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THE NOONER for May 15, 2015
MAY REVISION DAY! By the time you read this, the governor is expected tp have revealed his revised budget propsal. How much of the surge of state revenues will he recognize? Details should be available here.
AND, WE HAVE THE ADVANCED LEAKAGE... Gov. Jerry Brown wants tax credit for poor in California's budget [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "The change would keep more money in the pockets of 825,000 families and reduce the state’s revenue by $380 million, according to administration estimates."
LET THERE BE SLIGHT: California legislators blast UC over financial aid for out-of-state students [Alexie Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Lawmakers slammed the University of California on Wednesday for spending $32 million last year to provide financial aid to out-of-state and international students."
Proposed State Budget Allocates $2.2 Billion For Drought Response
As Californians prepare to confront the coming hot, dry summer months, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed more than $2 billion in additional drought funding Thursday as part of his revised state budget.
Health And Social Service Advocates Cry Foul Over Brown's Revised Budget
The state's tattered social safety net will be front and center in Brown's negotiations with Democratic lawmakers from now through the June 15 constitutional deadline for enacting next year's budget, wrangling over how to spend about $2 billion in better-than-expected tax revenues that aren't already earmarked for other purposes.
New Funding For Drought Relief, Water Projects In Jerry Brown's Revised State Budget
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
But the drought also was a key area of increased spending. In all, $2.1 billion in new funding was earmarked for water projects such as grants to cities and water agencies to expand conservation programs, water recycling, desalination and farm water conservation.
Proposed Tax Credit For California's Poor Receives Bipartisan Support
Gov. Jerry Brown ’s proposal for a state tax credit for California’s poorest working families was praised by both Democratic and Republican legislative leaders Thursday, but that warm bipartisan embrace wasn’t extended to other portions of the governor’s revised state budget.
Cannella Issues Statement on Governor Brown's May Revise Budget Proposal
The California Budget's Shrinking Surplus
Only Gov. Jerry Brown can make so much money seem like so little. His revised $169-billion budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 estimates that state revenues will be nearly $7 billion higher than he had predicted in January. Once the state sets aside the required amounts for public schools and its rainy-day fund, however, it will have enough for only a handful of initiatives, Brown argued Thursday. It's rare to see a politician in this state with as much discipline as Brown has shown, but it's welcome in light of the huge unfunded liabilities that Sacramento has yet to confront.
Governor On Professional Services Tax: 'i Don't See The Path Forward'
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Time For California Lawmakers To Repeal Cap On School Reserves
Hundreds of California school districts, from liberal-leaning Berkeley to the conservative Central Valley, joined the California State PTA , county education officials, education groups and civil rights advocates to support Assembly Bill 1048 . The bill would repeal a widely reviled cap on how much money school districts can save, a provision of the otherwise prudent Proposition 2 , which voters approved in November to build up the state's rainy day fund.
Ex-O.C. Sheriff Michael Carona Leaves Prison, Moved To Halfway House
Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona – who was sentenced to federal prison for witness tampering – was moved this week from a federal prison medical center in Kentucky to a halfway house in Los Angeles County.
Senator Anderson Opposes SB 277 in Defense of Religious Freedom
Senate Bill 277 violates parental rights and infringes upon Californians' basic fundamental right to freely exercise their faith. As legislators, one of our most basic responsibilities is to protect individual rights, not trample them by violating one's faith. Inserting state government between the sacred parent-child relationship is wrong. I opposed SB 277 on the Senate Floor and will continue to fight to protect parental rights and religious liberties anywhere they are threatened.
Why Run For President If You Don't Have A Chance?
The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats , as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sanchez: 6 Takeaways And 1 Alternative Theory
The state press corps, facing the horror of covering a 2016 campaign packed with all the drama and entertainment juice of a race for the San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District, cheered as one on Thursday, as Sanchez entered the race to challenge the attempted coronation of Attorney General Kamala Harris, confirming the institutional bias of reporters always voting for the story.
L.A. Getting No Owens Valley Runoff For First Time Since 1913
For the first time since 1913 -- when Department of Water and Power chief architect William Mulholland opened the waterway with the words, "There it is. Take it!" -- the 233-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct has stopped carrying Owens Valley runoff to Los Angeles.
Assembly Approves Bill To Help Corinthian Colleges Students | The Sacramento Bee
The state Assembly is advancing legislation to help about 13,000 California students affected by the sudden closure of Corinthian Colleges.
Why run for president if you don't have a chance?
The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson,...
Revised Estimate For K-12 Spending: $6 Billion More Next Year | Edsource
Gov. Jerry Brown presents the revised state budget Thursday at a press conference in Sacramento.
Revised California Budget Plan Helps Schools And The Poor
A growing economy is fueling an expansive plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to provide billions more dollars for schools and a tax break for poor families, even as he accelerates spending to battle the ongoing drought.
Vaccination Bill Passes California Senate; Opponents Vow Fight - San Francisco Chronicle
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Court Sides With Fruit Farm In Fight With Farm Workers Union
Siding with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, a California appeals court ruled unconstitutional a state law that labor activists say is key to helping farm workers improve their working conditions.
Republican Presidential Candidates Rally Around Flat Tax
t expected to last beyond the primaries.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' and other sequels that took their sweet time
has been a long and twisting one for Australian filmmaker George Miller, who began an eventual franchise 36 years ago with little more than a shoestring budget, an unknown actor named Mel Gibson and a fair amount of gumption.
Revised And Reignited: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
Two big political stories that both happened on the same day this week — one a revised plan of action, one a reigniting of talk about a competitive statewide race in 2016.