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Front Page: CA Passes State Budget After All-Nighter

  • After deliberating through the night and securing a breakthrough Republican vote, California state lawmakers have passed a budget deal. The $42 billion budget deficit will be closed with new taxes and severe spending cuts. — SF Chronicle
  • Nearly 5 million US workers are receiving unemployment benefits, an all-time high. — AP
  • President Obama is headed to Canada for his first foreign trip as President. — BBC News
  • US drug companies are outsourcing clinical trials, human studies that determine drug's safety, to other countries, raising ethical and scientific concerns. — New York Times
  • UBS, the largest Swiss bank, has agreed to reveal names of Americans whom US authorities suspect of using Swiss accounts to evade taxes. The US thinks $20 billion has been hidden, and UBS admitted that some employees participated in a scheme to defraud the US. — Huffington Post
  • Some Republican governors may turn down federal stimulus money. Critics say that move puts conservative ideology before the needs of the people, but governors say they are wary of the strings attached to the money. — CBS News


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chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I can't lie - I'm terrified for the people of California when their government collapses in upon itself, but from the historian's point of view, I'm pretty excited to see this come to fruition within my lifetime.
stephley stephley 8 years
Hypno, I wasn't saying blame the budget crisis on him - I'm just saying I don't know of any special Ahnold accomplishments that make him worth having in Sacramento. He's a great cheerleader for the state, but I don't think he's shown any special leadership talent.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well I'm just not the type say things are bad there for the Gov. sucks. I tend to dissect the picture and place blame where blame is due and if it's simply a situation that is grander than the remedy I have to take that into consideration too. Everything that irks us about this budget issue is exactly what the Gov. has been chastising the legislature for ever since he's been in office. Cut spending cut spending cut spending. There for would it make sense for me to place blame in Arni's lap or the legislatures lap. If he tried and no one listened I'm certainly not going to say oh well it was your fault you didn't get them to listen. No I'm going to look at the bozos who didn’t' listen and say hey what the hell. As for Gov. Davis he was a victim of criminal manipulation by energy companies and no one knew what was going on until he was gone. I did not support the recall and thought he should have stayed because I had a feeling the right rock was about to be over turned.
stephley stephley 8 years
"have to take it back" pay it back
stephley stephley 8 years
The point of taking the money when we just have to take it back is that it will create jobs in an economy where they're melting away like snowballs in summer and it will fund long neglected infrastructure projects that will improve the safety, health and educations of our children. Do nothing, or cut more, and our children won't have futures.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
What is the point in taking that money, when we just have to pay it back? It's naive to think it is free money, falling from the skies. It would be like criticizing someone for not taking credit, opting instead to save their money and and actually pay for it in cash. Our government has a real problem with borrowing. They need to learn to spend within their means and stop borrowing against our childrens futures.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Hainan you may not believe what I said is true. I do. I also disagree that this what their constituents want. Do you really believe the majority of people in LA want Jindal to turn down billions of dollars for the state? They really want the governor to turn down funds for highway, rail, and port projects? The all want him to turn down funds to improve drinking water, schools, universities, and law enforcement?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
thats not true liliblu, they are doing what their constituents want them to, not grow the size of the federal government. it's not like it is free money. There is no such thing as a free lunch. So taking the money is just forcing your constituents to pay it back in the future. It's ideological, but I don't think it is political. Welfare is available to me, I choose not to take it. I am better than that, because I know that in order to pay for that welfare, I am stealing from someone else.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
He should force the democrats in legislature to cut more of their programs. First Five and mental health have millions of dollars, not even being used. Fact is, none of the legislature will cut any of their special projects, instead opting to cut general government operations including schools. Major, major failure in california, major!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Bobby Jindal thinks he can be a contender in 2012. That's why he's discussing not taking the stimulus and recovery money. These governors are putting political ambition ahead of their state's needs.
stephley stephley 8 years
What has he done for us Hypno? Not being snarky, I'm simply not aware of anything he's done that any relatively competent person couldn't have done for the state.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yeah, hypno, we thought he wouldn't raise taxes.... we ousted gray davis for raising the car registration, now he is doing the same. He sucks, bad. Overall, most people consider his governorship a failure.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Actually Stephley IMO I would say over all Arni has done a good job, not a great job but good. Considering what people thought of him when he took office I think it's safe to say he prooved their predictions wrong. As for the creation of state debt well that certainly can not be placed in his lap and marked all yours Arni the legislature IMO is to blame for that. He's the one that's been scolding them for the past few years to get it together.
babaloo babaloo 8 years
The Republican governors are taking a huge risk in potentially declining their share of the pork. By not taking all of what has been offered they will insult the Dems, shame them even, by acknowledging the crapola that the spending plan truly is. This despite Dem leaders saying that the governors are putting ideology over what is good for their citizens. Why, isn't that rich coming from a batch of people that didn't even bother reading what they voted for and simply loaded up their plates at the expense of American taxpayers. These governors are showing principal. Something that has been sorely lacking in government leadership. Everything they do is motivated by politics, but in this case in might just be the right to do. Sadly it won't matter because the power hunger in DC runs amok. Language in the spending plan allows for the lawmakers to accept the goodie plate even if the Governor says no thanks. Which is a complete violation, in my estimation, of the tenth amendment to our Constitution. But when has a little thing like the Constitution got in the way of our lawmakers?
stephley stephley 8 years
I wish someone would tell me if California benefitted at all from electing Ahnold governor. The outsourced drug trials story is really discouraging.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
They are going to tax themselves out of existence over there in CA.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
The only reason Maldonado voted for it was because his "demands" were met. "Maldonado's demands included the removal of a proposed 12 cents a gallon gasoline tax, suspending hikes in pay and per diems for lawmakers when the state is facing budget deficits, and a ballot measure in June 2010 that asks voters whether they want open primaries." He only added the removal of the gas tax yesterday. He is all about himself, and it is very,very sad.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Shit- this is the worst budget EVER!
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