Archive for the ‘California Budget’ Category

(Originally posted at The Press-Enterprise)


Another California budget cycle has come and gone. As with each of the budgets from the past decade or so, questions abound. Is it really balanced? Are the revenue estimates real? Will there need to be revisions in the months ahead?

The short answers to those questions are that it is not really balanced because it relies on unlikely revenues and, yes, we will be revisiting the budget this fall. More important, this budget contains no meaningful reforms. Beyond that, this governor has no plan to bring jobs to this state. As a result, not only will we be in a bad place this fall — next year promises more of the same.


From California State Senate Republican Caucus:

Executive Summary

In July 2011, the Governor and legislative Democrats asserted that their “honest and balanced” majority-vote budget closed a $26.6 billion budget gap, and reduced the structural budget gap for fiscal year 2012-13 to $3.1 billion. Now, they claim to have closed a $15.7 billion budget gap (far larger than the previously noted $3.1 billion), and enacted a budget that would be “balanced on an ongoing basis for the first time in a decade.” In reality, the 2012-13 state budget is about 90 percent gimmicks (e.g., borrowing, fund shifts, and payment deferrals) and 10 percent real programmatic spending reductions. Unfortunately, it is no different than the other gimmick filled budgets of the past decade and it is almost certain that another budget deficit will emerge within six months – likely sooner. (more…)

From the California State Senate Republican Cause:

Some very troubling details are starting to emerge from one of the 11th-hour “trailer” bills passed by the Democrat-dominated California legislature, and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. (more…)

From the California State Senate Republican Caucus:

With the Cowboy Libertarian on KFBK

Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) discussed how with the appropriation of over $8 billion in largely borrowed money, California will construct a non-high speed track in the middle of the Central Valley that can’t even be used for decades. (more…)

By Mark Meuser, candidate for California State Senate, district 7.

June 28, 2012, was the last day for the California legislature to pass a constitutional amendment to appear on November’s ballot to address pension reforms. Pension reforms are a critical issue to the sustainability of our way of life and yet the California voters will not be able to address this important issue in November. Here’s what happened.

Last October, Governor Jerry Brown came out with his 12 point Pension Reform plan. Senator Bob Huff, Dist. 29, introduced SCA 18, which copied the governor’s 12-point plan and introduced it to the legislature. SCA 18 never made it out of committee. The Democrat-controlled legislature would not allow the voters to consider pension reform.


An email from Becky Kolberg, Chairman, Contra Costa Republican Party to supporters:

Dear Contra Costa Republicans,

The Founders of this great nation must be turning in their graves at the blow to our freedom that rested in the hands of just one individual. By upholding President Obama’s healthcare legislation, the Supreme Court has given the green light to a Federal Government takeover of our entire healthcare system. The future of liberty hangs by a thread, making November’s election more critical than ever. (more…)

From the California State Assembly Republican Caucus:

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, of Diamond Bar, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, today sent the following letter to the Governor opposing legislative Democrats’ plans to shift 880,000 children from the successful, cost-effective Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal: (more…)