| Jul 17, 2009
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer warned today that state leaders' failure to reach a budget deal has put California at risk of a credit downgrade that would cut off access to funds needed for building schools, roads and other public works projects.
| Jul 22, 2009
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced a plan to close California's massive budget deficit, Los Angeles County officials moved to sue the state, a union for government workers said it might strike, and...
| Jul 23, 2009
Sacramento's latest budget product may be the worst ever -- and the very best possible given the reality of California politics.
Liberal interests are crying about painful spending cuts and no new taxes, not even on big oil or smelly tobacco....
| Jul 23, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders on Wednesday held together their plan to close California's $26.3-billion deficit by delaying until next month a vote on a controversial provision to reduce the amount of time that thousands of inmates...
| Jul 25, 2009
After a grueling 20-hour session, California lawmakers approved a budget package Friday that would close most of the state's $26.3-billion deficit with deep, broad cuts to state government.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would sign the legislation...
| Jul 26, 2009
Here's another Sacramento reform for the long "to do" list -- one that wouldn't require a vote of the people or even the governor's signature.
Prohibit the Legislature from voting on any bill after sunset. No exceptions -- and especially not a budget...
| Jul 29, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed a budget plan sent to him by lawmakers to close the state's monumental deficit, using his veto pen to impose nearly $500 million in additional cuts.
The new reductions will affect child welfare and children'...
| Aug 5, 2009
Maybe it's the summer heat. Or maybe, like a lot of people, I've given up all hope of any bold leadership in California when it comes to the budget.
Whatever the reason, I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of a beer company sponsoring a state...
| Sep 3, 2009
The Legislature is on the verge of two major achievements -- on prisons and water -- if lawmakers can be calm and rational during the final week of this year's regular session.
That means cooling the heated rhetoric -- particularly the staff-produced...
| Sep 10, 2009
State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass says the Assembly Ethics Committee is moving forward with its investigation of former Assemblyman Mike Duvall.
Duvall resigned after a video taped conversation was revealed in which he boasted of his affair with two...
| Sep 13, 2009
As metaphors go, last week served up a doozy. A married member of the Legislature resigned his office after blurting out over an open microphone salacious details about relationships with two women, at least one of them said to be a lobbyist.