Archive for June 12th, 2012

InlandPolitics: Another smoke and mirrors budget on tap

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 – 10:15 p.m.

Well, another year, another sham budget for California.

That’s what it’s shaping up to be.

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 11 June 2012 12:04 PM

For the first time in several years, Riverside County supervisors approved a budget that doesn’t need savings to stay balanced.

The vote on the preliminary budget for fiscal 2012-13 came after a public hearing Monday, June 11, in which Sheriff Stan Sniff asked supervisors to let him recruit and hire more deputies for unincorporated areas, where budget cuts have taken a bite out of coverage.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/11/2012 06:33:34 PM PDT

A majority of San Bernardino County residents – 55 percent – still have at least some confidence in elected officials, but only a very small minority have a “great deal” of confidence in the area’s leadership, according to a new Cal State San Bernardino survey.

Only 8 percent of county residents, however, say they have a “great deal” of confidence in elected leaders, according to the 2012 edition of the Inland Empire Annual Survey.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/11/2012 08:35:54 AM PDT

Debris fills the prison yard after a riot at California Institution for Men, in Chino, on Aug. 11, 2009. (File Photo)
View: Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown about CIM security

Mayors of Chino and Chino Hills have expressed alarm over recent security cutbacks at California Institution for Men in Chino.

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Legislators, at risk of having their pay docked if they fail to pass a budget this week, say they’ll begin moving a spending plan on Tuesday, no matter if they agree what should be in it.

 

By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2012, 11:05 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers, at risk of having their pay docked if they fail to pass a budget this week, say they will begin moving a spending plan through the Legislature on Tuesday regardless of whether they reach a deal on what should be in it.

Although Democratic legislators have consented to most of the spending plan released by Gov. Jerry Brown in May, a proposal released by the Assembly on Monday reflects opposition to some of the cuts in welfare, healthcare and college financial aid.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown tax plan looks very shaky

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The state budget that the Legislature will enact this week will assume that half of its deficit will be covered by voter approval of new income and sales taxes next November.

However, it’s looking steadily less like a reasonable assumption and increasingly like just another in a long string of budget gimmicks, not unlike last year’s bogus assumption that the tax system would generate an extra $4 billion.

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By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2012, 9:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The typical American family lost nearly 40% of its wealth from 2007 to 2010 as the Great Recession reduced household net worth to a level not seen since the early 1990s.

The net worth of the median U.S. family — one with an equal number of families richer and poorer — fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 three years earlier, after adjusting for inflation, the Federal Reserve said in a new report Monday.

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By David Nakamura
Published: June 11, 2012

President Obama suggested Monday that he was too busy to campaign in Wisconsin ahead of the recall election that targeted Republican Gov. Scott Walker, whose victory last week has raised questions about whether there are broader implications for the president in the fall.

In his first public comments about the election, Obama responded to a question about his decision not to appear in the state to support the Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by explaining that he has “a lot of responsibilities” as president.

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Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders, Chronicle Columnist
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“The private sector is doing fine,” President Obama declared Friday at a news conference that was supposed to show that the administration knows how to make the economy stronger.

It was a bad way to end a tough week. Wisconsin voters had rejected a recall of their Republican governor, and Bill Clinton praised Mitt Romney’s business record as “sterling” and called for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts. Then Obama made himself sound like GOP Sen. John McCain, who in September 2008 stink-bombed his election prospects by saying, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

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