Now that Sacramento City Council members have pumped up their discretionary accounts, at least they're pledging to be more open about where the money goes.
Sugar is sweet, but the sugar industry is sweeter when it comes to getting what it wants in the farm bill. The Senate this month passed its version of the legislation. The bipartisan bill is about $24 billion less expensive than the farm bill of 2008. Nonetheless, it will cost about $955 billion over 10 years, and sugar supports will remain intact. Sugar is the only commodity program that remains untouched in the farm bill now under consideration.
Sacramento County supervisors can't seem to hog enough air time complaining that the county doesn't get enough money from the state for public safety realignment. And the sheriff threatened that he would have to eliminate patrol officers if he didn't get more money. The jail, he said, is his top priority.
The state budget deal crafted by legislative Democrats and the governor contains much to praise and much to criticize and much, much more that is unknown. Here is how it all breaks down:
Who would not be disturbed by the basic facts surrounding EMQ FamiliesFirst, a Davis group home?
For the first time in five years, Sacramento County's proposed budget does not call for layoffs or furloughs or significant cuts.
California taxpayers should not be expected to subsidize card rooms and strip joints, legal though these businesses are.
Legislators have six days to meet the constitutional deadline for passing a budget. It could be legacy time.