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Bill Monning: Preparing for economic recovery

September 06, 2009

Bill Monning

Today, in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, there seem to be more reasons for workers and families living in California to feel discouraged and cynical than optimistic. With the state's latest unemployment figure of 11.9 percent, layoffs continuing to dominate headlines, continued increases in home foreclosures and health insurance elusive for many families and children, the outlook does appear to be grim. Yet, if we take the opportunity to look beyond the immediate issues weighing us down, there are many reasons for us to be hopeful.

Addition by subtraction: fixing the state budget

July 31, 2009
Q: What are possible political reforms that will come out of this budget process?

A: I think the 2010 ballot is going to be ripe with different initiatives.

The language has already been introduced to make the Legislature a part-time Legislature. I think it is coming from an anti-legislator point of view. It comes from people feeling “you took too long to balance the budget.”

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Budget Crisis

June 30, 2009

What is the difference between the Democrat’s budget proposal that failed passage last week and Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal?

We Can Save Our State Parks As Part Of The Budget Solution

June 24, 2009

Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman @ (831) 425-1503

I did not run for state office to cut education, eliminate social safety net and healthcare programs, or to close our state park system.   Unfortunately, I entered government at a time when the world is suffering the ravages of an economic crisis that has afflicted California with unprecedented budget deficits. 

Bill Monning: Reflecting on Memorial Day

May 24, 2009

Bill Monning

Like millions of other Americans, Californians will honor our war dead on Monday, when we commemorate Memorial Day. Here on the Central Coast, families from Santa Cruz to Monterey will pause to consider what it means to lose someone in a war, be it recently in the deserts of Iraq or decades ago on the beach at Normandy. For each person who died serving his/her country, the very act of our remembering makes them more than a name etched on a wall, or on a gravestone in a military cemetery.

Bill Monning: Budget propositions crucial to California

April 26, 2009

Bill Monning

On May 19, California will hold a special election for voters to voice their preferences on how to balance the state's budget.

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