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6.30.2008
Welcome To The New Fiscal Year. Same As It Ever Was

Welcome To The New Fiscal Year. Same As It Ever Was

Say good-bye to California’s 2007-2008 fiscal year. It ends June 30. At midnight, the 2008-2009 fiscal year begins. 

It begins as last year’s did – without a budget. Last year, a budget wasn’t passed until August 24, 55 days into the new fiscal year. 

The constitution requires the Legislature to send a budget to the governor by June 15 so he can work it over, sign the thing, and have a spending plan in place by July 1 to dictate, in this instance, how more than $144 billion in revenue and bond funds get spent.     Read more »

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6.24.2008
Baseball Versus Football

Baseball Versus Football

George Carlin is a personal hero.

His LPs – and those of Frank Zappa – were the only ones my parents drew the needle across when they caught me listening.

Carlin shaped my sense of humor, spurred my love of language and hooked me on the whimsy of word play. He makes me laugh out loud.    Read more »

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6.24.2008
The More Things Change…

The More Things Change…

         “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe when the Legislature is in session.”

                                    Mark Twain, 1866

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6.19.2008
Don’t Tax Me! Tax The Guy Behind The Tree!

Don’t Tax Me! Tax The Guy Behind The Tree!

Democrats in the Senate and the Assembly have prepared budget plans that rely on as much as $11.5 billion and $6.4 billion in new revenue, respectively. 

Except they aren’t saying where that new money is coming from. Like in a baseball trade, it’s a tax increase to be named later. In this fiscal year or the next one?    Read more »

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6.17.2008
DeukFest ’08

DeukFest ’08

 

A shorter version of this ran Tuesday June 17, 2008 in the Capitol Morning Report –

 More than 300 former members of the Deukmejian administration celebrated the 25th anniversary of George Deukmejian taking office at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento Saturday night.

Former cabinet secretaries and office secretaries filled the dining room and ended the evening by singing Happy Birthday to the GOP governor who turned 80 on June 6.    Read more »

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6.12.2008
Conference Committee Convenes

Conference Committee Convenes

Three days before the often-missed June 15 deadline for sending a completed budget to the governor, the Legislature convened the special six-member, two-house conference committee that stitches together the state’s phone-book-and-a-half size spending plan. 

It’s a laborious and often-tedious job reconciling the budget prepared by the Senate with that of the Assembly and then turning it into one document.    Read more »

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6.12.2008
Missive on Marriage

Missive on Marriage

Get them wagons ‘round in a circle! 

Rip up them petticoats, use ‘em as bandages. 

Git all the women and children inside! 

There’s a whole passel o’ them damn activist judges on the rampage! 

And them lousy varmints are trying to legalize “homosexual marriage.” 

That’s right, pardner, homosexual marriage. Land o’ Goshon, Lord Almighty, the end is truly near.     Read more »

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