State Senate Passes $200 Billion Budget Plan; Assembly Set to Approve in Friday VoteThe California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries.
Pensions Emerge As Key Issue In State Budget TalksA partisan split over how to change California's massively underfunded pension systems is playing an increasingly prominent role in the debate over Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to fix the state's woeful budget.
Amazon Threatens To Dump California Business Over Internet TaxA threat from Amazon.com to cancel contracts with thousands of California companies in order to avoid collecting sales tax has drawn a sharp rebuke from California officials.
Budget Woes To Highlight Gov. Brown's State Of The State AddressCutbacks and compromises will be the prevailing themes as Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his first State of the State address in 29 years Monday night.
California City Leaders Skeptical Of Brown's Budget PlanGov. Jerry Brown tried Wednesday to sell his budget proposal to skeptical local government officials, many of whom are concerned about his plan to eliminate the redevelopment agencies they rely on for building projects.
Gov. Brown Budget Proposes Big Changes For FirefightersCities and counties would shoulder much more of the responsibility for fighting wild land fires in the budget unveiled this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.
California Subsidies For Low-Income Childcare RestoredThe state has the money to keep offering subsidies to help low-income families pay for childcare, Assembly Speaker John Perez said Friday.
California Lawmakers Get First Look at Budget ProposalCut spending and raise taxes, and do it all on a very short timeline. That's what state lawmakers were told Thursday that they must do to bring California's financial house back into order on the first day of budget hearings at the state capitol.
Phil Matier: Real Pressure In Brown’s Budget Falls On DemocratsThe tax extensions in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal last only five years, and closing the $25 billion deficit will require difficult cuts.
Analyst Says Brown's Budget Would Help Rebuild CaliforniaThe Legislature's nonpartisan analyst on Wednesday called Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal a "good starting point" for rebuilding state government but cautioned that it carries a lot of risk.
Brown Takes Away Cell Phones From Many State WorkersGov. Jerry Brown is hanging up his state-issued cell phone, and he's ordered half the state bureaucrats who have government-paid cell phones to do the same.
Brown To Cut Education Post, First Lady's OfficeGov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he is eliminating the Secretary of Education position and slashing the governor's office by 25 percent as he tries to make good on a campaign promise to cut government spending.
California Supreme Court Denies State Office Property SaleThe California Supreme Court has denied Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's request to let him complete the sale of state office properties before he leaves office next week.
San Francisco Judge Refuses To Stop Sale Of California State BuildingsA San Francisco judge has issued a preliminary ruling that would allow the sale of 11 state properties to go through.
Schwarzenegger Proposes $9.9B In Cuts, Fund ShiftsGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was poised to call lawmakers into an emergency budget session, calling spending cuts "simply unavoidable."