January 8, 2009 |
The Schwarzenegger administration, which was launched via an electoral campaign of majestic hypocrisy in 2003, has finally fulfilled all the heady promise of those distant days of the Gray Davis recall. Just a few days after being featured on "60 Minutes" talking about his commitment to "what is best for the people of California," he sneaked his sixth annual budget plan into the public spotlight on New Year's Eve.
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April 16, 2008 |
California's budget woes deepened Tuesday as the state reported that tax receipts plummeted nearly $1 billion last month because of plunging corporate profits. The news comes as the state moves closer to the July 1 deadline for lawmakers to close California's budget gap, which had earlier been estimated at $16 billion, and there is little agreement on how to do that. Corporate taxes alone came into the state at $869 million below what was forecast in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget, released in January.
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February 15, 2008 |
An Assembly panel Thursday voted to trim $2 billion from California's budget, with cuts to education, healthcare and other programs. The move by the Assembly Budget Committee follows a similar vote Wednesday in the state Senate. The full Legislature is expected to vote on the cuts today in the lawmakers' first action to rein in the state's $14.5-billion deficit. The reductions are in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's declaration of a fiscal emergency last month. In the early cuts package, schools would lose $400 million.
July 25, 2007
Re "Legislators uncork a plan to pick the pockets of the poor," column, July 23 State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez's (D-Los Angeles) celebration -- with two $150-plus bottles of wine -- of what lawmakers consider a budget-passage victory is like Nero fiddling. That passage is based on theft from voter-approved transit funds and cruelty toward the most vulnerable among us. And they'll get away with it because we will look the other way.
December 28, 2003
Regarding "Clearing Out Bad Data on Illegal Immigrants," Golden State, Dec. 22: Michael Hiltzik says California spends no more than $4.6 billion a year on illegal immigrants, and that California's budget gap is running $8 billion to $12 billion annually. When I do third-grade math, then illegal immigration represents 38% to 57.5% of the budget gap. That is not small change in my book. True, solving the illegal immigration problem won't solve the state's budget woes, but it sure would help.
June 3, 2003
As one of those hard-working average Americans in the top 1% of wage earners, I can't tell you how happy I am to be saving a few thousand dollars in taxes this year (May 29). What a waste it would be to spend this money on health care or education! Now I can buy myself yet another expensive wristwatch or a fourth computer. Shame on George W. Bush. Bruce R. Feldman Santa Monica Here is a suggestion for those who feel very strongly that President Bush's tax cut is the wrong thing to do. When you receive your check, simply endorse it to the U.S. Treasury and send it directly to Bush at the White House.