California borrowing benefits from market, improved budget stability

Wall Street, which has long frowned on California and its budget grief, cracked a smile Tuesday.

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Report: Prison population reductions insufficient

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to keep tens of thousands of low-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons won’t reduce the inmate population enough to fully comply with a federal court order, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday.

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LAO Says Realignment not Enough

In this report the Legislative Analyst Office says that realignment of low level offenders and parole violators to the counties will not be enough to meet the Supreme Court order on crowding reduction. It recommends comparing the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs in California and in the out-of-state facilities.

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Legislative analyst identifies massive cuts if taxes fail

If lawmakers pursue a cuts-only budget to solve the state’s $26.6 billion deficit, they could eliminate class-size reduction, require that kindergarten students be 5 years old at enrollment and hike university tuition by another 7 to 10 percent, according to a new review by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Brown to propose broad list of budget cuts

The broad set of budget cuts that Gov.-elect Jerry Brown will propose in the coming days would touch nearly all Californians, eliminating local redevelopment agencies, shrinking social service benefits, shuttering parks and reducing library hours, according to a source familiar with his budget proposal.

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Trade secrets: inmate health-care contracts kept confidential

Hundreds of millions of dollars are involved in a new state contract for prison health care, but there’s no telling now exactly much money California is spending under the agreement, which takes effect in just weeks. Even lawmakers are kept in the dark.
The contract and its fiscal details are secret because of an exemption related to health care information within the state Public Records Act, said Liz Kanter, a spokesperson for the California Prison Health Care Services, the government body that awarded the contract to Health Net Federal Services, an outside HMO and subsidiary of Health Net.

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