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2.26.2010
Savings in Recently Passed Budget Bill Lower Than Claimed

Savings in Recently Passed Budget Bill Lower Than Claimed

A budget measure on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk that purports to save the state $2.3 billion likely saves far less – perhaps only half as much.

The bill, ABX8 2, predicts savings of nearly $1 billion by changing the way health care is delivered to California’s 167,000 prison inmates — $811 million – and commuting the sentence and then deporting illegal immigrant inmates, $182 million.    Read more »

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2.26.2010
Correction

Correction

(Editor’s Note: It is with sadness that management pens yet another correction stemming from the work of the chief correspondent of California’s Capitol. This latest foul-up occurred in a recent “Angry Man” post. While management extends a certain amount of latitude to the chief correspondent in this category, allowing the expression of opinion and a higher degree of what we call S&V — Sarcasm and Vitriol — facts should never be error.    Read more »

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2.26.2010
Just a Few Quick Questions for Assemblyman Chris Norby

Just a Few Quick Questions for Assemblyman Chris Norby

During the Assembly debate over a resolution, which carries no force of law, urging people to not curse during the first week of March, freshman lawmaker, Chris Norby, a Fullerton Republican, rose and told his colleagues:

“With the state broke, I don’t know if this is what we should be spending our time on in here.”

Absolutely true.    Read more »

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2.25.2010
Up to $2.5 billion in State Payments to Public Schools Delayed

Up to $2.5 billion in State Payments to Public Schools Delayed

Over the objections of public schools, the Assembly narrowly passed a bill February 25 that would allow the state to postpone up to $2.5 billion in payments to kindergarten through Grade 12 districts between July 2010 and March 2011.

Public schools, which have shouldered $14 billion of the $35 billion in spending reductions approved by lawmakers and Gov.    Read more »

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2.24.2010
Democrats Bad, Republicans Good or the Other Way Around

Democrats Bad, Republicans Good or the Other Way Around

Democrats and Republicans continue to wrangle over scoring rhetorical points about whose legislation does more to create jobs.

The Republican minority issued a press release February 24 which, among other things said that several of the measures in their 22-bill “job creation” package  were “rejected” by Democrats, who hold comfortable majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly.    Read more »

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2.24.2010
!*&#{%/@! — Can’t Even Curse and Swear in Peace Anymore

!*&#{%/@! — Can’t Even Curse and Swear in Peace Anymore

(Editor’s Note: This measure is authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, a Pasadena Democrat, whose district includes South Pasadena. The Assembly is expected to approve the measure February 25. A media availability with the Assemblyman follows. Resolutions, unlike laws, are non-binding.) 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST 

ACR 112, as amended, Portantino. Cuss Free Week.     Read more »

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2.23.2010
Lawmakers Try to Increase Their Income Streams, Not State’s

Lawmakers Try to Increase Their Income Streams, Not State’s

February 23 and February 24 is set the 2010 record for fundraisers with 26 – 11 on the 23rd and 15 on the 24th.

Of the 11, there is one dinner, two lunches, seven cocktail receptions and, for $2,000, a luxury suite to watch the Sacramento Kings play the Detroit Pistons with Assemblyman Steve Knight, a Lancaster Republican.    Read more »

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2.23.2010
Headline: Three Universities Seek Tuition Hikes of 16-31%

Headline: Three Universities Seek Tuition Hikes of 16-31%

Not really news given the steep increases already imposed by the California State University system and the University of California.

Except these increases aren’t for California public higher education students, they’re for at least 130,000 public higher education students in Arizona.

The Arizona Republic reported recently that because of state budget gets and “an uncertain economy,”

Regents of the University of Arizona will vote in March on a 31 percent tuition increase – very close to the 32 percent increase approved by University of California regents in December – that would boost tuition by $2,130 to $8,972.    Read more »

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2.23.2010

A Truthful Assessment from an Exceptionally Intriguing Novel

 

“If no one knows the way, anyone can be a guide.”

— Sidi Mubarak Bombay, from The Collector of Worlds by Iliya Troyanov    Read more »

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2.22.2010
California and Arizona’s Budgets: Different Sizes, Same Woes

California and Arizona’s Budgets: Different Sizes, Same Woes

‘Imagine taking off in a plane after siphoning some gas from the tank.

“From a budgetary perspective, that’s about what Arizona has done. 

“For years the state managed to cut many of its taxes while taking on greater spending obligations. Rapid population growth and the housing and dot-com bubbles helped obscure the reality that Arizona had an unsustainable long-term strategy.    Read more »

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