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Democrats Approve California Budget Bills As Deadline Nears

Democrats who control California’s Legislature began passing a series of budget bills Wednesday without Republican votes.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/15/2011

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democrats Preparing Alternate California Budget Plan As Deadline Looms

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday were preparing two budgets — one with an extension of expiring tax increases and one without — as a Wednesday legislative deadline loomed.

CBS San Francisco–06/14/2011

Critics Say Richmond Tax Measure Circumvents State Law

Richmond could have the highest sales tax in the East Bay if voters approve a measure in a special election on June 7. Critics say they are not objecting to the tax as much as the legality of how it’s being handled.


California Governor Jerry Brown

Poll: Californians Want Budget Say, But Disapprove Brown Plan

A new survey shows a strong majority of California voters want a say on the state budget but disagree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal.

CBS San Francisco–06/01/2011

Gov. Jerry Brown

Brown’s Pledge To Voters Complicates Budget Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign promise that he would not raise taxes without a vote of the people helped him beat a billionaire Republican rival who was bent on portraying him as just another tax-and-spend Democrat.

CBS San Francisco–05/20/2011

California Governor Jerry Brown

California Revenue Up, But Brown Still Pushes Tax Hikes

Gov. Jerry Brown has released a revised state budget that calls for a 5 percent increase in spending over the plan he released in January but said a renewal of expiring tax increases is still needed.


California State Capitol

Assembly GOP Proposes California Budget With No Tax Increases

Assembly Republicans released a proposal that seeks to bridge the state’s $15.4 billion deficit in part by making deeper cuts to the poor and asking state workers to take another pay cut equal to 15 percent of their salaries.


Tom Torlakson

California Schools Chief, Teachers Press Taxes With Lawmakers

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson joined dozens of teachers, nurses and firefighters at a state Capitol rally Wednesday.

CBS San Francisco–05/11/2011


Parents Join California Teachers In Budget Protests

Parent groups joined California teachers Tuesday on the front lines of a weeklong series of rallies against the possibility of deep budget cuts to education.

CBS San Francisco–05/10/2011

Jennifer Raeder, a second grade teacher at Sunnyside Elementary school in San Francisco, who has already received a pink slip, joined more than 200 other teachers and supporters in a demonstration against proposed budget cuts to education in Sacramento on May 9, 2011. (AP)

Teachers In Bay Area, State Begin Week Of Budget Protests

Teachers marched in downtown San Francisco Monday and rallied at the state Capitol to launch a week of protests over the threat of deep budget cuts to public education.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/09/2011