California Nabs 2/3 Majority as Voter Universe Changes

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 8:24 am

Just to pick up on what happened in my neck of the woods out here in California. It turned out to be a great night.

The tax revolt is dead, or at least not a binding religious totem, the way it was described here for the last 35 years. Prop 30, which temporarily raises income taxes on wealthy earners and 1/4 cent sales taxes on everyone, passed with 54% of the vote. Schools will not be shut down an additional 20 days. Public safety budgets will swell. Most polls had this topping out at 48% support leading up to the vote, so it defied expectations. In addition, Prop 39, which repeals a corporate tax break worth $1 billion, passed easily. Three strikes was reformed with Prop 36, which will save money.


California Is $7 Billion More in the Budget Hole Than Expected

By: Monday May 14, 2012 9:05 am

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that the budget deficit for the next fiscal year has nearly doubled, from $9.2 billion to $16 billion. This almost assuredly means a commensurate increase in cuts to the state budget.

California: Brown Calls Off Budget Talks; Possible Initiative on Taxes in November

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 1:15 pm

Governor Jerry Brown, who returned to Sacramento saying he would be “an apostle for common sense” able to get lawmakers to work together to meet the challenge, finally admitted that he actually couldn’t this week. Brown wanted to solve the $26.6 billion budget gap with a mix of cuts and an extension of revenues set to expire in June. The cuts have already been enacted; but it still takes a 2/3 vote of the legislature to pass revenues, and even to get them on the ballot for a proposed June statewide special election. Republicans, who have no other leverage over the government in the state after being wiped out completely over the past decade, dithered and moved goalposts and eventually came with a 53-point plan (53!) with new demands for changes to the state regulatory structure and public pensions, the institution of a hard spending cap, and more. It took Brown a long while, but finally he had enough. In his letter to Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, Brown lamented the new list of demands and the unwillingness to compromise. So he called off the talks, which were going nowhere.

CDP Convention 2010 – The Brave Face Before an Onslaught

By: Saturday April 17, 2010 10:20 am

I’m here in the press area at the California Democratic Party convention at the LA Convention Center downtown. Speakers today include Nancy Pelosi, as well as the top of the California ticket in November: Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown.

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