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December 29, 2011 - The California Supreme Court ruled that the bill to eliminate Redevelopment is constitutional. See full ruling attached here.


December 12, 2011 - Governor Brown has filed his ballot initiative with the Attorney General's Office. To read it click here.


October 28, 2011 - The Governor has released his 12-point pension plan. To review, click here.


September 19, 2011 - The Legislature has adjourned session and will not return until January 2012, unless a special session is called by the Governor. Here are a few key bills of ours that are pending on the Governor's desk:

AB 646 (Opposed) -- Impasse Proceedings

AB 16x1 (Support) -- Realignment Clean-Up

SB 293 (Opposed) -- Public Contracts

SB 734 (Opposed) -- Workforce

SB 922 (Opposed) -- Project Labor Agreement


June 30, 2011 - The Governor signed the Budget today. Click here to see his message and line item vetoes.


June 27, 2011 - New Majority Plan Announced - After a crazy week of budget passage, vetoes, Controller withholding pay (click here for his analysis), and dueling press conferences, the Governor, the Speaker and the Pro-Tem announced an agreement today on a majority budget plan, also known as “Plan B.”

The “Plan B” proposal by the Democrats is reported to be relying on$4 billion in revenues coming in to the state, and would trigger mid-year cuts to education, public safety, and IHSS if those funds do not appear. According to press reports this plan would also include a tax swap in order to fund public safety realignment, with a vote to occur as early as tomorrow. At the press conference the Governor and the Democratic Leadership also indicated that they will still pursue revenues to be placed on the ballot in 2012. Some of the other “gimmicks” in the last majority plan have been removed including the sale of state buildings.

This information is still preliminary, so stay tuned.


June 21, 2011 - Controller Chiang halts pay for Lawmakers - Controller Chiang announced today he has blocked pay for lawmakers, rejecting his own party's spending plan as insufficient to satisfy a voter-approved law on timely budgets. The Controller stated: "The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the Governor." Click here to see the press release and summary of the Controller's analysis.


June 16, 2011 - Today the Governor vetoed the State Budget.


May 20, 2011 – Governor Brown released his May Revision on May 16, 2011 which provides for continuing tax extensions, realignment, elimination of 43 boards and commissions, and elimination of over 5,000 state positions. The only area which has received a significant increase is in education.

While the May Revise notes that revenues have been better in the past few months, there is still a $10.8 billion structural deficit that needs to be addressed. Major cuts to health and human services are minor due to the actions taken by the Legislature in March 2011. There are some changes to the realignment proposal including removing AB 3632 and shifting this program to school districts.

UCC’s Summary of the May Revise can be found here.


March 29, 2011 – Governor Brown breaks off Budget discussions with the Republicans. However, he has signed all of the Budget Trailer Bills that were pending on his des


March 4, 2011 - The Budget Conference Committee met yesterday and closed out the remaining items including Realignment. The attached chart provides the actions that UCC has been monitoring. (click here)

The Conference Committee adopted the Governors' proposal on Realignment including the proposed Constitutional Amendment and placeholder Trailer Bill language. However, even though the Conference Committee adopted the Constitutional Amendment, revisions will continue consistent with the negotiations between counties and the Administration.

Other major actions include: eliminating RDAs, cuts to CalWORKs, and $1 billion cut to First Five.


January 10, 2011 - Governor's Budget Proposal - Governor Jerry Brown released his Proposal for the 2011-12 Budget on Monday, January 10, 2011. The Governor proposes $12.5 billion in spending cuts which include substantial cuts to Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, and employee compensation. The Governor also proposed to realign several programs to local governments that will have a major impact on counties. UCC Summary of that Proposal


January 3, 2011 - Governor Brown Inauguration - Governor Jerry Brown was sworn in as the 39th Governor of California this morning. In his inauguration speech he stated his three priorities were: speak the truth; no new taxes; and return services to counties, cities and schools. Governor Brown also discussed loyalty as Californians, and to get past ideology and to act as Californians.

While traditionally the Governor gives the State of the State the first week of January, this has been postponed until after the Budget is released next week. It is also anticipated that the Governor will make several appointments this week.


January 3, 2011 - Budget News - The proposed 2011-12 Budget by Governor Brown is set to be released on January 10, 2011. There have been several reported rumors on the proposed cuts including: eliminating all redevelopment agencies, cutting Medi-Cal services, cuts to IHSS, shifting felons to county jails, and cuts to CalWORKs.

There is also discussion of a June ballot measure to extend existing taxes (Income Tax and VLF) and the possibility of shifting some programs to local government.

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