March 6, 1988 |
There is widespread agreement that the major economic problems facing the United States stem from our large federal government budget deficit. For several years, we had budget deficits on the order of $200 billion, or 5% of gross national product; last year's deficit was about three-fourths that size. Such deficits are unusual during prosperous peacetime, although common during the depths of recessions and wartime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990 |
Municipal spending on arts, parks and recreation, community services, libraries, lifeguards and social service programs and safety services would be frozen at current levels under a partial budget freeze decided upon Thursday by the San Diego City Council. The council action directly undercuts a city manager's proposal that would have eliminated arts funding and cut in half funding for parks, pools and libraries.
July 31, 1986
The Justice Department, facing a budget shortfall, has ordered its 93 U.S. attorneys to begin no new investigations that involve travel or legal expenses for the next two months. The department, in an internal memo, also told its chief prosecutors to stop using computer research services, limit travel for ongoing investigations, seek to delay court cases, buy no new equipment and reduce orders for court and grand jury transcripts until the 1986 fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
January 13, 1989 |
State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig accused Gov. George Deukmejian and Administration officials Thursday of having "sinister" motives in their campaign to blame the state's budget problems on Proposition 98, the school-funding initiative. Honig, appearing before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, criticized Deukmejian in the strongest terms he has used since the two officeholders supposedly patched up their political differences last year.
May 11, 1989
Free-Mail Issue By a vote of 174 to 231, the House defeated legislation (HR 1149) allowing members of Congress to mail copies of the Constitution bearing their name to all households back home. The bill sought to ease franking, or free mail, rules to permit the one-time mass mailing at a projected cost of $10 million. Supporter Lindy Boggs (D-La.) said the mailing would be "a great service to all of the people of the United States" in the bicentennial year of the Congress.
May 11, 1989
By a vote of 174 to 231, the House defeated legislation (HR 1149) allowing members of Congress to mail copies of the Constitution bearing their name to all households back home. The bill sought to ease franking, or free-mail, rules to permit the onetime mass mailing at a projected cost of $10 million. Supporter Lindy Boggs (D-La.) said the mailing would be "a great service to all of the people of the United States" in this bicentennial year of the Congress. Opponent Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.