A surge in personal income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was the main driver of a much lower-than-expected state appropriations limit for 2014-15, which contributed to Senate layoffs last month. For 2015-16, the limit is expected to be higher, which would allow greater increases in legislative budgets.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.
While protests flared just blocks away over grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, Gov. Jerry Brown declined on Monday to offer any reaction.
California State Controller John Chiang has a plan to pay down future retiree medical expenses that will cost the state $71.8 billion, according to his latest estimate. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, expected out before Jan. 10, will include “a plan to address this unfunded liability – and sustain health benefits for retirees for the long term,” according to the Department of Finance.
California added 335,000 residents from July 1, 2013, through July 1, 2014. The birthrate continued to drop, and 92,000 more residents came to the state than left it, according to new numbers from the state Department of Finance.