What happens when you add up all the cash on hand of the California statewide candidates and compared them among parties? If you’re a Republican, you may want to look the other way. Using cash on hand data reported on July 31 to the California Secretary of State, Democrats hold onto $33.2 million compared to the Republicans $420,000. Not a typo.
LOTS OF DATA, LOTS OF CHARTS! This morning the California Employment Development Department released it latest labor market information data. The data shows improvement in the Golden State’s labor market with the seasonally adjusted unemployment dropping to 7.6 percent, a level last seen in August 2008. The data also contained small improvements in the labor force as 4,600 Californians entered the labor force. Total state employment rose 39,800 to 17.2 million and unemployment fell by 35,200 to a total of 1.42 million.
The retirement announcement by Associate Justice Marvin Baxter adds one more State Supreme Court vacancy for Governor Jerry Brown to fill. Justice Kennard announced her plans to retire last year. Brown will not only make history as the longest serving California governor, he will also lead all other Golden State governors in high court appointments surpassing Pat Brown and George Deukmejian.
As the Legislature prepares to pass Governor Brown’s last budget of this term it’s worth noting how it compares to his previous three spending plans. Using the numbers from Department of Finance, I was able to craft a quick chart showing all four years of spending (4th being tentative) by major program areas. This is a really simple illustration that doesn’t give the obsessive budget wonks much information about the individual state programs where the real policy takes place. So just consider this either a primer, refresher, or just something to look at.
By far the most important thing happening in California water policy. Stakes are high in state, federal water contract negotiations – Gov. Jerry Brown – The Sacramento Bee. Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive water diversion tunnels in