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OPINION
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.
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July 25, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
At a five-hour meeting Tuesday, city officials and residents debated what programs might be cut and what fees or taxes raised to eliminate a projected $4.2-million city deficit for next year. Faced with the possibility of closing the Hunt Branch Library, abandoning tree care and paring down the Police and Fire departments, many residents spoke in support of a utility tax or an assessment district. City Manager James L.
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September 14, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday ordered Supt. Roy Romer to find solutions to the district's chronic budget deficit. In a unanimous vote, the seven-member board instructed Romer to present potential remedies in November for the district's estimated $500-million structural deficit, which largely stems from the increasing costs of healthcare, maintenance and workers' compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
As California's chief executive, Pete Wilson had a special responsibility to make sure that a state budget agreement was reached by the Tuesday midnight deadline. Try as he might to portray the Democrat-controlled Legislature as the sole cause in the failure to adopt a budget, the Republican governor must shoulder some blame. Perhaps the impasse is not so much a matter of personalities as of the partisanship that divides the governor from the Democrats.
NEWS
August 28, 1988 | ART PINE, Times Staff Writer
Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael S. Dukakis share a common challenge in the current presidential election campaign: How to squeeze political blood out of a fiscal turnip--the federal budget. Political analysts say that after eight years of shrinking government services, voters want the federal government to become more activist again--at least to the extent of providing new programs for child care, aid to education and some other social services.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Little Leaguer scrambles for home plate as his parents roar their support from the bleachers at Crescenta Valley Community Regional County Park. Nearby, a family munches on sandwiches at a picnic table and children dash after a soccer ball. But they all will have to go elsewhere if the county goes ahead with plans to drastically cut its parks budget. The 33-acre park in Glendale and La Crescenta's 8.
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October 27, 1994 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is vice president for research at the Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation in Santa Monica.
Old Glory. Bumper stickers and rubber chicken. Wet kisses lingering on the faces of helpless infants. Such are the traditional signs of an imminent election, a noble exercise of American democracy that for Yogi Berra fans is half business, half farce and half entertainment. Alas, the fun and pride are dimmer this year.
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February 12, 2009 | Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy
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.
OPINION
March 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The City Council took some heat this week for agreeing to study Councilman Bernard C. Parks' proposals for additional budget cuts. But with city government at least $100 million in the hole just a few weeks before the mayor's deadline to propose a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and with annual costs continuing to rise faster than revenues, it would be irresponsible not to consider any reasonable option. There is no reason to fear talking about Parks' 22 recommendations.
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