California Budget Headed To Governor Has Good And Bad News For UninsuredThe $215 billion dollar budget passed by the Assembly and Senate Thursday expands access to health insurance, but will also penalize those who do not get health insurance.
Newsom, Legislators Talk Nice as Bargaining Over $213 Bn Budget BeginsGoodwill between California's new governor and the legislature is about to be put to the test as lawmakers enter the final weeks of budget negotiations.
Brown Adds To Rainy Day Fund With $113 Billion State Spending Plan Released FridayGov. Jerry Brown plans to unveil a record $113 billion state spending plan that boosts schools and pays debt, but will reject additional funding for the University of California.
Wary Of Cost, Gov. Brown Commits State To Health ReformGov. Jerry Brown says he is firmly committed to making national health care reform work in California, but he also is wary of the potential costs.
Critics Denounce California's Plan To Eliminate Healthy Families ProgramThe revised budget agreement between legislative Democrats and Governor Brown calls for the phasing out of California's successful Healthy Families program, which provides state-sponsored, low-cost insurance for children, teens and pregnant mothers.
Melissa Griffin: Much To Overcome For Brown, Legislature In Budget BattleOptimistic projections, entrenched differences and a transparency problem are what face Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature as they try to come to an agreement on a $92 billion dollar budget.
California Budget Challenge Online Tool Lets Users See Impact Of Spending ChoicesNext 10, a nonpartisan policy organization based in San Francisco, has released the 2012 version of their California Budget Challenge, an online tool that lets users understand the serious choices facing the state and determine where they stand on a series of spending and revenue policy options.
Governor Brown Struggles With Fiscal CrisisAs Governor Jerry Brown enters his second year in office, California's fiscal crisis remains high on his agenda.
Budget Analyst Projects $13B California Budget ShortfallThe Legislative Analyst's Office on Wednesday released a gloomy state fiscal outlook. It says tax revenue will fall short of the state's projections, which could trigger midyear cuts to public schools, colleges and health care programs.
Frustrated Gov. Brown Turns Back to California Labor BaseSeemingly fed up with Republican opposition to his budget ideas, Gov. Jerry Brown was poised to mobilize union members to help elect more Democrats to the state Legislature.
California Oversight Committee Finds Tax Breaks Are Costing BillionsThe Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes looked at 10 tax breaks enacted by the State Legislature and found they’ve been costing the state $6.3 billion over the past decade.
San Francisco Fears State Is Underfunding Prisoner TransferA state prison overcrowding fix that places post-sentenced prisoners into local hands has San Francisco officials fearing they'll get hundreds of troubled parolees, and not enough money to supervise them.
Audit Finds California Corrections Dept. Overpaid Some WorkersA new audit has found that California’s corrections department overpaid some employees for salaries and travel advances.
Amazon Gets Approval For Internet Sales Tax ReferendumAmazon.com Inc. said the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that forces online retailers to collect sales taxes in the state.
San Francisco To Shutter Courtrooms, Lay Off StaffSan Francisco Superior Court will be closing 25 courtrooms and laying of 40 percent of its staff come October 1 due to budget cuts.