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Republicans Balance Arizona's Budget, but at What Cost?new

Republicans balance the state budget on the backs of the working poor, the universities and the state parks.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jim Nintzel  |  04-11-2011  |  Politics

Will a 'Perfect Storm' Kill Connecticut's Fledgling Public Campaign Finance System?new

A ferocious series of political, judicial, fiscal, legislative and economic pressure fronts are coming together in a way that has state and party officials nervous about whether this program will make it through the 2010 state elections.
New Haven Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-24-2009  |  Politics

Politics are Crippling California's Services to the Disablednew

In addition to being a lifeline for needy disabled Californians, the state Department of Social Services' In-Home Supportive Services program is a cash cow for Democrats. The program's political status has made it a target for Republicans, who characterize it as a bastion of fraud and corruption, and thus ripe for $1.1 billion in cuts.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  10-28-2009  |  Commentary

Lessons from California's Political and Economic Disasternew

The tax revolts that started here under Gov. Ronald Reagan and continued to sweep the country and the world under President Reagan never abated. But now that California is showing signs of being the country's first failed state, it has become a cautionary tale for that anti-government ideology.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond  |  10-21-2009  |  Politics

Pacific Pride Foundation is One of Many California Orgs Reeling from $52M in AIDS Funding Cutsnew

With a stroke of his pen, Governor Schwarzenegger slashed $52 million from critical AIDS services funding through the state's Office of AIDS. That shoves California back to pre-1985 levels of funding, essentially the dark ages of HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Penny Patterson  |  08-10-2009  |  Politics

State Budget Debacle: California Descendingnew

Some experts predict the state budget will quickly become unbalanced again, thanks to a persistently bad economy. But that didn't stop self-congratulations and posturing by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic majority leaders Karen Bass and Darrell Steinberg, and Republican minority leaders Dennis Hollingsworth and Sam Blakeslee, the so-called "big five" who worked out this latest budget.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jill Stewart  |  07-31-2009  |  Politics

California Republicans Don't Really Care if the State Goes Bankruptnew

The Republicans largely carried the day because they had all the power: they could block any budget deal, they refused to raise any taxes, and they don't really care if the state goes bankrupt. In fact, Gov. Schwarzenegger was happy to draw the crisis out as long as necessary -- it helped his poll rating.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Editorial  |  07-29-2009  |  Commentary

The California Budget: Cuts, Theft and Accounting Gimmicksnew

I get the picture. Times are tough; everybody has to sacrifice. In this context, I can accept a serious shave and a haircut, even one with scalp burns. But a self-inflicted lobotomy? I don't think so.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Nick Welsh  |  07-27-2009  |  Commentary

How Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Using the Budget Crisis to Wreck California's Futurenew

Schwarzenegger sees himself as a man with bold, sometimes even liberal ideas who is forced to propose massive budget cuts as a result of a broken government and a deadlocked legislature. The reality the governor is attempting to hide is much different.
Random Lengths News  |  Robert Cruickshank  |  07-18-2009  |  Commentary

California is in the Worst Mess in its History ... Who Will Save the Golden State?new

California's economy looks like it's driving off a cliff. But we've already crashed over the railing and are now free falling towards certain doom.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Jessica Lyons  |  07-16-2009  |  Politics

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