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14:12 // 10 months ago
August 27, 2013

California needs to cut its inmate count, so it wants to move them to other prisons

  • $315M the amount California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing the state spend on a program that would move prisoners to private jails or county jails—a response to a court order which requires the state de-crowd its prisons. Rather than releasing the prisoners—as has been done in the past—Brown is suggesting moving them to other spaces, a costly proposition which is far from certain to pass. source
19:21 // 11 months ago
September 30, 2012
Governor Brown today reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations have made clear: Efforts to change minors’ sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have inflicted untold harm on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians.
Equality California board president Clarissa Filgioun • In a press release regarding a bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that blocks “gay cure therapy” for children under the age of 18 — making California the first state in the nation to do so. Big news.
12:19 // 1 year ago
September 28, 2012
10:13 // 1 year ago
May 12, 2012

California’s budget deficit is a lot worse than expected

  • $16 billion budget shortfall for California this year source

» The Not So Golden State: Back in January of this year, California state officials were anticipating a $9.2 billion budget shortfall for 2012 — an enormous deficit, though considerably  less than the $26 billion that faced Governor Jerry Brown when he took over in 2010. Brown announced,while revealing the startling new figure, that he’ll be placing an initiative on the November ballot to raise the sales tax by .25%, and add an income tax surcharge for wealthy Californians. If the initiative fails, expect deeper than anticipated spending cuts to follow.

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20:10 // 2 years ago
June 30, 2011

California Governor: No more tax-free Amazon shopping

  • YES Californians must pay sales tax at Amazon.com source

» Starting Friday, California residents (including the author of this post!) will have to pay sales tax on items purchased on Amazon, Overstock, and Internet retail giants located out-of-state. The new rule comes in the form of budget legislation signed into law Wednesday by Governor Moonbeam Jerry Brown. The gov’nah called it a “common-sense idea;” Amazon.com called it “unconstitutional.” The measure could pull in $317 million, but that doesn’t make me feel any less grumpy about having to pay an extra two dollars for my Puddle of Mudd album.

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0:35 // 3 years ago
May 16, 2011

California’s financial situation gets slightly less awful

  • $6.6 billion in unexpected money for California source

» Where’d it come from? Rising wages. The average Californian worker will see a $4,000 uptick in pay over the next two years, resulting in more tax revenue for the fledgling state than was originally projected. If Governor Jerry Brown gets his way, this unexpected surprise will net schools an additional $3 billion in funding and take a significant bite into the state’s $15 billion deficit.

23:50 // 3 years ago
February 16, 2011

Why Jerry Brown’s California state hiring freeze likely means nothing

  • Davis The recalled governor pushed a hiring freeze on the state in 2001, but made some exceptions for certain departments. Those departments hired 6,500 more people in just six months. Oops.
  • Ah-nold During his time in office, he also enforced a hiring freeze, but allowed exceptions for state workers approved by the governor’s office – around 10,000 of them in his final year of office.
  • Brown Now, Jerry Brown plans to do the same thing – with the same loophole as Schwarzenegger. Stop us if you think you’ve heard this one before. Actually, we’ll just stop ourselves. source

» One thing Brown won’t be doing, though: The California governor quietly killed a lawsuit put in by Schwarzenegger that would have cut state worker pay to minimum wage during unresolved budget crises. Brown’s office, however, didn’t make a big deal about this. It’s also worth noting that the hiring freeze contains no specifics in terms of how much it’ll actually save.

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10:33 // 3 years ago
January 27, 2011

Jerry Brown’s tax pitch to Californians may pay off

  • 54% of California likely voters are okay with raising taxes source

» New polling from the California Public Policy Institute:A surprising and heartening result, in light of Governor Brown’s rhetoric about tough choices and shared sacrifice. Staring down a state in dire fiscal crisis, Brown has proposed broad, painful spending cuts, as well as a special election to seek voter approval on a package of new taxes and fees. Say what you will about the strategy, but Brown’s candor and honesty about his cuts have been impressive, and it seems voters may reward him with that rarest of the rare: a voter approved tax increase.

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13:21 // 3 years ago
January 20, 2011
I want [Jerry Brown] to be successful. California needs him to be successful. Let’s give the guy a chance to turn around and let’s see what he can do.
Meg Whitman • In a speech this week at the University Club. Some have taken this speech, along with another she’s set to give at the end of the month, as a sign that Whitman is planning a political comeback. We think that’s a tad premature. This is simply an ex-candidate wishing good luck to the guy who beat her. In our current political climate, that’s is a nice change of pace. source (viafollow)
22:31 // 3 years ago