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THE NOONER for January 8, 2016

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Well, the governor's budget plan was pretty well received on both sides of the aisle. The biggest criticism came from some Republicans about his proposed tax on managed health care plans, which would pay for an increase in funding for developmental services. The politics of this will be interesting as Republicans have made developmental services funding a priority, but it is a "tax"--the poison of the party--and requires a two-thirds vote. 

The tax is an existing tax but only on health plans that serve Medi-Cal patients, but the federal Department of Health and Human Services now states that doesn't comply with federal law and must be changed or eliminated by July 1.

Republicans believe that the state's fiscal condition is such that the tax is not needed, although most of the new money in the budget is going to Proposition 98 funding for K-12 schools and community colleges, being put in the "rainy day" fund, or being used for one-time purposes to avoid ongoing commitments so that the next recession isn't so painful.

Jerry Brown’s $171 billion budget proposal bolsters reserves, school spending [David Siders, Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White @SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown, issuing a $170.6 billion state spending plan Thursday, proposed billions of dollars in new funding for schools, climate change programs and services for the elderly and disabled.”

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget helps schools and the poor -- and saves a lot for a rainy day [John Myers, Christine Mai-Duc and Melanie Mason @ LAT] — “The plan provides a sizeable boost to public education and only modest help to low-income families, but its most important component may be how much money would be stashed away for future budget deficits.”

Budget reflects Brown is sour on ballot measures [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - “Brown sounded a distinctly sour note on pending ballot measures that would extend taxes on high earners, raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and finance billions in new school construction.”

California budget: Gov. Jerry Brown's plan includes framework for deal on health plan tax [Jessica Calefati, Josh Richman and Katy Murphy @ MercNews] - “Brown touted the new tax on managed health care plans as a boon to developmentally disabled Californians, who would enjoy a long-overdue 10 percent bump in state spending on their services if lawmakers enact the tax plan. "I hope Republicans can join in on this," Brown said, acknowledging that the tax would fail without support from at least a few GOP lawmakers because it will need a two-thirds vote.”

Jerry Brown’s budget plan: $1.5 billion to repair, replace state buildings [Jon Ortiz and Dale Kasler @SacBee] - “In response to a report on the state’s crumbling office inventory, Brown proposed transferring $1.5 billion from the state’s general fund to a new State Office Infrastructure Fund. First up would be a new $530 million, 650,000-square-foot office building for the Natural Resources Agency.
. . . Brown also proposed $2.9 million to study needed repairs and expansion to the Capitol Annex, the six-story wing added to the statehouse in 1954. The annex, the summary states, “is undersized to meet current demands for legislative hearings and office space, and its antiquated building systems are prone to failure and expensive to maintain.”

Finally, perhaps some new modern toiiets, reducing the need to do the "foot flush." Maybe we can get some movie theatre-type seats with drink holders in committee rooms.

THE YEE LEGACY: Jury convicts man in Chinatown racketeering, murder case [Sudhin Thanawala @ AP] - “Defendant Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow stared straight ahead and showed no reaction as the verdicts were announced.”

GNARLY: Monster 50-foot waves hit Northern California, professional surfers brave El Niño storm [Brendon Mercer @ SFGate] - “Monster waves the size of a six-story building broke at the famed surf spot, Mavericks along the San Mateo County coast of Northern California Thursday, drawing professional big wave surfers from around the world, but conditions were too chaotic for Titans of Mavericks to hold the annual competition.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Rob Bonta's health consultant Paula Villescaz!



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California Budget: Gov. Jerry Brown's Plan Includes Framework For Deal On Health Plan Tax
Jessica Calefati, Josh Richman, Paul Rogers and Tracy Seipel @
Still preaching fiscal restraint and prudence, Brown pitched a $122.6 billion general-fund budget plan that he says makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while also bolstering the state's rainy-day fund and continuing to pay down state debts and liabilities.

Jerry Brown Proposes $170 Billion Budget That Bolsters Reserves, School Spending | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Jim Miller @
Democratic governor warns of possible downturn

Senator Janet Nguyen Issues Statement in Response to Governor Brown's 2016-2017 Budget Proposal
Senator Janet Nguyen has issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's 2016-2017 Budget Proposal:

Gov. Jerry Brown Again Preaches Prudence In $170.7-billion California Budget
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a 2016-17 state budget that projects another year of a multi-billion dollar tax windfall.

Jerry Brown Adamant On Reserves | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Brown proposes $170.7 billion budget

Arena opponents sue S.F., Golden State Warriors
Opponents of the Golden State Warriors’ planned 18,000-seat arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay went to court Thursday to make good on their promise to sue the city and the team, claiming that both ignored traffic and other impacts in a rush to win approval for the project. “The city and Warriors cut so many corners in their desire to jam this project through at the least cost to the team,” said Sacramento attorney Osha Meserve, one of an army of lawyers, consultants and public relations experts hired by the Mission Bay Alliance to challenge the city’s environmental review process. Warriors spokesman Nathan Ballard derided the suit as a “frivolous” and doomed effort “brought by a group of wealthy donors.” The Mission Bay Alliance is headed by a couple of deep-pocketed UCSF benefactors who don’t want the arena built on land next to the university’s new medical center. Last month, the alliance filed a separate lawsuit in Alameda County against UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, saying he overstepped his authority in signing a memorandum in support of the project in exchange for transportation improvements that the city is pledging to make. The latest suit, naming both the city and team as defendants, says those promised transit and traffic improvements are intended only to keep the Warriors from having to pay for other measures that might be costlier, but would also be more effective. The plaintiffs also say the arena is inconsistent with the 1998 redevelopment plan covering the 303 acres that make up the southern end of Mission Bay. In addition to the arena, the Warriors’ plan calls for two office buildings and a public plaza.

Senator Gaines Responds To Governor Brown's 2016-2017 State Budget
s 2016-2017 state budget proposal:

Sean Parker Puts Money Behind California Marijuana Legalization | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Parker contributes $500,00 to marijuana legalization

Brown Says He’s Against Current Proposal To Extend Temporary Tax Increase | Edsource
Gov. Brown explains the proposed 2016-17 state budget at a press conference in Sacramento on Thursday.

Senate Republican Leader Fuller Responds to Governor Brown's 2016-17 Budget Proposal
Photo Courtesy: Senate Republican Communications

Ron Burkle Raised $10 Million For The Clintons. Now, He Has Almost Nothing To Do With Them.
President Clinton visits Ron Burkle at the billionaire's Santa Monica beach house in 1997. Burkle told The Times this week in a rare interview that he's still fond of Bill Clinton, though he's skeptical of Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

Statement from Senator Moorlach on Governor's 2016-17 Budget Proposal
s 2016-17 budget proposal:

Lawmaker Wants To Throw The Checkbook At Water Hogs
Legislation introduced this week would require the state's 411 urban water districts to set local limits on household water consumption during drought emergencies.

Huff Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal
Senate Minority Leader Emeritus Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) issued the following response to the budget plan unveiled by the Governor earlier today:

Senate Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Date Rape Drug Bill
SB 333 was introduced by Senator Galgiani (D-Stockton), and principal coauthors: Senators Anderson and Vidak and Assembly Members Cooper and Lackey, and 14 other Senate and Assembly coauthors. SB 333 had overwhelming bipartisan support passing the Senate 39-0 and the Assembly 78-0.

Will Ferrell Joins L.A. Football Club Ownership Group; 'this Is Not A Joke,' He Says
The Los Angeles Football Club, Southern California’s expansion Major League Soccer franchise, unveiled its team crest and color scheme in a tightly choreographed news conference Thursday at Union Station.

Minimum Wage Boost Hangs Over California Budget Negotiations | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Push for $15 minimum wage could go to 2016 ballot

Budget Reflects Brown Is Sour On Ballot Measures
Armando Munoz, 31, of Los Angeles, joins a march in Long Beach in support of a $15 minimum wage.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

Senator Huff on KNX 1070 NewsRadio
Senator Huff Reacts to Governor's January Budget Proposal

Brown's Budget Earmarks Big Money For Natural Disasters
Andrew Dodds mans the water line as firefighters work to start a backfire to contain the Butte fire on Fricot City road near Sheeps Ranch, Calif.