Experts Expound

Experts Expound

Under discussion: “Regarding rival tax-increase plans on the November ballot, should Molly Munger and Jerry Brown do a road show and work together?”

 

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Big Daddy,So what did you think of the surprise budget release last week? Was this a mistake or some sort of clever ploy?–Bemused in Belmont

Dear Bemused,It was a major mistake and somebody’s head will roll. Somebody’s head always rolls.

A budget replete with misery and major changes – as this one is – needs

Experts Expound

Experts Expound

“Yet more budget misery: The December numbers are in and the state fell short of revenue projections by $2.5 billion for the first half of the fiscal year. Total hole (maybe): $9.2 billion. So what do we do now?”

Government should run like an efficient corporation. It should cook its books.

Move to Texas.

What

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Dear Big Daddy,I’ve worked in the Capitol for four years and I’ve been dating a reporter, off and on, for the last eight months. We’ve kept it quiet because he thought we would have problems if the word got out, although I don’t see why. What do you think?–Just Wondering

Dear Just,

Keep it quiet.

Experts Expound

Experts Expound

Can the governor raise enough money to successfully push his $7 billion-a-year tax plan for the November 2012 ballot? Some tribes have put up $275,000. Who else will help finance this?

The governor can raise enough money to meet the campaign budget but the reality is that he is not going to be able to

Experts Expound

Experts Expound

A billion dollars’ worth of budget cuts are announced with more on the way. Is there any good news at all in the triggered cuts? What are Brown’s options?

This is fiscal reality.  Brown was a truth-teller during the campaign and now he is having to do what he said.

There is no good news

Experts Expound

Experts Expound

“The payroll deduction proposal will be on the Nov. 2012 ballot. Unions hate it, businesses love it. In some cases, it also bars state contractors from contributing to candidates’ political committees. What’s your take?”

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: Of course you know, this means war.

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