Despite the recent improvements in California’s budget situation, there remain a number of major risks that threaten the state’s new found fiscal stability, including billions remaining in budgetary debt, hundreds of billions of dollars in longer term liabilities for unfunded state employee retiree health care and pensions, as well as demands for new program spending. In addition, a quarter-cent sales tax increase under Proposition 30 will expire at the end of 2016, and the higher income tax rates on the state’s wealthiest residents will expire at the end of 2018. The combination of the fleeting capital gains surge and the temporary Proposition 30 revenues should leave no doubt that the state’s current surplus must be carefully guarded or fiscal ghosts of budgets past will haunt California. … [Read more...] about California’s Fiscal Outlook 2014-2015 — A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity or Headache?
9 year old with headaches
“What did you just say?”Scott Graham writes at the Recorder’s Legal Pad about a lawyer’s misstep in arguments before the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, Verdugo v. Target, was over whether a family of a woman who died of a heart attack in a Target store could sue the retailer over its unavailability of a defibrillator to revive her. … [Read more...] about Around the Blawgosphere: Why Can’t We Deduct Student Loan Interest from Taxes?; 10-Year Blawggers
Kendra Jackson was leaking half a pint of cerebrospinal fluid–the liquid in which your brain is floating right now–every day for five years. Doctors told her that it was merely a chronic allergy problem, despite warning signs like the constant salty taste in the back of her throat. Despite near-suicidal desperation, Jackson pushed through the constant headaches and endlessly runny nose. … [Read more...] about Woman’s Five-Year Runny Nose Was Her Own Brain Fluid
At one point, bar owners were told parking was banned at their businesses before baseball games because of Homeland Security concerns, Kinsey said. Denver Police spokesman John White said Denver police are not aware of any security threats around Coors Field and are not responsible for the bagging the meters. … [Read more...] about Pipeline project causes parking headaches for sports bars near Coors Field
“I think that the critical issue is going to be what the price of soybeans is in the early morning farm reports on Election Day,” said Mike Jacobs, the former editor and publisher of The Grand Forks Herald, in North Dakota’s third-largest city. … [Read more...] about A Supreme Court Vote Is Just One of Heidi Heitkamp’s Headaches