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Columnist: Watch How Jerry Brown Spends, Not What He Says

Columnist George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times makes an interesting observation about California Governor Jerry Brown and his new budget: while the governor talks “like a skinflint, a penny-pinching scold,” his spending priorities are liberal, and even radical.

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Gov. Brown Wants $5.2 Billion Tax Increase to Fix Transportation  

Gov. Jerry Brown wants the Democrat-controlled state legislature to hike unpopular registration fees and fuel excise taxes by $5.2 billion a year to fix transportation over the next decade — after years of diverting $1.5 billion in transportation infrastructure taxes to subsidize California’s General Fund bond payments.

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CA High-Speed Rail: Over Budget, Behind Schedule

A new, confidential federal report shows that the initial segment of California’s partially federally-funded high speed rail (HSR) project will come in massively over budget and far behind schedule, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Texas Farmers Promise D.C. Fight for Land, Water

The president of the Texas Farm Bureau warned ranchers and farmers at the 83rd annual meeting that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule for waters in the U.S., “if it’s allowed to happen, will hamstring many farmers and ranchers to the extent that it might not even be possible to farm.” Farmers and ranchers in Texas are struggling with government bureaucracy in many areas.

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Texas Farmers, Ranchers Call for Fairness in Eminent Domain

Texas farmers and ranchers will vote on resolutions to stand-up against taking more farm and ranch lands through eminent domain for high speed rail and other construction projects during a meeting in San Antonio December 3-5. The 83rd meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau will address the challenges in agriculture and rural Texas.

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Jerry Brown’s High-Speed Rail Costs Under Scrutiny

Both Democratic and Republican members of the California State Assembly Transportation Committee discussed the financial risks and the estimated $64 billion dollar price tag for Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy-defining high-speed rail system in nearly three hours of discussions in Sacramento on Monday, focusing on concerns as to where the funding for the massive project will be found.

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Market Turmoil Haunts Jerry Brown’s 2016 Agenda

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual “State of the State” address to the legislature on Thursday, against the backdrop of a volatile stock market that could threaten the state budget surplus he achieved, and cause future fiscal uncertainty. Brown told legislators, “…you are not going to hear me talk today about new programs. Rather, I am going to focus on how we pay for the commitments we have already made.”

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