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THE NOONER for January 21, 2016
¡Buenas tardes, mis amigos! Well, the Assembly wrapped up the two budget overview hearings of the week, and the governor gave the State of the State this morning. The budget hearings showed that Governor Brown is finding the center of the stream to paddle down--a paddle on the left, a paddle on the right, and you go in a straight line.
Jerry opened the speech by teasing that he just might use his mammoth excess campaign funds to amend the state constitution to allow him to seek a fifth term.
Here's the speech as prepared.
There are desires for modest tweaks in the budget, but most members seem to be okay with the governor's plan. His budget is moderate on revenue projections and uses the balloon of revenues on one-time projects. For many years, the spending lobby (which I was part of) wanted to use the most optimistic revenue projections and to spend the money on new or expanding, ongoing programs. They were valuable programs, but after the state had to cut back funding (and jobs) in the new programs, it was heartbreaking. There is a new acceptance among the "spending lobby" that it hurts more to do that than being a bit more conservative in annual budgeting to avoid hurting employees and new programs. Bravo, Jerry.
The only uncomfortable point in the speech were for Republicans with Brown brought up the expansion of the tax on managed care plans to comply with federal regulations. Brown tried to persuade them, stating that "this is not a tax increase," but still had a hard time persuading a caucus that is scared of anything related to the word tax. I don't blame them, but it doesn't help governing.
CA25 (Simi Valley-Antelope Valley): It my discussion about Steve Knight's (R) bid yesterday, I didn't mention that Brian Caforio (D) has the momentum on the Democratic side. While year-end campaign finance reports aren't due until January 31, the word on the political street (like Sesame Street without Big Bird) is that Caforio will have a strong report.
I don't usually list job changes here, as that would make me wake up even earlier, but congratulations to Nooner friend Phillip Ung, who starts as director of legislative and external affairs on Monday at the Fair Political Practices Commission.
THE 202: To our Washington, DC readers, hang in there through the blizzard. It's not too late to "borrow" a friend's Netflix password and to buy a battery backup for your computer. My advice: a The West Wing marathon, although you can always re-watch House of Cards. You could probably get through both by the time D.C. is operating again.
The video of the President's motorcade sliding on the ice last night was precious. Unfortunately, I haven't seen the video online, but only on CNN.
Meanwhile, the forecast high today in Sacramento is 65 degrees and Los Angeles is 75 degrees. Apparently, El Trumpo deported El Niño. Rain will be back tomorrow, but it'll be a relatively warm storm.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Orange Coast College's Juan Gutierrez, PG&E's James Morante, Consumer Attorneys' J.G Preston, and Bill Monning's Trevor Taylor!
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