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Gov. Brown proposes slashing spending, continuing tax hikes

Original post made on Jan 11, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he is proposing to close the state's $25.4 billion budget gap by cutting spending by $12.5 billion and extending temporary tax increases that were enacted under the Schwarzenegger's administration.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 10, 2011, 12:19 PM

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

So all you union people thought Moonbeam would protect you, huh?

And by the way, when the tax extension fails in June, the teacher's union will also get clobbered. The reason for this is that the parent's union is tired of getting the worst effort for the highest cost. The first thing out the door will be tenure and in its place will be an achievement-based reward system.

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

".....$308 million for a reduction in take-home pay for state employees not currently covered under collective bargaining agreements."

Rick, it looks like union members ARE given special treatment and exempted from these much needed cost reductions.

These cost-cuts are only targeting the non-union employees. (How nice is that? Nice for the Unions!)
What percentage of state employees are non-union anyway? How many of the state employees is this cost-reduction even touching.

Furthermore, the smallest of the cost-cuts goes against the sector of state employees.

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

So a "$1.7 billion (cut) to Medi-Cal". Wonder what the details of that will be?

Less healthcare for the poorest of CA citizens. Only a Democrat could get away with proposing that (anyone else would be crucified!).

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

And wonder how the MediCal cuts will sync up with the ObamaCare package of mandates? Will ObamaCare override the cuts and necessitate the services anyway? Who will end up paying? What healthcare companies will get bankrupted by this political maneuvering?

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Brown is doing what needs to be done (thank God for that!).
Maybe his Democrat base will let him get away with it (without stalemating his ever reasonable attempt--as they have done for these last years to all Republican efforts to cut CA costs), but they can't be "happy" with him right now. (Because, to pay the budget deficit, wouldn't many liberals much rather to just raise individual taxes on the rich, corporate taxes, death taxes, cap gain taxes, and taxes/fees on non-green (oil/gun) companies--and let their government domain keep growing in size and scope?)

Brown knows the truth: if he can't cut CA costs, then the CA economy will crash! (Let the Dems take credit for using "conservative" concepts. Just get the job done.)

Go, Brown, go!
Somebody has to whip these powermonging dummies into shape!
If they won't let their golden poster-boy do it, then who will ever get it done.
Go, Brown, go! Please!

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Expect the CTA (teachers union) to do much of the heavy lifting and/or dirty work in the ad campaign for the extension of the tax increases. Presumably that's part of the deal for being "spared".

I've heard/read that the proposed spending cuts add up to around $12.5B. But the only itemized list I've seen adds up to a bit more than $5B. So I wonder where the other $7B+ of cuts comes from?

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Uh, psmac?

Collective Bargaining Agreements aren't covered because they're contracts for a period-certain, and haven't expired. That's not "special treatment."

In order to void those Agreements, the State would have to be relieved of its legal obligations (e.g., declare bankruptcy) or the Unions would have to voluntarily reopen the contract and take a cut.

Their time will come. Cripes, Brown's been in office a week -- and The Problems he inherited from your guy's seven-year run haven't all been solved yet? And let's see -- who's refusing to cooperate, again?

I will hand it to Ah-nold, though -- he did his best to reduce the prison population on his way out the door.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Dear Cardinal,

Your lib legislators have had control of the California legislature forever, so don't give us that jazz about Ah-nold being the problem. We know better.

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