California Budget Crisis

Lawmakers Nearly Fight, Wagner, Furutani

Lawmakers Nearly Come To Blows During Budget Debate

A joke that compared a proposed budget measure to a fictional mafia family nearly brought lawmakers to blows on the California Assembly floor Wednesday afternoon.

CBS13/CW31 Television–06/15/2011

The California Capitol in Sacramento

California Budget Bills Passed Without GOP Votes

Democrats who control California’s Legislature passed a series of budget bills Wednesday with few Republican votes, but the plan was widely seen as merely a stopgap to meet the constitutional budget deadline.


California Governor Jerry Brown (C) is applauded by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

GOP Mounts Offensive Against Local Tax Bill

Now that Republican lawmakers have voted against a renewal of expiring tax hikes, Democrats are turning to another, more complex way to generate revenue.

CBS13/CW31 Television–06/12/2011

The California Capitol in Sacramento

Senate Struggles To Find Compromise In Budget Battle

Just days ahead of their deadline to pass a balanced budget, state lawmakers struggled on Saturday to compromise on the most contentious issue to close California’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit — whether to renew expiring tax increases.


calpers logo

California Cuts $170M From Pension Fund Payment

California’s largest public employee pension fund on Wednesday cut $170 million from the amount the state must pay in the next year toward retirement benefits, mostly because new union contracts shift some of the costs to state workers.


School, Classroom, Generic

Calif. Debates Taxing Wealthy To Save Schools

Taxing the rich more to benefit others isn’t a new idea, but it has emerged in recent weeks as a potential solution as California tries to salvage its public education system from deep budget cuts.

CBS13/CW31 Television–05/14/2011

A protester is dragged away by authorities during a sit-in occupation of the Capitol Rotunda after the building closed on May 9, 2011.

Dozens Arrested At Capitol Protests

Hundreds of teachers from around California descended on the state Capitol Monday to make the case for extending tax hikes as a way to stave off deep budget cuts to public education.

CBS13/CW31 Television–05/09/2011

The California Capitol in Sacramento

Police Groups Support Calif. Tax Extensions

California’s major law enforcement organizations and the sheriff of its most populous county rallied Wednesday behind Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for extending tax increases to pay for a new law that shifts responsibility for thousands of criminals from the state to local governments.

CBS13/CW31 Television–04/13/2011

The California Capitol in Sacramento

Gov. Brown Seeks Victims’ Help In Passing Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown asked groups representing crime victims and state prison guards on Monday to help him lobby Republican lawmakers on his proposal to close a budget deficit that once stood at nearly $27 billion.

CBS13/CW31 Television–04/11/2011

California Governor Jerry Brown looks on before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Calif. Inmate Law Hinges On Elusive Funds

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will shift responsibility for thousands of criminals to local governments, acting over the objections of some law enforcement officials who say there is no money for them to comply.

CBS13/CW31 Television–04/04/2011

California Governor Jerry Brown checks his watch after speaking to reporters about his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bickering Continues After Collapse of Budget Talks

As the blame game continues in the Capitol, the failure of the budget negotiations highlights a political dynamic that has been at the center of the dysfunction in the state Legislature — a minority party embittered by years of losses and a majority party, the Democrats, that resents having to get Republican approval to pass the kinds of budgets it wants.


School, Classroom, Generic

Even Top Students Being Waitlisted At UC Schools

Many high school seniors are still waiting to find out if they have been accepted into their favorite college campuses thanks to severe budget cuts that have forced public universities to increase the size of their waitlists.

CBS13/CW31 Television–03/30/2011