The California Citizens Compensation Commission approved a 5 percent pay cut on May 31 for lawmakers and statewide office holders.
On a 5 to 1 vote, the seven-member commission reduced legislative pay from $95,290 to $90,525.
California legislators would remain the highest paid in the nation.
At $82,026, Pennsylvania lawmakers are the second highest paid.    Read more »
A key reason the mailbag is overflowing is that in the month of May alone tobacco giant Philip Morris reports cash contributions of $12.5 million to the “no” campaign. R. J. Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Winston cigarettes, reports contributions of $5.5 million for May.
Pet groomers, pet bathers and pet brushers would be certified under legislation approved May 30 by the state Senate.
This bill – SB 969 by Sen. Juan Vargas, a San Diego Democrat – would create a voluntary program administered by the California Pet Grooming Council, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that would establish standards of education, examination, training and experience.    Read more »
Passing a bill that seemed as though enacted numerous times before, the Senate approved creation of a state “one-stop-shop” website on May 29 to provide persons with the information they need to start a business in California.
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature and the governor’s office have advocated easing the hurdles to business start-ups for decades — at a minimum to help improve the state’s tarnished business climate.    Read more »
On May 24, the Assembly began evaluating a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the number of state agencies from 12 to 10, a reorganization move that Brown says streamlines the delivery of services and saves taxpayers money.
Modifying the structure of state government has been championed by a number of previous governors.    Read more »
This mailer comes from the “No New Taxes Committee, a Project of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.”
The back of the nevelope says “If you make at least $250,000 annually, look out! Your state tax rate could go up by 29 percent.
“You could pay $19,000 more! See page 3 for details!…”
Milton Slocum Latham, California’s sixth governor, was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 23, 1827.
He continues to hold the record for shortest term as California’s chief executive:
From January 9, 1860 to January 14, 1860.
During his brief tenure, he sent President Buchanan a letter supporting the desire of six southern counties to split from California and form a new, more slavery-friendly territory.    Read more »
The Senate Rules Committee’s agenda for its May 23 meeting contains a list of 21 measures whose legislative authors wish to have voted on by the upper house outside the normal procedure for debating legislation on the Senate floor.
“Without reference to file,” is the legislative term of art.
All of the bills these 21 lawmakers wish to have taken up “without reference to file” are resolutions originating in either the Senate or the lower house.    Read more »
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