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Sacramento area seniors told of possible budget cuts

Posted Apr 08, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee

Published Friday, Apr. 08, 2011


Executives from the Area 4 Agency on Aging – which funnels more than $6 million in federal grants each year to a host of seniors' nutrition, health and social programs in a seven-county area including Sacramento – warned elder advocates this week to expect significant funding reductions to programs for older adults.

"We're entering the great unknown," said Area 4 Agency on Aging executive director Deanna Lea. "We need a disaster plan, just in case."

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Brown's Countdown, Day 89: California tax debate goes on the road

Posted Apr 08, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee

Published Friday, Apr. 08, 2011


With the budget stuck in neutral, Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are leaving Sacramento to bolster their case for and against taxes.

The dueling roadshows reflect the fact that the parties remain at loggerheads after talks broke down last week. Facing a remaining $15.4 billion deficit, Brown is still seeking an election on taxes.

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Brown's countdown, Day 64: Governor, GOP talk through weekend

Posted Mar 14, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee March 14, 2011

If things had gone according to plan, Gov. Jerry Brown might be on the campaign trail asking voters to support tax extensions to balance the state budget.

Instead, the Democratic governor spent the weekend negotiating with Republican lawmakers to place his tax package on the ballot in exchange for long-term changes on pensions, spending growth and state regulations. [Read More...]



California lawmakers dismissive of aggressive pension rollback

Posted Mar 03, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Lawmakers on Wednesday reacted skeptically to a controversial new proposal to lower public employee pensions throughout state and local government.

"Frankly, I just don't see this happening," said Sen. Alex Padilla during a joint meeting of Assembly and Senate committees that oversee public employee compensation.

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WSJ/NBC poll: Strong Support for Bargaining Rights

Posted Mar 03, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

Americans strongly oppose efforts to strip unionized government workers of their rights to collectively bargain, even as they want public employees to contribute more money to their retirement and health-care benefits, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows. [Read More...]



GOP in California tax talks

Posted Mar 03, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  2 Likes Like Dislike

In what could become a turning point in Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to close California's $26.6 billion deficit, a group of Republican state senators may support the Democratic governor's plan to ask voters for extended tax increases, in exchange for concessions, people familiar with the matter said. [Read More...]



Medi-Cal patients would pay more and have limited doctor visits under governor's proposal

Posted Jan 11, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Medi-Cal patients would have new mandatory co-pays and limits on their prescriptions and doctor visits.

Doctors and nursing homes would be hit with a 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements.

And state funding for adult day health care would be eliminated, making it tougher for thousands of frail seniors to remain in their homes.

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Pension rollbacks part of proposed California budget

Posted Oct 08, 2010 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

State workers hired in mid-November and later will have to wait longer to get their pensions – and those pensions will be smaller – under terms of the budget bill lawmakers plan to vote on today.

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California Legislature heads toward passage of a budget

Posted Oct 08, 2010 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

On the 99th night of the fiscal year, California lawmakers were still debating late Thursday whether to pass a budget, already the latest spending plan in state history.

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SEIU, Schwarzenegger agree to labor pact with pension concessions

Posted Oct 07, 2010 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The Schwarzenegger administration and Service Employees International Union Local 1000 have just announced a tentative labor agreement that includes higher employee contributions to their retirement plans and rolls back pension formulas for new hires to pre-1999 levels.

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