Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro TemBudget Project Leader with California Forward, a bipartisan think tank seeking to overhaul the budget process; Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem
FROM Fred Silva
New Cuts May Have to Be Made to Budget You thought this summer's state budget negotiations were hard? Wait until Republicans and Democrats go back to Sacramento this year, facing a $5 billion to $8 billion deficit in the spending plan they just passed. They'll have to make cuts in this year's budget for schools, cities, police departments and state agencies.
Googie May Be Historic, but Not a Chula Vista Bob’s Big Boy Bob’s Big Boy on the Wilshire Corridor west of Highland is about to make way for a new BMW dealership. Blogger Marissa Gluck says the eviction will happen on the 31st of this month.
California's Budget Morass California has one of the world’s top ten economies, but the state’s budget system is being called “the most dysfunctional in the country.” Forty-six states began their fiscal years on the first of this month, but California is one of just four that don’t have spending plans. If there isn’t one before August 1st, borrowing to keep going will get very expensive, and the deficit is already 15 billion dollars.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.