Legislature

Reader input: New tax is just an attack

The governor calling the state Legislature into special session to consider more taxes on motor vehicles and gasoline is a prime example of government malfeasance.  This tax i ...

Reader Input: California budget a source of disagreement

It is budgeting season for our state, county and cities. The fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, requires plans for how California will spend over $1 billion, how Placer County wil ...

Reader Input: Forget new tax; we pay enough

Lately, there has been talk of special interests placing an oil tax on the ballot in 2016. The Legislature has repeatedly introduced bills proposing an oil tax, but they never ma ...

Children thrown under the bus

Is it any wonder California is broke? With the ability to do as we please behind closed doors, CalSTRS will continue this greedy, arrogant, self-enrichment policy because it goes u ...

Local officials react to Legislature-approved budget

With the California Legislature passing a new state budget Tuesday and Gov. Jerry Brown saying he would sign the Democratic document, local representatives and officials are giving ...

California budget runs risk of killing off redevelopment agencies

Although Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the proposed state Democratic budget Thursday, potential threats still hang in the air for Auburn. Brown has said in the past that he wants to dis ...

State needs tax extension

The Legislature and governor need to reach an agreement and act soon on the governor’s January budget proposal to put an extension of the temporary revenues on the June ballot. ...

Balance budget, or lose wages

Re: “No pay until the budget balances,” (Reader Input, July 6) My sentiments exactly, Rocky Warren! Why should the Legislature collect their wages when they are not doing the ...

State should keep hands off county, city tax revenues

“We are not Washington. We cannot print money. We cannot run up trillion-dollar deficits. We can only spend what we have.” With that statement Tuesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneg ...

Budget crunch means long days for legislators, staffers

Behind the scenes, legislators and their staff are working long days as the state’s budget impasse continues. For Sen. Sam Aanestad and four of his team, Saturday ended up being ...