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Happy Monday and Approps week! The Appropriations committees of both houses are scheduled to play Doctor Doom on Thursday in deciding which bills will be released from the "Suspense" file. For the Nooner newbies, the fiscal committees hold bills costing over $150,000 (although there is no exact science) to consider in lump sum what they will release to the respective legislative floors. While technically a financial evaluation, it's also where a lot of bills meet their maker for political reasons. Assembly Approps chair Lorena Gonzalez reports that she has 720 bills in her lap and the estimate of Senate Approps is around 350, although the committee has 150 bills up today on regular order.
Thank you to the great feedback on the podcast. Gibran and I are having a blast, but need your feedback. For What a Week episodes, we generally are just going with the flow and spew mind-thoughts. We both probably would like to edit, but that's not in the game.
CENSUS 2020: Confirming what we've been chatting about for awhile, California is poised to lose at least one congressional seat with reapportionment following next year's Census, reports Emily Cadei for the Bee.
"'Right now, the current numbers that are coming in look very much like California is on track to lose a seat,' Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Research Fellow Eric McGhee told The Sacramento Bee.
McGhee’s assessment came after the state released its latest demographic report on May 1. The report, produced by the California Department of Finance, estimates that California added 186,807 residents in 2018, a growth rate of 0.47 percent. That is the slowest in the state's history, the department noted, which it attributed to 'a significant decline in births,' as well as lower student enrollment and a rise in deaths as California’s 'Baby Boomers' continue to age."
Simply put, we are screwed because we aren't screwing.
The most likely to be lost are districts in NorCal's East Bay (Mark Desaulnier) and areas south and east of Los Angeles (Judy Chu, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Linda Sanchez). If California drops from 53 seats to 52, it would likely be in Southern California. If two seats drop, then NorCal likely factors in. From what I have heard, Roybal-Allard and Napolitano are both ready to retire. The citizens' redistricting commission is now supposed to consider that, but there will be plenty of whispers.
The commission doesn't like controversy, but if an actor on Game of Thrones says "off me," the writers (of the redistricting lines) can follow. No, I have never watched GOT. My HBO time is Bill Maher, John Oliver, and Veep. Ugh, I guess I need to replace one now.
Of course, the Dean George Skelton after the jump...
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that Gavin Newsom has really good luck, arriving in the corner office as revenues are booming. "With that luxury, the governor increased proposed spending by $4.5 billion over his January budget. His total general fund spending projection is $147 billion, up 2.6% over the current year."
I seriously thought my numbers were way off when we recorded the pod on Friday. OMG as the kids say.
#CAKEDAY after the jump...
Hungry and frustrated, 4 out of 5 eligible seniors can’t access food assistance programs — leaving California with the lowest senior CalFresh enrollment rate in the nation.
How did we get here? Too much confusing paperwork. Too many physical hurdles. And a bureaucracy that leaves seniors behind.
State Senate Bill 285 (Wiener) is a low-cost solution that would streamline the application process and ensure no senior goes hungry, while also infusing our economy with up to $1.8 billion in federal funding. Let’s pass SB 285.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sandy Brown and Laura Preston!
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