budget

Collect on fees already owed

On my recent trek from Auburn to the Roseville Walmart, I couldn’t help noticing the number of vehicles with expired registration. In less than 26 miles, I counted 19 cars with e ...

Balance budget; don’t harm poor

I continue to read that Republicans in Congress, Tom McClintock among them, are supporting significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid to balance the Federal budget. My reaction ...

Pensions are small fraction

The so-called “California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility” report provides an inaccurate view of retirement benefits for public employees. Most California public employee ...

Schools taking deep cutbacks

My students have learned this year about Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Cesar Chavez, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — people who made a difference in the world because they stood up ...

Athletics could fall under budget axe

High school athletics as we currently know them may not exist next year. Sadly, this may be not a parallel to Chicken Little who constantly uttered the well-known phrase, “The sk ...

Placer County grapples with increasing needs of poor

Health and Human Services programs are balancing fewer resources with increasing demands from the needy in Placer County. Dr. Richard Burton, Health and Human Services Department d ...

Spending cuts not a cure-all

You want to balance the federal budget? No problem. Congress and the president enact a spending budget that represents the country’s priorities and values. Then adjust the tax ra ...

Ruffalo: It’s time to get real about our real money crisis

While trying to find that last piece of dark meat to complete the umpteenth turkey sandwich, it occurs to me despite all of the paring and carving we’ve seen from our various gov ...

$2.5 million in Sierra pay cuts reversed

In an overwhelming show of support, the Sierra College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to reverse last year’s controversial pay cuts. The school’s bargaining grou ...

Sierra College finds millions in unanticipated dollars

Higher revenue and less spending led to millions of unanticipated dollars in Sierra College’s coffers this year. Reeling by unexpected changes to the Sierra College operating bu ...