October 18, 2011 |
California's controller announced last week that the state is $705 million short of its budget projections, which probably will trigger more spending cuts. You or someone close to you will be negatively affected by these dramatic cuts. They will hurt. For some, they will cause irreversible pain. If the triggers are pulled, about $2.5 billion in state investments in healthcare and education will be slashed. Those cuts will include an additional $200 million in higher education as well as $30 million in higher tuition fees.
June 18, 2011 |
In April 1519, Hernan Cortes landed near what's now Veracruz, Mexico, and scuttled his ships so that his potentially mutinous troops would have no choice but to follow him into battle against the Aztecs. Gov. Jerry Brown's veto Thursday of a budget passed by his own party's legislative majority has something of the conquistador's either-or bravado. Brown has taken California politics into new territory with the first categorical budget veto since 1922, when the state began requiring a consolidated annual spending plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 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 next week even though the Assembly rejected key provisions that left it short by nearly $1.1 billion. The governor had demanded repeatedly during months of negotiations that lawmakers close the entire deficit.
July 17, 2009
Re "Everybody dropped the ball," Column, July 16 I'm sorry that we weren't able to agree to a budget solution before you returned from your vacation, George. But let me bring you up to speed, because we have made great progress toward an agreement that will do more than solve our current deficit; it will put our state on more solid footing for the future. If I had signed the proposals the Legislature was willing to send me three weeks ago, the only thing it would have accomplished was to delay our budget problems.
June 19, 2009
Re "Budget panel's choices ensure a fight," June 17 As a small part of the budget solution, a long-overdue tax on oil company extraction and an increase in the tax on sales of tobacco are, once again, met with the Republican mantra that "this is not the time for a tax increase." We heard that same tune during the economic boom. Let's see: A tax on Big Oil and Big Tobacco, or eliminating child healthcare programs, aid to the elderly and libraries? Tough choice? Not for me and many Californians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are planning to scale back the state's investment in schools, higher education, public transportation and other programs -- while imposing several temporary tax increases -- to close the $42-billion budget gap projected by the middle of next year. The bipartisan plan was cobbled together in private talks by legislative leaders and presented to rank-and-file lawmakers Wednesday afternoon, according to participants. Votes in the Assembly and state Senate are planned as soon as Friday.