| May 17, 2014
| 10:33 AM
Burbank residents may be in for another round of utility-rate increases in July, as officials have proposed modest hikes during preliminary budget discussions.
Water rates will likely jump 4.75%, an increase that officials say is driven by hikes in...
| May 17, 2014
Editor's note: This is part of an everyday series exploring individual line items in state and local budgets. Read the entire series at www.dailypress.com/watchdog.
There's about $7 billion in the state budget to fund public schools for the coming year....
| May 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown stood before a room full of community development activists on Monday, he ticked off a list of promises of what he would do if he's elected governor this fall, as did the candidates who appeared before and after him. But...
| Mar 30, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn sought to make the 5 percent income tax rate permanent in his budget address last week.
The Illinois income tax, conceived in the 1960s as a Republican-led initiative, has now become a complex problem vexing the Democrats who control...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:59 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver an election-year budget plan Wednesday that's fraught with politically perilous choices for ruling Democrats — primarily whether to extend the income tax increase set to expire in 2015 or make deep cuts in programs dear...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:38 PM
Studying the universe — perhaps even modern science as a whole — is as American as apple pie and baseball.
Although America was not the first country to launch a satellite into orbit, it has, for more than half a century, pioneered the...
| May 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
In a quiet hillside home in Topanga Canyon, filmmaker Brian McGuire instructed his cast members to take their shirts off, put their sunglasses on, snort fake cocaine and "party hard."
The 20-person cast and crew were filming a party scene for McGuire'...
| May 13, 2014
| 9:21 PM
The Los Angeles Board of Education and L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy heard from dozens of students, parents, educators and community members on how to spend $837 million in state funds for disadvantaged students.
The L.A. Unified School District budget...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:14 PM
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was in his Capitol office Thursday afternoon when a staffer walked in with a list of new proposals that were being wrapped into the state budget.
One of the items was $2.7 million for a pool in Calexico, a small city on the...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:04 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- In a $75 billion budget stuffed with hometown goodies, lawmakers Tuesday agreed to fund the expansion of a bike trail through Central Florida, a gun range in Brevard County, and a raft of other pet projects.
Those two projects demonstrate...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:46 PM
Q: We live in a five-unit condominium. Since we bought our unit last summer, it has been assessed more than $10,000 in special assessments. It appears that previous boards deferred maintenance for many years and there is no reserve fund. Is there anything...