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.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."