Speaker Atkins selects new “Floor Team”

Speaker Atkins selects new “Floor Team”

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced her new “Floor Team” today. These Assembly offices run the day-to-day business of the floor and are crucial to ensuring the house is run efficiently. For better context, the Assembly votes and passes onĀ thousandsĀ of

Governor Brown 2.0: Four Budgets, One Chart

Governor Brown 2.0: Four Budgets, One Chart

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.

California Minimum Wage: Then and Now

California Minimum Wage: Then and Now

As the California Legislature debates raising the minimum wage, I thought it was worth plotting the history of the state’s minimum wage (as adopted in law) against the federal minimum wage to give the policy discussion some context on how the Golden State compares. I also added SB 935 by Senator Mark Leno which is the focus of this year’s debate.