California Budget Crisis
Democratic lawmakers and business leaders announced Thursday a package of bills designed to make California’s regulatory environment friendlier to businesses.
An appeals court has ruled in favor of a decision by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to furlough about 15,000 employees of elected statewide officers during the height of California’s budget crisis.
Five months after Gov. Jerry Brown released a 12-point plan to reform public pensions, there has been a lot of talk but little action on the issue at the Capitol.
The Assembly this month released budget figures that should have shined a light on lawmakers’ spending, after a formal request for them from a legislator who is embroiled in a feud with the Democratic leadership over his office budget.
Republican lawmakers are claiming victory after the state budget passed last week without a single GOP vote because the plan did not include the Democrats’ top solution — a renewal of the higher income, sales and vehicle taxes approved two years ago.
California college students are bracing for higher tuition bills and fewer courses and campus services under a new state budget that once again slashes spending on higher education.
Every Californian with a vehicle will pay $12 more a year to register it, and millions of property owners who live outside cities will pay $150 annually for state fire protection under two new fees imposed by lawmakers as part of the budget passed late Tuesday. However, the moves could face legal challenges from opponents who argue the fees are taxes in disguise.
Lawmakers face significant new pressures, as well as opportunities, as they seek to close California’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit and get a budget in place by July 1, the start of the next fiscal year. Proposition 25, approved last fall, forces lawmakers to go without pay for each day they fail to pass a balanced budget.
Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature worked Friday along two different tracks with the hope that one will lead to a budget deal before the start of California’s new fiscal year next week.
The man who cuts the state’s paychecks decided to enforce a law this week that all 120 members of the Legislature will not be paid their salaries until they balance the state’s annual spending plan by closing its $9.6 billion budget deficit.
California lawmakers have passed a bill to force out-of-state Internet retailers such as Amazon.com to collect taxes under two different legal theories, both of which have been criticized by online sellers.
Gov. Jerry Brown has been pushing since January to abolish California’s redevelopment agencies, and last week’s flurry of budget activity pushed them one step closer to the brink.
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