Gov. Brown Optimistic On California Rebound In State Of State AddressCheering a California rebound, Gov. Jerry Brown says voter-approved tax increases have put the state on sound financial footing but warns lawmakers that they must be tight-fisted with the government purse strings.
California's Colleges See More Money In Brown's BudgetAfter years of difficult budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering more money to California's public colleges and universities. In return, he wants them to hold down costs, expand online learning and stop raising tuition, which has increased sharply in recent years.
Gov. Brown Proposes Rosier Budget, More Spending Riding a wave of new tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a state spending plan that eliminates the massive deficits of recent years and provides nearly $5 billion more in spending over the previous year.
Audit Confirms California Parks Underreported Funding For 19 Years A new audit confirms that staff at the California Department of Parks and Recreation intentionally under-reported the amount of money in its accounts for at least 19 years.
Contra Costa Co. Supervisors Approve Closing 4 Fire StationsThe Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a plan to shutter four fire stations a month after voters rejected a parcel tax measure meant to prevent the closures.
Governor Brown Offers Preview For Next State BudgetAt a UC Regents meeting, Governor Brown said more cuts can be expected despite voters approving his tax measure, Proposition 30, in November.
Pelosi Says 'No Time To Waste' On National DebtDemocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said there is “No time to waste” in reaching an agreement to reduce national debt.
Money From California Carbon Auction Less Than ExpectedThe sale of California’s first pollution permits will generate less money than expected for the state budget.
California Budget Deficit Shrinks; May See Surplus By 2014The nonpartisan legislative analyst says California is facing a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses over the next few years.
Voters Approve Gov. Brown's Prop. 30 Tax InitiativeCCalifornia voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to fund education and help balance the state budget.
California Voters Approve Prop. 39, Closing Tax LoopholeCalifornia voters were leaning toward approving an initiative that would undo a tax break for out-of-state corporations and send more money to state coffers. Proposition 39 was ahead in early returns Tuesday after polls closed.
Group Opposing Proposition 30 Appeals Order For Campaign RecordsAttorneys for an Arizona nonprofit that gave $11 million to a California political action committee say they have appealed a court order compelling the group to turn over its financial records.
Support For Governor’s Tax Proposal Drops Below 50 Percent In Field PollWith less than a week to go before the general election, a new Field Poll shows support for a tax hike proposal backed by Gov. Jerry Brown dropping below 50 percent.
Proposition 34 Supporters Say Death Penalty Too Costly In Cash-Strapped StateDeath penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can't afford it.
Judge Allows Audit Of Group Opposing Gov. Brown’s Tax MeasureA Sacramento judge has issued a tentative ruling allowing California’s political watchdog to investigate the donors behind an $11 million contribution to a California ballot measure committee.