Reaction to Governor’s 2008-2009 Budget

Posted on January 15th, 2008 — in Media Roundup :: Politics :: State Budget :: State of the State

A roundup of some of the reaction from media outlets and policy groups to the governor’s 2008-2009 budget:

Legislative Analyst’s Office:

The Governor has put forward an aggressive agenda for the special session and the 2008–09 budget. The Legislature should focus first on those areas where time is of the essence — where early decisions will allow state programs to achieve desired savings in the current year. The special session should also be used to lay the groundwork for achieving budget–year savings — for instance, by developing any program restructurings and taking any necessary actions on the current–year Proposition 98 minimum guarantee. In contrast to the Governor’s approach of across–the–board reductions, in our view the Legislature should (1) eliminate or further reduce low–priority programs in order to minimize the impact on higher priority programs and (2) examine additional revenue options as part of a more balanced approach. Making tough choices now will allow the state to move closer to bringing its long–term spending and revenues into alignment.

California Budget Project:

The magnitude of the proposed reductions and the policy changes necessary to achieve them are significant, even as compared to the sizeable shortfalls of the early years of this decade and the early 1990s.”


State Budget Postmortems

Posted on August 23rd, 2007 — in Media Roundup :: Politics :: State Budget

With a deal finally reached on the state budget after over 7 weeks of delay, a number of the postmortems from the deadlock focus on the apparent reality that the GOP senators who balked at passing the budget — allegedly because it wasn’t balanced, it spent too much money, and it allowed the Attorney General to run rampant with vexatious environmental litigation — actually ended up settling for a budget that looked a heck of a lot like the one that they could have passed 7 weeks ago. In the final analysis, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, none of the other GOP holdouts objected when Dick Ackerman informed them that he was electing to vote for the budget:

During a private meeting Tuesday morning, Senate Republicans told Ackerman that he was free to provide the final vote for the budget, even though they still intended to vote against it on philosophical grounds.