shown shaky support for it.
California Doctors Praise Governor's Move, But Say Medi-cal Pay Still Too Low
Kenny Goldberg @ kpbs.org
California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget eliminates a planned 10 percent Medi-Cal payment cut that was to be retroactive to 2011. But it still preserves a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal rates going forward.