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State Budget Update: California Faces $25 Billion Budget Shortfall

When I last wrote about California’s state budget picture, Gov. Newsom was warning in his September veto messages about the state facing lower-than-expected tax revenues in the first months of the new fiscal year, and urging lawmakers to “remain discipline when it comes to spending.” With ongoing inflation and economic …

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Spiraling pension costs still crowding out city services

Spiraling pension costs still crowding out city services by Edward Ring About 20 years ago, I read an ad in a local Sacramento newspaper that said, “Get a government job and become an instant millionaire.” The ad described how public officials in California enjoyed benefits private sector employees can rarely …

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A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

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State Budget Update: Newsom’s Vetoes Foreshadow Tough Budget Year Ahead

Gov. Newsom recently completed the bill signing period, issuing his final signatures and vetoes on the final measures from the 2022 legislative session that remained on his desk.   On the campaign trail in recent weeks, Newsom has been touting the California blue state agenda as the way forward for …

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State Budget Update: California Faces $25 Billion Budget Shortfall

When I last wrote about California’s state budget picture, Gov. Newsom was warning in his September veto messages about the state facing lower-than-expected tax revenues in the first months of the new fiscal year, and urging lawmakers to “remain discipline when it comes to spending.” With ongoing inflation and economic …

Blog

Spiraling pension costs still crowding out city services

Spiraling pension costs still crowding out city services by Edward Ring About 20 years ago, I read an ad in a local Sacramento newspaper that said, “Get a government job and become an instant millionaire.” The ad described how public officials in California enjoyed benefits private sector employees can rarely …

Blog

A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

Blog

State Budget Update: Newsom’s Vetoes Foreshadow Tough Budget Year Ahead

Gov. Newsom recently completed the bill signing period, issuing his final signatures and vetoes on the final measures from the 2022 legislative session that remained on his desk.   On the campaign trail in recent weeks, Newsom has been touting the California blue state agenda as the way forward for …

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