Capitol Alert: AM Alert: LAO forecasts California's post-Prop. 30 financial future

jwhite@sacbee.comNovember 20, 2013 

As Gov. Jerry Brown and allies have trumpeted the bright fiscal days ushered in by Proposition 30, naysayers have invoked the dark clouds on the distant horizon of the temporary tax increase's eventual expiration.

Their thinking is that Proposition 30 is a band-aid that won't address California's bigger economic issues. Today we'll get preliminary sense of what a post-Proposition 30 California might look like during a forecast by Mac Taylor, the Legislative Analyst's Office's financial guru.

Taylor will be prognosticating in the LAO conference room at 925 L street starting at 11:30 a.m. He'll be talking about the likely status of California's general fund through fiscal year 2019-2020, so most of the ground he'll cover will be when Proposition 30 is in effect - and, it should be added, will also encompass the 2018 gubernatorial election.

VIDEO: California's broad variation in sales taxes has become a confusing jumble, Dan Walters says.

STRIKE!: Lawmakers will join striking University of California workers at picket lines across the state today, backing union members who allege that management cracked down after a previous strike with a campaign of intimidation. Rallying legislators are expected to include Sen. Leland Yee in San Francisco, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner in Berkeley, Assemblyman Mark Stone in Santa Cruz, Assemblyman Richard Pan in Davis, Sen. Alex Padilla in Los Angeles and Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez and Shirley Weber in San Diego.

GREENLIGHT: A few different state agencies will be touting their accomplishments at a Cal/EPA sponsored fair celebrating environmentally friendly resources in honor of America Recycles Day (which was Friday). Organizations with booths will include the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the California High-Speed Rail Authority, CalRecycle and SMUD. At Cal/EPA headquarters on I street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who turns 65 today.

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