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This week on Valley Edition FM89 reporter goes on a boating trip on Pine Flat Lake to find out how the El Nino and the aftermath of the Rough Fire could increase debris and sediment flows in the lake. We also here from KVPR's Jeffrey Hess about medical marijuana laws in the Valley. Later in the program we hear from journalist Tessa Stuart about her recent story detailing a ponzi scheme that rocked the Tulare County dairy industry. We also chat with Bakersfield City Manager, Alan Tandy , about...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The City of Bakersfield is searching for ways to tighten its fiscal belt thanks in part to lower oil prices. Over the past twelve months, city sales tax revenue has been nearly 5 percent below budget expectations. That’s left the city council considering mid-year budget adjustments, seeking to trim $1.4 million from this year’s books. In a report presented to the city council on Wednesday, city manager Alan Tandy outlined a possible slate of cuts. They could include a reduction in spending on...

California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls For Fiscal Discipline In State Of The State Address

Jan 21, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

In his record 14 th State of the State address, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged continued fiscal restraint and warned of a pending economic slowdown that could stunt the state’s recovery from the Great Recession. In his speech at the state Capitol Thursday morning, the four-term governor called for preparation for a slowdown, increasing the state’s voter-approved Rainy Day Fund and continuing to pay down debts. “We live today in a world that is profoundly uncertain. What happens far away...

Brown's Budget Gives State Parks System One Year To Turn Around

Jan 21, 2015
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California’s state parks system has faced a rough few years: Deep cuts during the recession, and a financial scandal that rocked the department. Now, a state commission is just days away from releasing a report that demands the department modernize itself – and Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget proposes only enough money to buy the parks system a year to turn itself around. Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler reports from Sacramento. Barely a cannon’s shot from the state Capitol is Sutter’s Fort...

Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes

Jun 11, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California’s In-Home Supportive Services program allows the disabled to remain in their homes by paying for their caregivers. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a proposal to modify the program is creating tension in the state budget process. James and Judy Lee are caregivers to this son Justin, who was born with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Because of the severity of his condition, his mom Judy became certified as an In-Home Supportive Services worker. This allows her to be paid...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

At a press conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her proposed 2015 budget for the City of Fresno. In a departure from the major shortfalls the city has faced since 2009, the proposal emphasizes paying off debt, bolstering city services, and increasing the operating reserve to help prepare for unforeseen costs. The $995 million budget proposes increasing the daily staffing of the Fresno Fire Department and purchasing 4 new fire engines; dedicating an additional $2...

Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve

Apr 16, 2014
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week. But Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support. Ben Adler has more from Sacramento. There’s already a “rainy day fund” on the November ballot, but Democrats want to replace it with one they like better. Brown Finance Director Michael Cohen says the governor’s proposal would...

Office of Darrell Steinberg

The leader of California’s Senate is issuing words of caution on Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use money from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help pay for construction of high speed rail. Speaking with Valley Public Radio, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he’s concerned about the rail authority’s plan to finance construction of the next stage of the bullet train, which would go from Bakersfield over the Tehachapi Mountains to Palmdale in Southern California. Steinberg: ...

Brown's Budget Proposal Spends Cap and Trade Money

Jan 9, 2014
California High Speed Rail Authority

California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes some major investments in the environment. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it lays out how he wants to spend $850 million in revenue from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade. As expected, Governor Brown wants to invest a large portion of money raised from carbon auctions on High Speed Rail. The proposal includes $300 million for construction and integration of the rail system that he’s pitched...

Rosy California Budget Projections Prompt Calls for New Spending

Dec 3, 2013
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California’s non-partisan budget analyst has declared the state’s structural deficit a thing of the past and projected multi-billion dollar surpluses for years to come. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, that’s prompting calls from some Democrats and progressive groups to reinvest in programs hit hard by recession-era budget cuts. When Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor released his budget projections a few weeks ago, he tempered the good news with words of caution: Taylor: “We’ve given...

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