With the fiscal frenzy nearing its climax, we should be able to take a look at majority Democrats’ budget pitch today.
Look for the Legislature’s conference report to be in print in advance of a scheduled Monday vote on the budget package. The Senate’s lead budget negotiator said lawmakers will pass a bill by the June 15 deadline that reflects an agreement between the Assembly and the Senate – after which they’ll forge a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown for the fiscal year that commences on July 1.
Per usual, legislators and the governor have some different ideas about both how to spend the state’s money and about how much money there actually is to spend, with Brown going with a more conservative revenue assumption. You can get up to speed on the key issues with our primer here.
COAL-ESCING: Speaking of important fiscal decisions, environmentalist sugardaddy Tom Steyer will be visiting the California State Teachers' Retirement System’s investment committee today to try and persuade the massive pension fund to divest from coal – an idea that Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has pushed as part of his climate change agenda (the bill has passed the Senate). CalSTRS made news this week for dropping its investment in a firearms manufacturer and has been studying the coal proposal.
COURTING: The Civil Justice Association of California will be drawing on some legislators today for part of the organization’s conference on California and the courts. Assembly members Richard Bloom, Matt Dababneh, Cristina Garcia, Jimmy Gomez and Patrick O’Donnell are scheduled to share their thoughts during a talk moderated by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez in Beverly Hills today.
TRACK THE LEGISLATURE: What’s influencing lawmakers’ actions? A new data feature in our legislative directory at sacbee.com lets you explore which interests are the biggest givers to each member. You’ll also find key political and census information about every district, including unemployment and poverty rates.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Downey, who turns 74 today.