Archive for August 30th, 2012

InlandPolitics: This and That!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s news of interest flowing across the transom this morning.

New unemployment claims remain elevated

First-time claims for unemployment benefits remained at elevated levels last week.

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By Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/29/2012 07:39:41 PM PDT

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Special section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO — More than 100 positions would be eliminated from City Hall in a budget plan presented for the first time Wednesday, a number that City Council members and department heads said was alarming but that still leaves a deficit of more than $7million.

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The PE: PENSIONS: State overhaul extends to local workers

Published: 29 August 2012 – 08:41 PM
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SACRAMENTO – There are thousands of local government agencies around the state, employing hundreds of thousands of workers covered by a variety of retirement plans.

By Friday, the Legislature will consider imposing its plan to overhaul public-employee pensions on them.

To read entire story by Jim Miller in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: GOP CONVENTION: Many roles for Bono Mack in Tampa

Published: 29 August 2012 – 06:27 PM

TAMPA, Fla. – Rushing between TV and radio interviews, speaking engagements, campaign events and parties, Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack has become many things to many people at this year’s Republican National Convention.

To read story by Ben Goad in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
August 29, 2012

California state and local governments stand to save between $40 billion and $60 billion over 30 years, according to a hasty fiscal analysis of a pension reform measure set for a vote later this week, according to CalPERS.

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By Ed Mendel
Thursday, August 31, 2012

A pension reform plan worked out by Gov. Brown and Democratic legislators could save state and local government employers $40 billion to $60 billion over the next 30 years.

The preliminary CalPERS estimate, which will be refined before the Legislature votes on the plan Friday, expects most savings to come from two cost-cutting strategies used in labor negotiations: lower benefits for new hires and higher employee contributions.

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George Skelton
By George Skelton
Capitol Journal
August 29, 2012, 7:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — What Gov. Jerry Brown said recently about his proposed tax hike was complete balderdash. And I’m betting he was the first to know it.

He is not ordinarily delusional, after all.

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On politics in the Golden State
August 29, 2012 | 4:55 pm

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing up to 450,000 illegal immigrants in California to get state driver’s licenses once they are awarded work permits under a new federal program providing a reprieve from deportation.

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