Saturday, July 2, 2022
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Adopted Budget Includes Targeted Tax Benefits, One-Time Increases

This week the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed a $300 billion state budget that includes a number of targeted tax benefits for businesses,...
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May Budget Revise Focuses on Use of Record Surplus

The strong economic performance by key California industry sectors and entrepreneurs was reflected last week in the upward revision of the state’s general revenues...

We’ve Reached Peak Budget

The Legislative Analyst has cried “last call” for the state budget bash. Even as the State Legislature enjoys the prospect of spending record budget surpluses,...

Revenue Windfall Provides Opportunity

California’s mighty work-from-home economic engine continues to create massive value for workers, employers and entrepreneurs — and not incidentally for the state treasury. The nonpartisan...
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Bill Proposes New Tax Despite Huge State Surplus

Governor Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposal forecasted another historic surplus estimated to be approximately $45 billion. As 2022 marches on, that surplus continues to...

Governor Signs Sick Leave, Small Business Relief Bills

Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed a bill package providing $6.1 billion in tax relief, tax credits and grants for small businesses hurt by...

Finance Director Says Budget Windfall Gives State Opportunity to Invest in Future

California’s revenues and economic conditions have continued to improve, enabling the state to address some of its greatest threats, such as climate change, the...
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Legislature Passes Budget, Clearing Way for Real Negotiations

The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional obligation this week by approving a state budget just ahead of the June 15 deadline. But meeting the formal...
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Revenue Surge Permits Huge Hike in Budget Plan

Relying on a “once in a lifetime” surge in state revenues, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a revised state budget for 2021–22 roughly $40...
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Californians Can Thank ’70s Tax Revolt for Rebate of Budget Surplus $s

Most Californians will enjoy a one-time tax rebate or payment, courtesy of a massive state revenue windfall and a 42-year-old remnant of the Tax...
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Legislators Urge End to Business Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of 25 California legislators led by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) is urging Assembly Budget leadership to immediately end a tax increase...
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Governor’s Budget Proposes Economic Relief, No New Taxes

Nobody would have been surprised if Governor Gavin Newsom had presented his new state budget wearing a neck brace. The whiplash from budget boom...
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2020 State Budget Depends on Borrowing, New Taxes and Action by Congress

The new state budget went into effect on time last week, after Governor Gavin Newsom signed 20 bills enacting hundreds of pages of new...
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Legislative Analyst Takes First Look at Coronavirus Impact on State Budget

Economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will create logistical and financial challenges for the state budget, the state Legislative Analyst commented this...
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Robust Budget, Key Programs Rely on Private Sector Success

Taxes continue to pour into the state treasury, like spring snowmelt into Lake Oroville. Thanks to the engine of California’s private economy—the creativity of...

Budget Plan Spells Out Steps to Expanding Paid Family Leave

Following up on his January commitment to expanding California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined steps toward that goal in the...

Finance Director Presents Budget Proposal Highlights

We are in extraordinary times right now, but that is punctuated by a lot of uncertainty, California Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler commented this week to a luncheon audience of more than 100 business leaders at the California Chamber of Commerce